Academic journal article Contributions to Music Education

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Academic journal article Contributions to Music Education

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For 32 years the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) has published Contributions to Music Education in recognition of the importance of research in guiding educational practice. It is a tribute to the members of OMEA that a commitment to research, evidenced primarily through the publication of CME and sponsorship of the annual Research Forum and Research Poster Session that are held as part of the annual state conference, has been sustained over the years. Few states can boast of similar efforts. Music education in Ohio and throughout the world has been the beneficiary.

As a celebration of OMEA's support, this issue of CME highlights four studies that, while possibly having implications beyond Ohio, had music education in the state as their focus. Elizabeth Braun examined the ability of middle school band students to perceive expressive performances. Factors influencing the continuing involvement of students in choral music singing was the topic of Ben Ayling and Katherine Johnston's study that followed choir members who were seniors in high school into their freshman year of college. Rachel Gamin describes another study that explored problems of attrition, in this case during the first year of instrumental music study. Assessment practices in choral music education were investigated by E. …

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