Current Research

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



My name is Laura Eason, and I am a Masters of Music Education candidate at the University of Oregon. I’m in the process of collecting data for my thesis project, and I’m hoping that you might be able to help. If you’re a high school band director, please consider taking a moment to complete this short online questionnaire. This survey is meant to measure the perceptions of quality and familiarity of marches among high school directors. There are no wrong answers; I am interested in your experience with these marches and your opinion on their quality. It won’t take more than about 6 minutes to complete, and you would be contributing to research that may benefit the selection of quality literature for high school bands in the future. Thank you for your time!

To continue, please follow this link to the Survey:

Thank you!
Laura Eason


Dear Pennsylvania Music Educator:

As faculty at Ithaca College’s School of Music and Cornell University’s Department of Performing and Media Arts, we request your assistance with our research on music educators’ involvement with K-12 musical theater production.

We know that some music educators may be called upon to work in student musical theater, and we have developed a brief survey to help us understand more about the scope and range of these activities as well as music educators’ own backgrounds in musical theater. The data we collect will allow us to assess the college-level training and curricular options we provide to music education students in relation to the job expectations they may encounter. 

This survey should take you about 10 minutes to complete. Your participation is voluntary, and your responses will remain confidential. 

Please click here to access the survey:

Thank you very much for assisting us with our research.
Dr. Susan Avery, Music Education, Ithaca College
Dr. J. Ellen Gainor, Performing and Media Arts, Cornell University
Dr. Brad Hougham, Voice, Ithaca College