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This practical text provides a comprehensive introduction to understanding research in music education and music therapy. Designed primarily for the introductory research course taken by upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, it is also useful for all interested undergraduates in both fields. In contrast with traditional "how to" textbooks, Exploring Research in Music Education and Music Therapy adopts a unique "how to read and comprehend" approach to music research. It helps students explore and understand articles in professional research journals, familiarizing them with the literature itself and with basic concepts, terms, and statistical symbols.
The book opens with an overview of the research process and then offers in-depth coverage of a broad range of research genres: historical, philosophical, qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, and action research. Integrating relevant real-world examples of each genre into the text, author Kenneth Phillips includes eighteen full-length research articles that are elucidated by his own detailed commentary. The text also demonstrates how research findings can be applied in classrooms or therapeutic situations, thereby serving as a bridge between knowledge and practice.
Exploring Research in Music Education and Music Therapy is enhanced by study and discussion questions, suggested activities, and three appendices that contain resources for locating research articles in music education, music therapy, and the psychology of music. Grounded in the author's extensive research background and teaching experience, this exceptional text offers students, music teachers, and music therapists an accessible and engaging entrée into the world of music research.
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"This book would fit beautifully into our graduate program. Phillips has hit the nail on the head by including introductions to research types with actual examples from the literature. I especially like the idea of the Study and Discussion Questions (and the foci of the particular ones he has chosen), and the Suggested Activities. I appreciate how Phillips pushes students into new areas without frightening them. I applaud the inclusion of qualitative and action research. I would adopt this text into a music education research course in a second."--Bruce Gleason, University of St. Thomas

"I would like to say bravo for putting this text together. I think we need it in our field, and I appreciate the level-headed approach. Phillips does a good job of covering all the methodologies. And I like that he uses articles to illustrate the different methodologies."--Diana Hollinger, San Jose State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195321227
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/21/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 713,798
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter ends with Study and Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities.
1. Research in Music Education and Music Therapy
The Values of Research
Research Publications
Research Genres
Understanding Research Genres
2. The Research Study
Who Does Research?
The Research Article
Quality of Presentation
The Trust Factor
3. Reading Research: A Commentary
Research with Typical and Disabled Students
Judith A. Jellison (2002). "On-task Participation of Typical Students Close to and Away from Classmates with Disabilities in an Elementary Music Classroom."
4. Historical Research
Purposes and Procedures
Gathering and Verifying the Evidence
Interpreting the Evidence and Drawing Conclusions
Reading Historical Research
Martha Chrisman Riley (1990). "Portrait of a Nineteenth-Century School Music Program."
5. Philosophical Research
The Purpose of Philosophical Research
Philosophical Perspectives and Analyses
The Method of Philosophical Research
Problems with Philosophical Research
Reading Philosophical Research: A Commentary
Estelle Jorgensen (2006). "Reflections on Futures for Music Education Philosophy."
6. Principles of Qualitative Research
Characteristics of Qualitative Research
Modes of Inquiry
Data Collection, Analysis, and Interpretation
Reading Qualitative Research: An Ethnography
Manny Brand (2002). "An Ethnographic Study of Hong Kong and American Music Education Students."
7. Critical Reading of Qualitative Research
General Content Standards
Specific Content Standards
Behind the Scenes
Reading Qualitative Research: A Case Study
John W. Scheib (2003). "Role Stress in the Professional Life of the School Music Teacher: A Collective Case Study."
8. Reflecting On Qualitative Research
The Thought Process
Louis Schleuter (1994/1995). "Qualitative Study of Dialogue: A Thought Process."
Reading Qualitative Research
Barbara L. Wheeler (2002). "Experiences and Concerns of Students During Music Therapy Practica."
9. Principles of Quantitative Research
The Scientific Method
Non-Experimental Research
Validity and Reliability
Experimental Research
10. Analysis of the Data
Basic Statistical Concepts
Determining Significance Between Means
Statistical Tests
11. Quantitative Research: Descriptive
Reading Descriptive Research: A Commentary
Kate Gfeller, Steven K. Hedden, and Alice-Ann Darrow (1990). "Perceived Effectiveness of Mainstreaming in Iowa and Kansas Schools."
Reading Descriptive Research: Patterns of Instruction
Cornelia Yarbrough and Harry E. Price (1989). "Sequential Patterns of Instruction in Music."
12. Quantitative Research: Experimental
Reading Experimental Research: A Commentary
Kenneth H. Phillips and Steven W. Emge (1994). "Vocal Registration as It Affects Vocal Range for Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Boys."
Reading True-Experimental Research
Kenneth H. Phillips (1985). "The Effects of Group Breath-Control Training on the Singing Ability of Elementary Students."
Reading Quasi-Experimental Research
Karin Harfst Sehmann (2000). "The Effects of Breath Management Instruction on the Performance of Elementary Brass Players."
13. Quantitative Research: Clinical
Studying Behavior in a Clinical Environment
Reading Clinical Research
Rebecca L. Engen (2005). "The Singer's Breath: Implications for Treatment of Persons with Emphysema."
Chris Turner, Bruce Gantz, Mary Lowder, and Kate Gfeller (2005). "Benefits Seen in Acoustic Hearing + Electric Simulation in Same Ear."
14. Mixed Methods Research
Reading a Mixed-Design Research Study
Clifford K. Madsen and Steven N. Kelly (2002). "First Remembrances of Wanting to Become a Music Teacher."
Reading Mixed Research
Lois Schleuter (1991). "Student Teachers' Preactive and Postactive Curricular Thinking."
15. Action Research
Action Research Genres
The Action Research Process
Colleen M. Conway and James Borst (2001). "Action Research in Music Education."
16. Integrating Research and Teaching
Teaching Based on Research
Teachers as Researchers
Ursula Casanova (1989). "Research and Practice: We Can Integrate Them."
Appendix A. Contents of the Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (1992)
Appendix B. Contents of The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (2002)
Appendix C. An Annotated Listing of Research Journals in Music Education and Music Therapy

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