Call for Proposals: Research Projects on Music Education Issues

Call for Proposals:
Research Projects on Music Education Issues


The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) invite proposals for research projects that address important issues in our profession, including but not limited to the topics of particular interest (see below). Researchers must be explicit in the proposal as to why their proposed research should be funded by NAfME.

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Four priority areas of interest are:

  1. Identifying optimal methods for delivering and recognizing in-service professional development for different music educator demographics (such as online vs. live; in-depth vs. survey; utility of micro-credentials), with emphasis on accessibility by audiences that might not currently be served by state or local professional development or by existing association networks. This would help NAfME and others in the field refine our delivery methods.
  2. Identifying perceptions of difficulties in delivering standards-based instruction in large ensembles (with investigation of what ensemble teachers might need to feel more comfortable in attempting such instruction, particularly with regard to creating, responding, and the select part of performing). This would help NAfME address the policy goal of encouraging standards-based instruction. 
  3. Identifying optimal methods (instructional, curricular, pedagogical) to reach and engage students in urban and other underserved environments. This focus area builds on the work of the 2018 Yale Symposium on Music in Schools, Declaration on Equity in Music for City Students.
  4. In preparation for our 2020 joint researcher and practitioner conference, research that sheds light on issues, goals, and challenges addressed in Vision 2020 and the charges of the Housewright Declaration.

One proposal will be funded up to $10,000. The project is to be completed by November of 2020.

Budget: A stipend of up to $10,000 will be awarded to the grant recipient to be used solely in support of the project. Proposed budgets should designate funds for evaluation and dissemination of outcomes.

Submission Procedure: Submit the proposal via the OpenConf platform by October 15, 2018. Only submissions through the portal will be accepted for consideration.

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Proposal Format:

  1. Investigators: name, affiliation, and NAfME ID of principal and coinvestigators
  2. Key words describing area of focus
  3. 150-word abstract.
  4. Proposal (not to exceed 2000 words): Purpose; Related Literature and References; Description of procedures; Plan for data analysis; Plan for evaluation and dissemination; Word count (entirety of the proposal)
  5. Timeline
  6. Budget
  7. Why the proposed research should be funded by NAfME
  8. Principal and coinvestigators’ curriculum vitae, not to exceed three pages each.

Decision Process: The SRME Executive Committee will select a proposal, through a peer-review process, for nomination to the NAfME National Executive Board. Applicants will be notified of the decision by December 15, 2018.

Submission of Final Report: A final report (APA style), a 150-word abstract, and a 750-word executive summary must be submitted to the SRME Chair no later than March 1, 2021. NAfME reserves the right to publish a summary of the results in NAfME journals, press releases, newsletters, on the NAfME website, and via social media platforms.