Current Research

Updated 3/9/17

Thank you for your interest in research projects regarding education in Pennsylvania. If you have a project you would like PMEA membership input on, please contact PMEA Executive Director, Abigail Young

A survey is being conducted in an effort to gain insight into Pennsylvania High School Band Directors’ opinions regarding the curricular nature of marching band.  The survey is being completed in partial fulfillment of the Master’s of Music Education degree program at Lebanon Valley College.  The survey will only take 5-10 minutes of your time to complete.
If you could be of assistance, please review the curriculum documents of the Cumberland Valley High School Marching Band and respond to the questions in the following survey: (you may have to copy & paste URL into your browser)
The survey will be live until 9pm on Thursday, March 30, 2017.


You are invited to participate in a study called “Adapted Lessons in Music Therapy and Music Education: A Comparative Thematic Analysis.” The purpose of this study is to understand the use of adaptive lessons by Music Educators and Music Therapists and how their theoretical backgrounds and experience informs their decision-making. Volunteers are currently being recruited to participate in this study, which will involve being interviewed about your experience providing adaptive music lessons. This interview will last approximately 1 hour. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Nicole Hahna, Ph.D., MT-BC ([email protected]), Vern Miller, MMT, MT-BC ([email protected]), or Christina Eisenreich ([email protected]).

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Dear Pennsylvania Music Educator:

In a few days, you will be asked to complete the Beginning Music Teacher Mentoring Questionnaire.  This survey is part of my music education dissertation project on the impacts of mentoring programs.  You have been contacted in the hopes of reaching music teachers in years 1, 2, 3, and 4 of their careers in Pennsylvania.  If you are a music teacher in years 1-4, you will be asked to please complete the forthcoming online questionnaire.

 Your participation, which is only a minimal time commitment, consists of completing two short surveys: one in December 2016 (7-9 minutes) and one in March (6-8 minutes).  All information you provide will remain confidential.  It is important to answer honestly, as your responses will inform our profession about the specific benefits of mentoring programs.

Additionally, 100 survey respondents that elect to complete both the December 2016 and March 2017 versions of the survey will be eligible for a 5 USD Starbucks gift card, and one survey respondent that completes both survey administrations will receive a 50 USD Visa gift card.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or at (573) 999-2212.  Thank you in advance for your information on this important project!


Bryan Koerner

Ph.D. Candidate in Music Education

University of Colorado Boulder