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Journal of Research in Music Education

Journal of Research in Music Education

Published in Association with National Association for Music Education

eISSN: 19450095 | ISSN: 00224294 | Current volume: 72 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

Journal of Research in Music Education comprises reports of peer-reviewed original research related to music teaching and learning. The wide range of topics includes various aspects of music pedagogy, history, and philosophy, and addresses vocal, instrumental, and general music at all levels, from early childhood through adult. Authors may submit research reports that incorporate quantitative, qualitative, action, historical, or philosophical research methods such as those represented by the titles of these previously published articles:

Journal of Research in Music Education is a publication of The National Association for Music Education (

Other NAfME journals can be found at

Journal of General Music Education (
Journal of Music Teacher Education (
Music Educators Journal (
Update: Applications of Research in Music Education(

Journal of Research in Music Education comprises reports of peer-reviewed original research related to music teaching and learning. The wide range of topics includes various aspects of music pedagogy, history, and philosophy, and addresses vocal, instrumental, and general music at all levels, from early childhood through adult. Authors may submit research reports that incorporate quantitative, qualitative, action, historical, or philosophical research methods.

Peter Miksza Indiana University, USA
Past Editor (2006-2014)
Wendy Sims University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Past Editor (2014-2020)
Steven J. Morrison Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
Editorial Committee
Sarah Bartolome Northwestern University, USA
Nathan Buonviri Temple University, USA
Paul Evans University of New South Wales, Australia
William Fredrickson Florida State University, USA
Andrew Goodrich Boston University, USA
Karin S. Hendricks Boston University, USA
Jay Juchniewicz East Carolina University, USA
Sangmi Kang The University of Rochester—Eastman School of Music, USA
Jeremy Manternach University of Iowa, USA
Martin Norgaard Georgia State University, USA
Elizabeth Parker Temple University, USA
Sean Powell University of North Texas, USA
Lauren Kapalka Richerme Indiana University, USA
Charlene Ryan Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada
Julia Shaw Indiana University, USA
Ryan Shaw Michigan State University, USA
D. Gregory Springer Florida State University, USA
Laura Stambaugh Rhode Island College, USA
Bridget Sweet University of Illinois, USA
Leonard Tan Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Don Taylor University of North Texas, USA
Matthew Thibeault The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Brian Wesolowski University of Georgia, USA
Hyesoo Yoo Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University School of Performing Arts, USA
Amy Bradley National Association for Music Education, USA
John Donaldson Assistant Executive Director for Professional Development and Publications, National Association for Music Education, USA
Christopher Woodside Executive Director, National Association for Music Education, USA
Editorial Assistant
Christina Herman Indiana University, USA
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  • The mission of the Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME) is to encourage, publish, and disseminate research of the highest caliber for the advancement of music teaching and learning. This peer-reviewed journal considers quantitative, qualitative, action, historical, and philosophical research relevant to national and international settings. An essential objective of the JRME is to communicate research findings that support the National Association for Music Education’s strategic plan of encouraging the study and making of music by all.

    Unless specifically noted, articles in JRME are not intended to represent the official policy of the National Association for Music Education.

    All manuscripts must be submitted online at

    Abstract and Keywords

    • An abstract of 150-200 words should be included.
    • Provide up to five keywords/phrases that describe the contents of the manuscript to help readers find your article via online searches. Suggestions for selecting keywords can be found at Keywords will be entered as part of the submission process, and also should be included at the bottom of the abstract.


    • The manuscript should represent the highest standards of research design and scholarly writing.
    • Implications for music teaching and learning should be provided in all manuscripts.
    • Manuscripts must conform to one of the following style manuals:
      • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition, 2019),
      • The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition, 2003), or
      • A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (K. L. Turabian, 7th edition, revised by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and the University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff, 2007).
    • Authors may not mix styles within a single manuscript.
    • Authors should write in clear, readable English, limit the use of passive voice, and avoid excess words.
    • To ensure anonymity in the reviewing process, the manuscript and the abstract should contain no clues to the author’s identity or institutional affiliation. Manuscripts not adhering to these guidelines will be returned.
    • Note that the JRME does not publish literature reviews, essays, or book reviews.

