Professional Development via Music Educators Journal

Most Music Educators Journal featured articles include a brief survey. After reading the article and completing a brief survey, you earn a professional development certificate of completion valued at “one contact hour.” Links to the surveys appear on the bottom of feature articles’ first pages.

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Volume 102 Issue 4, June 2016

Featherless Dinosaurs and the Hip-Hop Simulacrum: Reconsidering Hip-Hop’s Appropriateness for the Music Classroom

Adam J. Kruse

Do Students See Themselves in the Music Curriculum?

Gretchen Peters

Fostering Musical Independence

Eric Shieh and Randall Everett Allsup

Singing, Sissies, and Sexual Identity: How LGBT Choral Directors Negotiate Gender Discourse

Nicholas R. McBride

Applications of Peer and Self-Assessment in Music

Christopher Valle, Heidi Andrade, Maria Palma, and Joanna Hefferen

Conceptualizing Conceptual Teaching: Practical Strategies for Large Instrumental Ensembles

Leonard Tan

Sound Foundations: Organic Approaches to Learning Notation in Beginning Band

Chad West

Thinking in Music from the Very Beginning: Introducing an After-School Band Project

Laura Sindberg

Another Perspective: Re-Placing Music Education

Sandra Stauffer


Volume 103 Issue 1, September 2016

Front Row Seats: Preparing young Audiences for Live Performances

Rekha S. Rajan

Learning through Immersive Study: Contextualizing Music in the Elementary Music Classroom

Ayah Rifai

Using Engagement Theory to Establish Musical Collaborative Opportunities

Phillip D. Payne

Software-Based Scoring and Sound Design: an Introductory Guide for Music Technology Instruction

Daniel Walzer

Educating the Music User

Mark C. Adams

“But I Never Thought I’d Teach the Little Kids” – Secondary Teachers and Early-Grades Music Instruction

Karen Salvador and Keith Corbett

The Music of the Spheres: Cross-Curricular Perspectives on Music and Science

George L. Rogers


Volume 103 Issue 2, December 2016

Student-Centered Classrooms: Past Initiatives, Future Practices

Dee Hansen

Curious, Collaborative, Creative: Applying Student-Centered Principle to Performing Ensembles

Ashley Danielle Gilbert

Cultural Diversity: Resources for Music Educators in Selected Works

Eunjung Choi and Laura J. Keith

Enhanced Learning for Young Music Students: Involving and Motivating Parents

Diane Briscoe

Conducting Expressively: Navigating Seven Misconceptions

Courtney Snyder

Play or Possibility? Using German Practice to Influence the Harmonica in Education

Jacob Prosek

Reconsidering the Role of Stephen Foster in the Music Classroom

Jennifer Forness

Another Perspective: The Every Student Succeeds Act in Your Music Classroom

Lynn M. Tuttle


Volume 103 Issue 3, March 2017

Learning to be Creatively Expressive Performers

Katherine Strand and Brenda Brenner

The Neuroscience of Improvisation

Andrew T. Landau and Charles Limb

Developing Musical Creativity through Improvisation in the Large Performance Classroom

Martin Nargaard

Developing Musical Creativity through reflective and Collaborative Practices

Lisa M. Gruenhagen

Music Listening is Creative

John Kratus


Volume 103 Issue 4, June 2017

Still Making Music: How Students with Traumatic Brain Injury Can Continue with Musical Activities

Patrick M. Bennington

Mixing Formal and Informal Pedagogies in a Middle School Guitar Classroom

Matthew J. Rescsanszky

Improving Music Teaching through Interpersonal Relationships

Natalie Steele Royston

Concept-Based Arts Integration: Lessons Learned from an Application in Music and Biology

Terry Wolkowicz

Gifted 101: Unlocking the Mystery of Academically Gifted Education

Kimberly H. Councill and Lynn Fiedler

Humanizing the Deities of Jazz

Scott Jeppesen


Volume 104 Issue 1, September 2017

Empowering the Music Educator through Action Research

Richard Laprise

Multicultural Choral Music Pedagogy Based on the Facets Model

Hyesoo Yoo

Teaching Improvisation through Melody and Blues-Based Harmony: A Comprehensive and Sequential Approach

Leila Heil

Teaching Materials and Strategies for the AP Music Theory Exam

Michael T. Lively

Music Education, Inc.

Corin T. Overland

Student Teaching Seminars: Ideas for a Collaborative and Meaningful Culminating Experience

Kimberly H. Councill and Christopher M. Baumgartner


Volume 104 Issue 2, December 2017

Learning Together: The Instinct to Do Good and Peer-Assisted Strategies that Work

Judith A. Jellison, Ellary A. Draper, and Laura S. Brown

Understanding the Mind of a Student with Autism in the Music Classroom

Ryan M. Hourigan and Alice M. Hammel

Steps for Designing Authentic Assessment for Students with Disabilities in Music Classes

Kimberly VanWeelden and Julia Heath-Reynolds

Recent and Continuing Initiatives and Practices in Special Education

Alice-Ann Darrow and Mary S. Adamek

“I Dream a World”: Inclusivity in Choral Music Education

Rhona Fuelberth and Christy Todd

Legal Aspects of Teaching Music Students with Disabilities

Jean B. Crockett


Volume 104 Issue 3, March 2018

Critical Listening in the Ensemble Rehearsal: A Community of Learners

Cindy Bell

Achieving Greater Musical Independence in Ensembles through Cognitive Apprenticeship

Brian N. Weidner

Realizing Entrepreneurship in K–12 Music Education: Inside or Outside the Box?

