PMEA Research Committee


2022 PMEA Call for Research

Runs from Wednesday, August 11 until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 15, 2021

Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT October 15, 2021

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Research Committee announces a Call for Research for presentation at the PMEA Annual In-Service Conference to be held at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, in Pocono Manor, PA, April 6-April 9, 2022. The PMEA Research Committee will blind review submission materials corresponding with the indicated option at time of submission:

Option 1, Poster Only 

Abstracts of completed or in-progress research of any type (i.e., quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, philosophical, historical) for Poster Session presentation.

Option 2, Poster and Research Presentation 

If completed or in-progress abstract is accepted for poster presentation, primary author requests its consideration also for paper presentation at one of two Research Forums.

Option 3, Poster and Research-to-Practice Workshop

If abstract for completed research project is accepted for poster presentation, primary author requests review of additional workshop submission materials for consideration also for presentation during one of two Research-to-Practice Workshops. (Workshop presenters actively involve attendees in applications of the submitted research procedures, outcomes, and/or implications.)

*The window for submitting proposals for research session presentations is August 11 – October 15, 2021.

Instructions for Submission

  • Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), October 15, 2021
  • For complete instructions to prepare an abstract for each of your research submissions, go to

Note the following additional requirements:

  1. Submitters should not have published the results of their submitted research, and must disclose the name of conference, location, and presentation date if the submitted research has been simultaneously submitted for a separate presentation or already presented at one or more conference.
  2. Submission of a research proposal is a commitment by all co-authors to register for the PMEA conference, and attend the session(s) for which the research is accepted.
  3. All researchers presenting on PMEA programs must be members of NAfME, or register for the PMEA conference at the non-member rate.
  4. Submission of a research proposal assumes acceptance of the scheduled time.
  5. 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).
  6. For accepted research, primary author agrees to prepare an updated abstract with additional information for distribution at the poster session presentation. Details to include on the updated abstract will be provided in the notification of acceptance.

Abstracts and outlines will be blind-reviewed and notifications will be sent electronically to primary authors by Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Accepted primary authors will be asked to confirm attendance by midnight, EDT, November 3, 2021. Presenters at PMEA 2022 have the option of sharing their updated abstract for our posting to the PMEA Research webpage. Thank you! We look forward to your submission(s).


PMEA Research Forum Webinar Recording
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

View Webinar Recording Here.


Photo of Margaret Harrigan, Presenter
Margaret Harrigan, Eastman School of Music, Burlington Public Schools
An Examination of Elementary General Music Students’ Actions, Interactions, and
Perceptions of Learning Through Music Play


Photo of Lauren Ryals, PresenterLauren Ryals, Doctoral Student, Temple University
An Exploratory Study of Community Band Members’ Impressions of
Skills and Behaviors Successful for Band Directing

Dr. Nancy Beitler

PMEA Research Forum Webinar Recording
Thursday, May 14th, 2020

View Webinar Recording Here.

Photo, Jenny Hutton, Presenter
Jenny Hutton, Choral Music Teacher, Cheltenham High School; Doctoral Student, Temple University
The Lived Experiences of K-12 Music Educators’ Development of Teacher-Student Relationships


Photo, Aimee Pearsall, Presenter
Aimee Pearsall, Music Department. University of Delaware
(Photo releases were obtained.)

Aimee Pearsall, Instructor of Music Education, University of Delaware; Doctoral Student, Temple University
The Impact of a Statewide Advocacy Day on Pre-service Music Teachers’ Policy

Dr. Brent Talbot,
Gettysburg College


PMEA 2020 Research Poster Presentation and Abstracts
When PMEA 2020, scheduled for April 23rd-25th, had to be cancelled, PMEA and the Research Committee offered presenters alternative presentation options. Following are abstracts for in-progress and completed research. Questions about researchers’ projects can be addressed to researchers directly, using contact information on their abstracts.

Brian Ackles: The Agile Centered Classroom

Dustin Burgess: Shorter University: Effects of Time Management and Time Perception on Teacher Usage of Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance

Marissa Guarriello, Eastman School of Music & Kevin Feher, Pennridge High School: Student Perceptions of Composition Activities in Two Secondary Ensembles of Different Ability Levels

Margaret C. Harrigan, Eastman School of Music, Burlington Public Schools: An Examination of General Music Students’ Actions, Interactions, and Perceptions of Learning Through Music Play

Jennifer C. Hutton, Cheltenham High School, Temple University: The Lived Experiences of K-12 Music Educators’ Development of Teacher-Student Relationships

Joshua E. Long, Marist College: Musicians Absent from Community Band Participation

Joshua E. Long, Marist College: Bethlehem Steel Company Band: An Industrial Reach into the Community

Christopher M. Marra, Seton Hill University: Perceived Stress in Undergraduate Instrumental Music Majors

Douglas McCall, The Pennsylvania State University: The Development of Music Teacher Identity in Choral Student Teachers

Aimee Pearsall, University of Delaware, Temple University: The Impact of Statewide Advocacy Day on Preservice Music Teachers’ Policy and Advocacy Awareness

Lauren Ryals, Temple University: An Exploration of Community Band Members’ Impressions of Skills and Behaviors Successful for Band Directing

Jeff Torchon, Temple University: Enrique Jorrín and Cha-Cha-Chá: Creation, Historical Importance and influences on American Music Education

Sarah H. Watts, Pennsylvania State University: World Music Pedagogy and Building Empathy in Early Childhood

Le Zhang, The Pennsylvania State University: Cultural Colonialism, Academic Rigor, or Both? A Study of ABRSM Examinations in Northern China


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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