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


Self-Compassion Study

I am an Assistant Professor of Elementary General Music and Choral Music Education at San Diego State University and an active member of the National Association for Music Education, serving as the University Collegiate Liaison for the California Music Educators Southern Border Section. My colleague, Karen Koner, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Music Education at San Diego State University focusing on Instrumental Music Education.

We are currently recruiting for a study in which we are surveying K-12 music teachers about their self-compassion. We are building off the work of a previously tested, valid, reliable survey instrument – the Self-Compassion Scale (Neff et al., 2021).

You can preview the survey here:

Respondents should be able to complete the survey in about 10-12 minutes.


Work/Life Balance and Efficacy in Music Teachers

You are invited to take an anonymous survey to collect information on career trajectory, efficacy, job satisfaction, work/life balance, and mental health in PreK-12 music teachers. Participants who complete the survey will be eligible to enter a raffle for one of two $35 Amazon gift cards.

Survey Link:
Deadline: May 13th


Music Tech Class Study

Music teachers – do you teach or know someone who teaches a music tech class in the United States? If so, please consider participating in a research project to help us all better understand the curricular landscape of these classes and the beliefs about education teachers of those classes hold. The attached link will direct you to a survey that takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey has been approved by the Kent State University IRB, and the results will be anonymously reported in a PhD dissertation later this year. Please consider taking the survey yourself, if applicable, or sharing this link with a music tech colleague. Thank you for your time and please reach out over email if you have any questions or concerns. David Thompson