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


Survey on a Band Director’s Preparedness for Injury and Injury Prevention in High School Marching Band

Hello, my name is Marshall Henry, and I am a senior Music Education major at the Pennsylvania State University. I am a student in the Schreyer Honor’s College and as a part of my undergraduate thesis, I will be discussing band director preparedness for injury and Injury prevention in high school marching band. This research expands upon limited scholarly research pertaining to high school marching band and the sports medicine associated with it. 

You are invited to participate based on your experience, knowledge and association to teaching high school marching band. There will be an online survey that will approximately take 10 minutes to complete. Unfortunately, I am unable to compensate you for your time.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the survey:

Thank you very much for your time!
Marshall S. Henry
Schreyer Honors College- Music Education 
Pennsylvania State University


NFHS Orchestra Study

Hello State Music Administrator,

The NFHS is partnering with legendary string educators and players, Dr. Bob Gillespie (The Ohio State University) and Mark Wood (Mark Wood Music), on the 21st Century Orchestra Project. This project kicks off with a research study that we are asking you to send to all of the orchestra directors in your state.

The purpose of the study is to identify orchestra curriculum and best practices among high school orchestra programs in the United States. The survey should take only about 5 minutes to complete.

Please use this link: when sending out the survey OR use the PDF attachment.

This is the link that takes you directly to the survey: Please Distribute the Survey

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. James Weaver (