    Manuscript Length

    • Manuscripts are typically 20-25 pages in length.
    • Articles longer than 25 pages for which extensive narrative is essential will be considered at the discretion of the editor/editorial committee.
    • Authors may submit short-form articles (4-10 pages) for research involving new reports related to an ongoing line of research and for replications. Short-form articles must be identified as such in the cover letter.

    Tables and Figures

    • Authors may include a combined total of seven tables and/or figures. These must be publishable in black and white.
    • Tables and/or figures beyond seven may be submitted for use as online-only supplemental material and should be clearly labeled accordingly.
    • Online supplemental material may include any digital files including documents images, media, recordings, video, and/or illustrations (see Permissions information in the section that follows). These materials will be posted as provided, and will not be typeset or otherwise reformatted.
    • Music examples, figures, photographs, and other illustrations must be checked for accuracy before submission.
    • Tables and figures should be included at the end of the manuscript; they should not be embedded in the body of the text. 



    • All references must include DOI or persistent URL information if available.
    • References must be formatted according to the style guide used in the preparation of the manuscript.  

    Ethical Considerations

    • The Editor encourages authors to submit their manuscripts directly to the journal instead of engaging the services of unauthorized third parties. Authors should submit their own manuscripts directly to us (at Think. Check. Submit. provides guidance on submitting your research to journals and avoiding the pitfalls of engaging third parties in this process. Any suspected or confirmed involvement of an unauthorized party in the submission or peer review of your manscript will result in immediate rejection of your submission.
    • Authors are expected to comply with APA ethical standards ( and institutional and federal regulations on the treatment of human subjects. Compliance with the institutional review process should be stated clearly in the manuscript, typically in the Methods section, by mention of study approval and/or the use of the informed consent process.
    • Authors are expected to comply with the NAfME Society for Research in Music Education “Research Publication and Presentation Code of Ethics” ( and the APA guidelines for Ethical and Legal Standards in Publishing (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition, 2019).
    • Submitting a manuscript indicates that it has not been published previously and is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, either in its entirety or in part. Distribution on the Internet may be considered prior publication and may compromise the originality of the paper as a submission to the JRME. Authors must describe in what form and how a manuscript has been previously disseminated. Submission of an article based on a doctoral dissertation is permissible, and there will be a question during the submission process for the author to provide dissertation information. Posting of research papers on not-for-profit preprint servers such as SocArXiv and psyRxiv is allowable in cases where required or encouraged by granting agencies. Please contact the editor with questions regarding prior dissemination
    • Piecemeal publication, or publishing data from one study in multiple articles, is generally not acceptable. A study conceived as one study should be published as one study (e.g., it would not be appropriate to divide a mixed methods study into qualitative and quantitative articles; a study designed to investigate multiple research questions should not be divided into separate articles addressing different research questions, and so forth). A possible exception may be an historical study divided by topic or time period. Public datasets may be used in differing ways for multiple manuscripts, and articles comprising a multi-article type of doctoral dissertation may be published separately.
    • When in doubt about any aspect of the ethics of manuscript submission, the author should contact the Editor, who will make the final decision in consultation with editorial committee members. In all cases, authors should disclose any circumstances about which there may be questions.

    Please address e-mail correspondence concerning editorial matters to Dr. Peter Miksza, Editor, Indiana University,


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    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. If you or any co-authors do not have an ORCID iD associated with your account in the submission system, but wish to do so, please ensure this is validated in the peer review system before acceptance. It takes seconds to do: log in at, click your name at the top of the screen and then "email/name" to edit your account. Click the relevant ORCID link, sign into your ORCID account, and our systems will be automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Any future papers associated with this account in the submission system will automatically link your ORCID iD. And, your ORCID iD will be published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

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