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Music Education News

Welcome to SAGE Music Education News. Read on to discover impactful research from the leading music education journals and top articles your peers have been reading and citing. Don’t forget to listen to the latest podcasts and find out more about our latest books and upcoming conferences.

New at SAGE

British Journal of Music Therapy

SAGE Publishing has begun publishing the British Journal of Music Therapy, the flagship journal of the British Association for Music Therapy, the professional body for music therapy in the UK.

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Journal of Historical Research in Music Education

New to SAGE, the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education is the only music education journal whose topics focus solely on the diverse international history of music education.

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Special Issues

Early Childhood Music Education

Special Issue: Early Childhood Music Education 

This special issue of Research Studies in Music Education celebrates the musical lives of young children and the rich and diverse research occurring in early childhood music education. 

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Music as Emotion Regulation

Special Issue: Music as Emotion Regulation

This special issue is devoted to musical emotion regulation, a topic of growing interest in music research and of high relevance for understanding the significance of music as a part of human emotionality, wellbeing, and everyday life behaviour.

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Noteworthy Articles

The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people

By Susan Hallam

“Pedagogical Creativity” as a Framework for Music Teacher Education

By Joseph Michael Abramo and Amy Reynolds

Designing and managing music festival experiences to enhance attendees’ psychological and social benefits

By Julie Ballantyne, Roy Ballantyne, and Jan Packer

The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Music Instruction on Intelligence and General Cognitive Abilities 

By Eugenia Costa-Giomi

Improving Self-Esteem in General Music 

By Mara E. Culp


Social Media in Music Education: Extending Learning to Where Students “Live” 

By Daniel J. Albert

Music Research in Inclusive School Settings: 1975 to 2013 

By Judith A. Jellison and Ellary A. Draper

It’s better together: The psychological benefits of singing in a choir

By Nick Alan Joseph Stewart and Adam Jonathan Lonsdale


Upcoming Conferences

32nd World Conference International Society for Music Education

The ISME 2016 conference takes place in Glasgow. Connect with musicians and music educators and stop by the SAGE stand to browse our journals.

July 24-29, 2016 | Glasgow, Scotland

Stronger Together: 2016 National In-Service Music Education Conference

NAfME is heading into its fourth year of our incredibly successful re-imagined national conference for the music education community. Every year thousands of music educators, future music educators, students, and performers gather to gain in-depth practical knowledge through hundreds of professional development sessions. We’re the only national conference that offers the highest standard of professional development, networking opportunities, around-the-clock performances, and nightly entertainment!

November 10-13, 2016 | Grapevine, Texas, USA


Update Podcast # 4: Technological Affordances for the Music Education Researcher

Update: Applications of Research in Music Education editor Debbie Rohwer interviews author William Bauer, Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida, about his study examining music education researchers' perceptions of the importance of selected technologies to scholarly inquiry.


Journal Of Research in Music Education Podcast 9: Situational Interest of Fourth-Grade Children in Music at School

Dr. Christopher Roberts, Professor at University of Washington and music teacher at Seattle's St. Joseph School, discusses his recent article about situational interest in music classes with JRME Editor Steve Morrison.



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Top ranking articles on Altmetric in the last three months

Getting aesthetic chills from music: The connection between openness to experience and frisson

The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people

High School Music Ensemble Students in the United States: A Demographic Profile

#Music Students: College Music Students’ Twitter Use and Perceptions

Music Education at the Tipping Point


I can read further and there’s more meaning while I read’: An exploratory study investigating the impact of a rhythm-based music intervention on children’s reading

Cognitive inhibitory control in children following early childhood music education