PMEA Research Committee


NAfME Eastern/Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference

April 4-7, 2019

Pittsburgh, PA


Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT October 1, 2018

Research proposals are now being accepted for consideration through a blind review process for presentations at the 2019 NAfME Eastern Division/Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, April 4-7. Submitted materials correspond 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. Accepted presenters must attend the poster session.

 *Option 2, Poster and Research Presentation

  • If abstract is accepted for poster presentation, primary author requests its consideration also for paper presentation at a Research Forum session.

*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 a Research-to-Practice Workshop. (Workshop presenters actively involve attendees in applications of the submitted research procedures, outcomes, and/or implications.)

*Option 4, Poster and Research Symposium

  • If abstracts of completed research for each of three separate-but-related projects are accepted for poster presentation, researchers from those three projects request review of additional symposium materials for consideration for presentation of those projects during a Research Symposium.

For complete requirements, instructions and digital submission form: click here.


American Orff-Schulwerk Association

Professional Development Conference

November 7-10, 2018

Watch for access to the digital poster session.


PMEA 2018 In-service Conference

April 19-21, 2018

Research Presentations

Invited Researcher

Susan W. Conkling

Professor of Music, Music Education, Boston University college of Fine Arts

Who’s Afraid of a Little Theory?

When we inquire into music education—whether our questions come from our practice as teachers or our observations as researchers and administrators—we take a little theory with us. This interactive session is designed to help us become more aware of how we are already using theory, and the possibilities of theory in inquiry-based practice.

Presented on Friday, April 20, 11:30am-12:30pm, Location featured in Conference Program

Research to Practice Workshops:

RESEARCH-TO-PRACTICE I:  Thursday, April 19th, 10:30-11:30, Location featured in Conference Program

Erik Piazza: Creativity Musical Activities to Enhance Achievement in Ensemble Rehearsals

RESEARCH-TO-PRACTICE II:  Thursday, April 19th, 3:00-4:00pm, Location featured in Conference Program

Jason Jones: Step “In Time”: Effective Subdivision Strategies for Elementary General Music

Poster Presentations

Thursday, April 20th 12:00-1:00pm, Lobby Area of Exhibit Hall

Mitchell Davis: The Effects of Independent Chamber Music on Band Students’ Creativity

Olivia Dowd: The Ethic of Care in Music Education

Michquelena Ferguson: School of Music Ensemble Directors’ Attitudes Toward Non-Music Major Participation in Collegiate Ensembles

Val Flamini: Optimal Experience in the Choral Setting

Deanna Goudelias: Vocal Health and Wellness from the Undergraduate Vocalists’ Perspective

Mackinlay Hines: Beginner Free Improvisation

Jason Jones: Elementary Music Teacher Perception and Instruction of Subdivision: A Mixed Methods Study

Louis Kugleman: Comprehensive Musicianship to the National Core Arts: Tracing Music Education Standards

Joshua Long: The Need for a Community Band

Amanda Miller: Imagining Possible Futures: Policy and Advocacy Education in Music Teacher Training Programs

Matthew Palmer: Teach Them Opera: The Influence of Teaching Italian Opera to K-12 Students in the General Music Classroom

Erik Piazza: Creative Musical Activities in Performing Ensembles

Lindsey Ray: Bridging the Gap: Identifying Resources Used by Successful Music Educators in Order to Make Music Education More Inclusive for Students with Emotional Support Needs

Elizabeth Robbins: Effects of Race and Gender on Pre-service Music Teacher’s Attitudes Toward Composer Diversity

Kate Seller: Discrimination and Isolation Among Female High School Band Directors

Daniel Shevock: Satis Coleman’s Environmental Philosophy: An Intellectual History

Daniel Shevock & Linda Thornton: Band Director Perceptions of Tradition and Change

Yunshu Tan: From Formal Learning to Informal Learning: A Case Study of a Chinese International Non-music Majors’ Pop/Rock Band

Jason Vodicka: Student Teaching, Self Reflection, and Social Learning

Michael Wall: Creative Spaces and Democratic Practice in the School Band Room

Sarah Watts: Beyond the Classroom Walls:  Alumni, Faculty, and Student Collaboration in Global Contexts

Le Zhang: To Be or Not to Be: The Implication of International Baccalaureate Music Curriculum

Research Forum: 

RESEARCH FORUM I:  Friday, April 20th, 10:00-11:00am, Location featured in Conference Program

Michael Wall: Creative Spaces and Democratic Practice in the School Band Room

Kate SellersDiscrimination and Isolation Among Female High School Band Directors

Daniel Shevock & Linda Thornton: Band Director Perceptions of Tradition and Change

RESEARCH FORUM II:  Friday, April 20, 2:30-3:30pm, Location featured in Conference Program

Jason Vodicka: Student Teaching, Self Reflection, and Social Learning

Mackinlay Himes: Beginner Free Improvisation


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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