PMEA Research Committee


In 2020, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) will bring together for the first time our national PreK-12 music education conference, our biennial music research and teacher education conference, and the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles featuring students from across the nation.
Amplify 2020: Bringing the Future into Focus
November 5-7, 2020

Orlando, Florida

This gathering of educators, researchers, and students will provide an unparalleled opportunity for interaction, interconnection, and interdisciplinary learning among all conference attendees. Therefore, the committee is placing forward an early call for original collaborative action research proposals, in which higher education researchers and PreK-12 educators create proposals in partnership. With this early call, the authors of an accepted proposal can use the 2019-2020 school year to undertake their project and discover their findings prior to presentation at the November 2020 conference.
Please click here to view the full request for proposals. The submission deadline is Friday, June 28, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time.


Gordon Institute for Music Learning Research Poster Session

                     7th International Conference on Music Learning Theory

       July 30 – August 1, 2019

Oak Park, Illinois

Call for Research
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2019
The Development Commission of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning invites submission of recent research reports for review and consideration to be presented during the Research Poster Session at the Seventh International Conference on Music Learning Theory (July 30 – August 1, 2019 in Oak Park, Illinois). Research reports in music education or other related topics (e.g., audiation, aptitude, measurement and evaluation, psychology, early childhood, pedagogy) are welcome. Our goal is to encourage and share the work of music researchers, students, and practitioners. We welcome research studies from music educators who teach at all levels and who employ a broad spectrum of research methodologies. Completed master’s theses or doctoral dissertations, as well as reports of other original research studies, are all of interest and appropriate for submission. Submissions must adhere to guidelines described in the Journal of Research in Music Education Code of Ethics.
To submit a proposal, follow this link to the submission portal via Google Forms ( Questions can be directed to Jill Reese ( Once you get to the submission portal, you will be asked for the following information:
1. Name of Primary Researcher and Co-Researchers, Institution(s), and Primary Researcher E-mail (used for contact purposes, but removed for reviewing)
2. Title of the research study
3. An abstract (maximum 500 words) including theoretical framework and/or connection to literature, purpose of the research, questions or problems of the study, participants/subjects (if applicable), and design/method, and analysis. For completed research, also provide the findings/results and how they inform practice.
4. A brief abstract (maximum 50 words).
Note the following additional requirements:
1. Submission of a research proposal is a commitment by all co-authors to register for the GIML International Conference on Music Learning Theory, and attend the session(s) for which the research is accepted.
2. All authors with accepted posters must either register for the conference as members of GIML or will need to register for the conference at the non-member rate.
4. The primary author of a research proposal with multiple authors will be responsible for informing all additional authors of all notifications and specifics relating to the session(s).
Submission deadline is May 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process by e-mail. Decisions will be made by May 22, 2019. Those participating in the Research Poster Session are expected to register for and attend the conference. Early registration deadline is July 1, 2019. Additional conference information can be found at




Music Research Web Site

Brian Wesolowski Calls for Papers and Conference Session Proposals (as well as announcements for open music education positions in higher education) from a variety of state, national, and international sources on his Music Research Web Site. To sign up to receive email notifications from him, click on Add Name at the Directory link.


Teacher/Researcher Partnership project

Teachers have questions, and higher ed faculty have research experience. If you have a question about your classes, music program, or the profession, contact the Research Committee ( and we will partner a PMEA member teacher with a researcher with expertise in the area of your question. You can develop a project together, and work together to find answers. Previous projects have involved a general music teacher required to teach classes to a new age level, and a band/string teacher wanting to learn ways student journaling guided her teaching and reflective practice.


Research Articles

Research Links

Research Suggestions

Have a suggestion for a research project? Grad students and faculty in PMEA are interested in ideas for projects! Please submit a question or problem you think would make a good project by clicking here.

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