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Music Education Research


An Introduction

Peter Miksza, Julia T. Shaw, Lauren Kapalka Richerme, Phillip M. Hash, and Donald A. Hodges

03 April 2023

ISBN: 9780197639764

488 pages

In Stock

Price: £32.99


Designed to be used as a primary text in introductory research methods courses, Music Education Research: An Introduction aims to orient even the most novice researchers toward basic concepts and methodologies.

  • Written by leading experts in the field
  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to historical, philosophical, qualitative, quantitative, and action research approaches
  • Develops basic scholarly skills such as searching for, synthesizing, writing about, and disseminating scholarly work

About the Author(s)

Peter Miksza, Professor of Music Education, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Julia T. Shaw, Associate Professor of Music Education, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Lauren Kapalka Richerme, Associate Professor of Music Education, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Phillip M. Hash, Professor of Music Education, Illinois State University, and Donald A. Hodges, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Peter Miksza is Professor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and an affiliate member of the Indiana University Cognitive Science Program. He serves as Editor of the Journal of Research in Music Education. Julia T. Shaw is Associate Professor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she teaches courses in qualitative research, college music teaching, choral methods, and inclusive participatory music practices. Lauren Kapalka Richerme is Associate Professor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on philosophy, sociology, and instrumental methods. Phillip M. Hash is Professor of Music Education at Illinois State University. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Research in Music Education, and currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education and the

Journal of Band Research. Donald A. Hodges served as Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Research Institute (2003-2013) and is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Table of Contents

    1. The Role of Research in Music Education
    2. The Typical Components of Music Education Research
    3. Conducting a Review of Related Literature
    4. Historical Research
    5. Philosophical Researchers' Aims and Processes
    6. Conducting Philosophical Research: Additional Considerations
    7. Characteristics of Qualitative Inquiry
    8. Common Elements of Qualitative Research Reports
    9. Qualitative Case Study Research
    10. Additional Qualitative Approaches: Ethnography, Grounded Theory, Narrative, and Phenomenology
    11. Quality and Rigor in Qualitative Research
    12. Quantitative, Descriptive, and Correlational Research
    13. Experimental Research
    14. Designing Experimental Research
    15. Measurement
    16. Descriptive Statistics
    17. Correlational Statistics
    18. Determining Differences with Inferential Statistics
    19. Action Research
    20. Scholarly Writing: Practice, Patience, and Passion
    21. Disseminating Research


"This fresh, new book captures the remarkable diversification and advancement of music education research that has taken place over the last several years. Concise yet comprehensive, Miksza et al.'s resource should be required reading for each and every one of our graduate students." - Martin J. Bergee, Professor of Music Education, University of Kansas

"Music Education Research: An Introduction is the perfect text for music educators interested in studying the important issues of teaching and learning in their classrooms. Authors in the text write in an accessible way and highlight the key concepts that relate to research design when referencing music education studies. I can't wait to use it as a text with my Summers-only Master of Music Education students who are curious and want to know more, in practitioner terms, how to design, implement, and interpret their own research projects as well as understand the research of others." - Colleen Conway, Professor of Music Education, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

"This comprehensive and approachable volume promises to be the 'household text' for the next generation of music education researchers. The book is rich with recent examples of music education scholarship from a wide range of methods and perspectives. Complex topics are presented thoughtfully and pedagogically, with ample practical applications and how-to steps for students who are new to the world of research. At the same time, the text provides such a thorough and thoughtful treatment of more recent trends in music education scholarship that it deserves a place on the bookshelf of every active music education researcher." - Karin S. Hendricks, Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education, Boston University

"As the authors suggest, research moves a profession forward, but without a solid background in research methodologies, no aspiring researcher will ever be equipped to undertake studies of lasting value. Music Education Research: An Introduction provides a timely, comprehensive and authoritative resource upon which to hone one's craft as a researcher, as well as a resource that will inspire the next generation of music education researchers." - Gary E. McPherson, Professor of Music, Ormond Chair of Music, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne

"I have been teaching an introductory music education research class for over 30 years, and finally my search for an ideal text is over! The authors of this excellent book clearly understand the needs of students who are learning to consume, conduct and disseminate research. Students will benefit from the balanced approach to various research paradigms, clear explanations of complex ideas, and excellent use of examples drawn from music education literature. Instructors will appreciate the action-oriented activities suggested at the end of each chapter. This text was written by a team of first-rate scholars, each with an impressive record of exemplary music education research and mentorship, through their roles as teachers and reviewers/editors for professional journals. It is no wonder that this is a high-quality book that makes a much-needed contribution to the profession." - Wendy Sims, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music Education, University of Missouri