Special Research Interest Groups (SRIGs)

How to Join a Special Research Interest Group

If you’re an active member of NAfME, just send a message to Betty Cook, bettyc@nafme.org, noting the SRIG(s) you’d like to join. Please be sure to include your preferred email address.

Below there are descriptions of each individual SRIG with a listing of their leadership officers.

SRIG Leadership Information for 2018 – 2020 and websites:

Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) SRIG Liaison:

Michael P. Hewitt
Professor, Music Education
University of Maryland School of Music
2110 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Ctr
College Park, MD 20742

Adult and 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: Susan Avery
Ithaca College
2323 James J. Whalen Ctr. for Music
Ithaca, NY 14850

Chair-Elect: Samuel Tsugawa
Brigham Young University
E-554 Harris Fine Arts Center
Provo, UT 84602 

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: D. Gregory Springer
Florida State University
College of Music
122 N. Copeland Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
850 644-2925

Chair-Elect: Matthew L. Williams
University of Arizona
Fred Fox School of Music
1017 North Olive Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85721


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: Brian Wesolowski
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
University of Georgia
250 River Road
Athens, GA 30602-7287

Chair-Elect: Phillip Payne
Kansas State University
1501 Goldstein Circle
232 McCain Auditorium
Manhattan, KS 66506

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: Kevin Droe
University of Northern Iowa
School of Music
69 Russell Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Chair-Elect: Julia Heath-Reynolds
School of Music, FA405
Indiana State University
300 N. 7th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809


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:  Daniel John Shevock
Penn State Altoona
Box 108 Misciagna Center/Part Time Offices
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5300 x6055

Dave Stringham
James Madison University
School of Music
MSC 7301 Rm 205
Harrisonburg, VA 22807-0001

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:  Eugenia Cost-Giomi
The Ohio State University
1899 College Road, Hughes 106G
Columbus, OH 43210

Chair-Elect:  Lisa Koops
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-1712

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:   Patrick K. Freer
Georgia State University
School of Music
75 Poplar Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

Chair-Elect:   Stephen A. Paparo
Music Education
University of Massachusetts Amherst
120 Tillson Farm Road
Amherst, MA 01003-9346


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: Phillip M. Hash
School of Music
Illinois State University
Campus Box 5660
Normal, Illinois  61761
(309) 438-8372

Chair-Elect: Paul D. Sanders
The Ohio State University at Newark
1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055

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:  Sarah E. Allen
Southern Methodist University
Division of Music -Meadows School of the Arts
P.O. Box 750356
Dallas, TX 75275

Chair-Elect:  Carla Davis Cash
Texas Tech University
School of Music
2624 – 18th Street
Lubbock, TX 79409-2033

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:  Bryan E. Nichols
The Pennsylvania State University
College of Arts and Architecture
233 Music Building 1
University Park, PA 16802

Chair-Elect:  Laura Stambaugh
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8052
Statesboro, GA 30460

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:  Lindsey R. Williams
Seminole County Public School 
Department of Teaching and Learning
400 E. Lake Mary Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773

Chair-Elect:  Jason Silveira
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1225


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:  Lauren Kapalka Richerme
Indiana University
Jacobs School of Music
1201 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN  47405

Chair-Elect: Paul Louth
Youngstown State University
1 University Plaza
Youngstown, OH  44555

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:  Bryan Powell
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Chapin Hall
Montclair, NJ 07043

Chair-Elect:  Gareth Dylan Smith
Little Kids Rock
271 Grove Avenue, Bldg. E2
Verona, NJ 07044

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:  Nancy Glen
College of Performing and Visual Arts
University pf Northern Colorado
501-20 Street, Campus Box 30
Greely, CO 80639

Chair-Elect: Darrin Thornton
The Pennsylvania State University
Music Building 1
University Park, PA 16802-1901

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