Academic journal article Research and Issues in Music Education (RIME)

Notes from the Editor

Academic journal article Research and Issues in Music Education (RIME)

Notes from the Editor

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 issue of Research and Issues in Music Education (RIME). In this issue, Wendy Matthews of Wayne State University and Karen Koner of California State University, Stanislaus report on professional attributes and job satisfaction of music educators; Jonathan Bolduc and Melanie Evrard of Universite Laval examine music teaching practices at the early childhood level; Elizabeth Bucura of Eastman School of Music and JulieAnn Weissberg of the Kyrene School District in Tempe, Arizona investigate elementary students' creating processes and perspectives through composition; Matthew Spieker of Ball State University investigates instrumental music educators' use of figurative language; and Phillip Payne and Frederick Burrack of Kansas State University explore the predictive ability of coursework ePortfolios on teaching effectiveness during student teaching.

Like our past issues, a review of these articles indicates that the world of music education like education in the broader scope is ever evolving. This has revealed itself personally as I have moved on from chairing the Department of Teacher Education at the University of St. Thomas to taking on the role of Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement for the university's College of Education, Leadership & Counseling. In this position, my goal is to work on understanding how the University of St. Thomas can better prepare teachers, strengthen clinical practice and other field experience opportunities, and develop and strengthen graduate offerings for in-service teachers.

My stint as a department chair gave me a glimpse of current school districts, but this current position, in which I connect regularly with superintendents, principals, curriculum directors and human resource administrators has provided me with yet another candid shot of current practices and issues within education. …

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