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Exploring Research in Music Education and Music Therapy

Kenneth H. Phillips

Publication Date - November 2007

ISBN: 9780195321227

384 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $99.99

In contrast with traditional "how to" textbooks, this practical introduction adopts a unique "how to read and comprehend" approach to music research.


This practical text provides a comprehensive introduction to understanding research in music education and music therapy. Designed primarily for the introductory research course taken by upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, it is also useful for all interested undergraduates in both fields. In contrast with traditional "how to" textbooks, Exploring Research in Music Education and Music Therapy adopts a unique "how to read and comprehend" approach to music research. It helps students explore and understand articles in professional research journals, familiarizing them with the literature itself and with basic concepts, terms, and statistical symbols.
The book opens with an overview of the research process and then offers in-depth coverage of a broad range of research genres: historical, philosophical, qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, and action research. Integrating relevant real-world examples of each genre into the text, author Kenneth Phillips includes eighteen full-length research articles that are elucidated by his own detailed commentary. The text also demonstrates how research findings can be applied in classrooms or therapeutic situations, thereby serving as a bridge between knowledge and practice.
Exploring Research in Music Education and Music Therapy is enhanced by study and discussion questions, suggested activities, and three appendices that contain resources for locating research articles in music education, music therapy, and the psychology of music. Grounded in the author's extensive research background and teaching experience, this exceptional text offers students, music teachers, and music therapists an accessible and engaging entrée into the world of music research.


"This book would fit beautifully into our graduate program. Phillips has hit the nail on the head by including introductions to research types with actual examples from the literature. I especially like the idea of the Study and Discussion Questions (and the foci of the particular ones he has chosen), and the Suggested Activities. I appreciate how Phillips pushes students into new areas without frightening them. I applaud the inclusion of qualitative and action research. I would adopt this text into a music education research course in a second."--Bruce Gleason, University of St. Thomas

"I would like to say bravo for putting this text together. I think we need it in our field, and I appreciate the level-headed approach. Phillips does a good job of covering all the methodologies. And I like that he uses articles to illustrate the different methodologies."--Diana Hollinger, San Jose State University

Table of Contents

    Each chapter ends with Study and Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities.
    1. Research in Music Education and Music Therapy
    The Values of Research
    Research Publications
    Research Genres
    Understanding Research Genres
    2. The Research Study
    Who Does Research?
    The Research Article
    Quality of Presentation
    The Trust Factor
    3. Reading Research: A Commentary
    Research with Typical and Disabled Students
    Judith A. Jellison (2002). "On-task Participation of Typical Students Close to and Away from Classmates with Disabilities in an Elementary Music Classroom."
    4. Historical Research
    Purposes and Procedures
    Gathering and Verifying the Evidence
    Interpreting the Evidence and Drawing Conclusions
    Reading Historical Research
    Martha Chrisman Riley (1990). "Portrait of a Nineteenth-Century School Music Program."
    5. Philosophical Research
    The Purpose of Philosophical Research
    Philosophical Perspectives and Analyses
    The Method of Philosophical Research
    Problems with Philosophical Research
    Reading Philosophical Research: A Commentary
    Estelle Jorgensen (2006). "Reflections on Futures for Music Education Philosophy."
    6. Principles of Qualitative Research
    Characteristics of Qualitative Research
    Modes of Inquiry
    Data Collection, Analysis, and Interpretation
    Reading Qualitative Research: An Ethnography
    Manny Brand (2002). "An Ethnographic Study of Hong Kong and American Music Education Students."
    7. Critical Reading of Qualitative Research
    General Content Standards
    Specific Content Standards
    Behind the Scenes
    Reading Qualitative Research: A Case Study
    John W. Scheib (2003). "Role Stress in the Professional Life of the School Music Teacher: A Collective Case Study."
    8. Reflecting On Qualitative Research
    The Thought Process
    Louis Schleuter (1994/1995). "Qualitative Study of Dialogue: A Thought Process."
    Reading Qualitative Research
    Barbara L. Wheeler (2002). "Experiences and Concerns of Students During Music Therapy Practica."
    9. Principles of Quantitative Research
    The Scientific Method
    Non-Experimental Research
    Validity and Reliability
    Experimental Research
    10. Analysis of the Data
    Basic Statistical Concepts
    Determining Significance Between Means
    Statistical Tests
    11. Quantitative Research: Descriptive
    Reading Descriptive Research: A Commentary
    Kate Gfeller, Steven K. Hedden, and Alice-Ann Darrow (1990). "Perceived Effectiveness of Mainstreaming in Iowa and Kansas Schools."
    Reading Descriptive Research: Patterns of Instruction
    Cornelia Yarbrough and Harry E. Price (1989). "Sequential Patterns of Instruction in Music."
    12. Quantitative Research: Experimental
    Reading Experimental Research: A Commentary
    Kenneth H. Phillips and Steven W. Emge (1994). "Vocal Registration as It Affects Vocal Range for Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Boys."
    Reading True-Experimental Research
    Kenneth H. Phillips (1985). "The Effects of Group Breath-Control Training on the Singing Ability of Elementary Students."
    Reading Quasi-Experimental Research
    Karin Harfst Sehmann (2000). "The Effects of Breath Management Instruction on the Performance of Elementary Brass Players."
    13. Quantitative Research: Clinical
    Studying Behavior in a Clinical Environment
    Reading Clinical Research
    Rebecca L. Engen (2005). "The Singer's Breath: Implications for Treatment of Persons with Emphysema."
    Chris Turner, Bruce Gantz, Mary Lowder, and Kate Gfeller (2005). "Benefits Seen in Acoustic Hearing + Electric Simulation in Same Ear."
    14. Mixed Methods Research
    Reading a Mixed-Design Research Study
    Clifford K. Madsen and Steven N. Kelly (2002). "First Remembrances of Wanting to Become a Music Teacher."
    Reading Mixed Research
    Lois Schleuter (1991). "Student Teachers' Preactive and Postactive Curricular Thinking."
    15. Action Research
    Action Research Genres
    The Action Research Process
    Colleen M. Conway and James Borst (2001). "Action Research in Music Education."
    16. Integrating Research and Teaching
    Teaching Based on Research
    Teachers as Researchers
    Ursula Casanova (1989). "Research and Practice: We Can Integrate Them."
    Appendix A. Contents of the Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (1992)
    Appendix B. Contents of The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (2002)
    Appendix C. An Annotated Listing of Research Journals in Music Education and Music Therapy

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