Pluralism and Music Education Research: An Introduction to the Text

  • Jay Dorfman
  • Diana R. Dansereau
Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 23)


A prominent academic journal in American music education research, the Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME), was first published in 1953, and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education began 10 years later. The field of music education research is robust enough to support these two academic journals plus important yet smaller or newer journals such the Journal of Music Teacher Education. This list does not even account for a significant number of academic journals in music education from European countries, nor does it include periodicals aimed at music practitioners.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hugh A. Glauser School of MusicKent State UniversityKentUSA
  2. 2.College of Fine ArtsBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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