How to Join a Special Research Interest Group

If you’re a current member of NAfME, you may join a SRIG community on NAfME Amplify. Login using your membership record information and search “all communities” for the SRIG(s) in which you are interested. Many SRIGs also maintain Facebook groups you can request to join. Questions? Contact Lisa Mink, Constituency Engagement Manager at

Adult & Community Music Education

The mission of the Adult & Community Music Education Special Research Interest Group (ACME SRIG) is to promote research that fosters active involvement in the making, creating, and studying of music in the diverse and complex communities in which we live and across the life span through the understanding of the unique learning characteristics of adults.

Chair: Amanda (Mandi) Schlegel
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Chair Elect: Ann Harrington
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

Affective Response

The purpose of this SRIG is to promote research concerning the ways in which people respond to music. Affective response research includes a variety of focus areas, such as affect, emotion, mood, aesthetics, attitudes, interests, tastes, preferences, appreciation, sensitivity to music, physical responses, and various types of psychological and physiological responses to music, as well as responses related to music teaching and learning.

Chair: Hyesoo Yoo
Virginia Polytech University School of Performing Arts
Blacksburg, Virginia

Chair Elect: Sangmi Kang
University of Rochester-Eastman School of Music
Rochester, New York


The mission of the Assessment SRIG is to promote dialogue and improve practice related to a broad range of assessment issues pertinent to music education with respect to assessment, measurement, and evaluation. Any NAfME member who has an interest in assessment research and practice is encouraged to join the SRIG.

Chair:  Alden Snell
University or Rochester-Eastman School of Music
Rochester, New York

Chair Elect: Dorothy Musselwhite-Thompson
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama

Children with Exceptionalities

Our mission is to promote the understanding of children with exceptionalities and provide opportunities for music educators and researchers to exchange information about and collaborate on strategies for teaching children with disabilities in all areas of music education.

Chair:  Annalisa Chang
Clayton State University
Morrow, Georgia

Chair Elect: Rachel Grimsby
Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois


The Creativity SRIG seeks to clarify and communicate what is known about musical creativities and creative processes through supporting, disseminating and mapping current and emerging research. SRIG members engage in projects in research, conceptual, and pedagogical spaces, seeking the generation of new knowledge with the potential to directly impact the teaching and learning of music as it relates to all manner of creativity for individuals at every stage of the lifespan.

Chair: Dan Healy
Roosevelt University-Chicago College of Performing Arts
Chicago, Illinois

Chair Elect: Jennifer Bugos
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

Early Childhood Music

This SRIG encourages individual and collaborative research and its dissemination on topics related to early childhood music education. The EC SRIG sponsors research presentations in conjunction with its business meeting at biennial NAfME Music Research & Teacher Education National Conferences and in partnership with the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association (ECMMA).

Chair: Christina Svec
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

Chair Elect: Heather Waters
Adelphi University
Garden City, New York

Gender and Sexuality

The mission of the Gender and Sexuality SRIG is to provide leadership advocacy, professional contacts, and a strong research agenda for gender researchers in music education.

Chair: Nicholas McBride
The College of New Jersey
Ewing, New Jersey

Chair Elect: In Progress


The purpose of the History SRIG is to promote high-quality historical research in music education by facilitating the production, discussion, and dissemination of historical research related to music education and to contribute to unity and understanding within the music education profession by promoting historical awareness.

Chair:  Casey Gerber
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

Chair Elect: Carol Shansky
Bergen Community College-Retired

Instructional Strategies

The purpose of this SRIG is to conduct and disseminate research related to instructional strategies used in the music classroom that positively affect students’ learning experiences. Research conducted in elementary, secondary, and/or university classrooms and rehearsal halls that includes investigation of specific instructional strategies will be discussed.

Chair: Ted Hoffman
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, Alabama

Chair Elect: Edward R. McClellan
Loyola University
New Orleans, Louisiana

Learning and Development

The mission of the Learning and Development SRIG is to encourage, promote, and disseminate research and data based information concerning the development and/or maintenance of music skills and knowledge. Music skills are defined as those used in creating, performing, and/or listening to music at any age.

Chair: Melissa Grady
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

Chair Elect: Kari Adams
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

Perception and Cognition

This SRIG exposes its members to research and issues in music perception and cognition that furthers our knowledge of how music is experienced and understood. The intent is that this information advances musical pedagogy while revealing various complexities of the musical experience.

Chair: Greg Springer
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

Chair-Elect: Melissa Brunkan
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon


This SRIG aims to promote the production and dissemination of philosophical research relevant to music education; serve as a clearinghouse for information on scholarly work in the philosophy of music education; apply the tools of philosophical inquiry to improve music education; and encourage younger music education scholars to engage in philosophical inquiry.

Chair:  C. Victor Fung
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

Chair Elect: Nasim Niknafs
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Popular Music Education

The mission of the Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) in Popular Music Education is to provide a means of communication, collaboration, and support among the researchers, teachers, and other persons in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) interested in scholarship on popular music education. The SRIG offers members a newsletter providing relevant news and updates, schedules sessions at biennial NAfME research conferences, and provides a means for joint projects among researchers.

Chair:  Jesse Rathgeber
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Chair Elect: Clint Randles
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

Social Justice

This SRIG provides a forum through which members can contribute research leading to greater understanding, inclusivity, equity, and diversity in music education. Research will promote critical review and development of policy, music’s role in shaping societal impact, cultural sensitivity, development of interaction and relationships with music as a conduit, the role of music and music education in conflict resolution, music experiences that affect and shape black and brown lives, and racism and anti-racist pedagogies and policies.

Chair: Roy Legette
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Chair Elect: Amy Lewis
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Social Sciences

Social Sciences SRIG members examine structures, dynamics of society, and their impact upon patterns of human behavior and individual life changes. As music education researchers, we study the ways in which the forms of social structure, social categories, and social institutions affect human attitudes, behavior, and actions.

Chair: Jacob Berglin
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Chair-Elect: Tina Beveridge
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia