PMEA Research Committee


Save-the-dates: Invitation to mark your calendars!

2018 PMEA Annual In-Service Conference


The committee will host varied types of research presentations at the 2018 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual In-Service Conference, April 18-21, in Lancaster. Between August 1 and October 2, 2017, the PMEA Research Committee welcomes submissions of abstracts for review. Consult the PMEA Research Web Page ( beginning August 1, 2017 for information about the types of submissions for consideration, and details about the submission process.


2018 Call for Proposal Guidelines: NAfME Music Research & Teacher Education National Conference

Download a copy of the Proposal Guidelines for the 2018 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference held in Atlanta, GA on March 22 – 24, 2018.  Submission deadline October 2, 2017.


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 ([email protected]) 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.


PMEA 2017 Research Presentations

Invited Researcher

Friday, April 21, 12:45 – 1:45

Dr. Brent C. Talbot                                                                                                                                       

Associate Professor of Music Education, Gettysburg College

“Systematic Oppression in/through Music Education”


Poster Session

Thursday, April 20, Noon – 1 p.m. – Research Poster Session (Exhibit Hall Lobby Area)

David Goss ~~ A Mixed-Methods Examination of Expert Band Directors’ Rehearsal Pedagogy

Darrin Thornton & Nicole Becker ~~ What’s Going On? Teaching Racial Literacy in Music Classrooms

Alexander K. Schweizer & Brent C. Talbot ~~ Why are you waving your hands like that?: An analysis of musical meaning-making in a cross-cultural music learning environment

Lindsey Ray, David Tedford & Amelia Garbisch ~~ To See or Not To See: Music Education for Students with Sight-Impairment

Alison Spencer, Marissa Robert & Amelia Garbisch ~~ Singing With Your Hands: Using American Sign Language in Prekindergarten

Stephanie Latella, David Tedford & Amelia Garbisch ~~ Indoor Marching Band: The Next Generation of Marching Ensembles in Pennsylvania

Rachel Lipski & Amelia Garbisch ~~ The Great Musical Melting Pot: Analyzing the Role of Contemporary American Folk Music in Pennsylvania General Music Settings

Abigail Koehler ~~ High School Music Theory: Perceptions of the AP Music Theory Exam’s Influence on Teaching and Learning

Jay Dorfman ~~ Examining Music Teachers’ Experiences in a Rock Band Performance and Pedagogy Professional Development Course

Edward J. Holmes & Brent C. Talbot ~~ Towards A More Inclusive Music Education: Experiences of LGBTQQIAA Students In Music Education Programs Across Pennsylvania

Craig Dennison ~~ Reflections on Becoming Music Teachers

Karah Barrist ~~ Choral Directors’ Perspectives on A Cappella Participation

Ryan Thomas Gross & Craig Denison ~~ The Musician’s Approach to Cancer

Krysta Moyer & Amelia Garbisch ~~ Leaving Out the Little Ones: The Rate of Music Training in

James Eldreth ~~ Exploring America’s Music: Jazz Pedagogy in the Elementary General Music Setting 

Mitch Davis ~~ What About the 2nd Violins? Yearly Student Mobility in Middle School String Orchestras

Kathleen Doutt ~~ A Consideration of Best Practices in Peruvian Elementary and Secondary School Music Education Programs

Research to Practice Workshops: Locations Featured in the Conference Program

Thursday, April 20, 10:30-11:30am

Dr. Darrin Thornton & Dr. Nicole Becker: “What’s Going On? Teaching Racial Literacy in Music Classrooms”

Thursday, April 20, 3:00-4:00pm

Dr. David Goss: “Documenting the Paths to Success of Midwest Clinic Band Directors”

Friday, April 21, 9:45-10:45am 

Edward Holmes & Dr. Brent Talbot: “Towards A More Inclusive Music Education: Experiences of LGBTQQIAA Students in Music Education Programs Across Pennsylvania”

Research Forum:  Location Featured in the Conference Program

Friday, April 21, 2:15-3:15pm

Abigail Koehler: “High School Music Theory: Perceptions of the AP Music Theory Exam’s Influence on Teaching and Learning”
Alexander K. Schweizer & Dr. Brent Talbot: “Why Are You Waving Your Hands Like That? An Analysis of Musical Meaning-Making in a Cross-Cultural Music Learning Environment”


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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