Josef Hanson

The Rainbow Connection: How Music Classrooms Create Safe Spaces for Sexual-Minority Young People

William G. Southerland

Constructing Informal Experiences in the Elementary General Music Classroom

Donna Hewitt

Assessment in the Private Studio Setting: Supporting Student Learning, Providing Effective Instruction and Building Faculty and Student Interaction

Jennifer Laubenthal

Equity in Music Education: Exclusionary Practices in Music Education

Jacqueline Kelly-McHale


Volume 104 Issue 4, June 2018

Musicians as Movers: Applying the Feldenkrais Method to Music Education

Catherine Lee

The Serious Business of Musical Play in the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum

Robyn Trinick

Cuban Cha-Cha-Chá: Applications for Music Education in the United States

Jeffrey Torchon

Choosing and Altering Repertoire for the Small Band

Stacy Dziuk

Beginning Band without a Stand: Fostering Creative Musicianship in Early Instrumental Programs

Matthew Clauhs

Equity in Music Education: “The Journey: A Process for Creating a Socially Just Music Classroom”

Amanda Soto

What’s the Problem? Exploring the Potential of Problem-Based Learning in an Ensemble Setting

Richard Laprise


Volume 105 Issue 1, September 2018

“It’s Just the Way I Learn!” Inclusion from the Perspective of a Student with a Visual Impairment

Danni Gilbert

Preparing Preservice Music Educators to Teach in PreK Settings through the Use of Service Learning

Roy Legette

How Positive Festival Results Impact a Music Program

David Pope

Music Education in the Era of School Choice

Lisa Martin

Race, Class, Gender, and Rhymes: Hip-Hop as a Critical Pedagogy

Noah Karvelis

Does School Band Kill Creativity? Embracing New Traditions in School Instrumental Music

Michael Wall

Establish Safer Learning Environments Using Student-Centered Music Activities

Alex Fung


Volume 105 Issue 2, December 2018

The Composer Goes to the Classroom

Christina González-Martín

It’s All about the Voice … for Wind Instrumentalists, Too!

Valerie Trollinger and Robert T. Sataloff

Music Education Meets Critical Literacy: A Framework for Guiding Music Listening

Pamela Beach

Music Education to Train Hearing Abilities in Children with Cochlear Implants

James Reifinger

The Mindful Music Educator: Strategies for Reducing Stress and Increasing Well-Being

Dana Arbaugh Varona

Equity in Music Education: Back to Class: Music Education and Poverty

Vincent C. Bates


Volume 105 Issue 3, March 2019

Democracy in the Middle School Music Classroom

Amanda Draper

High-Impact Experiences through Commissioned Works and Composer Residencies 

Micah Ewing

An Emerging Process of Assessment in Music Education

Phillip Payne

Teaching about the Korean Ganggangsullae Folk Tradition in General Music Class

Gina J. Yi

Inside Out: Integrating Creative Practices in the Orchestra Classroom.

Leo Park

Equity in Music Education:  The Music We Speak: Language and Power in the Urban Classroom

Judy Lewis

The Tanglewood Symposium: Popular Music Pedagogy from 1967 to Today

Ruth Gurgel


Volume 105 Issue 4, June 2019

A Music Educator’s Guide to Saving the Planet

Daniel Shevock and Vincent C. Bate

Developing Growth Mindset in the Ensemble Rehearsal

Kari Adams

Promoting Sophisticated Word Use in the Elementary Music Classroom

Ayah Rifai

Eurhythmics, “Sufficient” Space, and the Role of Environment with the Child’s Development

Bonnie Jacobi

Using Music to Encourage Joint Attention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Attention as a Reciprocal Relationship

Mary Crum Scholtens

Health and Wellness for In-Service and Future Music Teachers: Developing a Self-Care Plan

Christa Kuebel


Volume 106 Issue 1, September 2019

Engaging with Popular Music from a Cultural Standpoint: A Concept-Oriented Framework

Nasim Niknafs

A Return to Amateurism in Music Education

John Kratus

Approximation and Scaffolding in the Modern Band

Scott Burstein and Bryan Powell

Popular Music Learning in Choir: Helping Students Find Their Voices

Julie Kastner

Mixing it Up: Sound Recording and Music Production in School Music Programs

Matthew Clauhs


Volume 106 Issue 2, December 2019

Harnessing Optimism in Response to Musical Challenges

Seth A. Taft

Mapping Your Place: Developing a Place-Conscious Music Classroom

Jonathan G. Schaller

Labels, Inequity and Advocacy: The “Woman” Composer in the Wind Band World

Jeffrey Boeckman

Structured Surround Soundscapes: A Three-Pronged Strategy for Effective and Meaningful Collective Improvisation

Ng Hoon Hong

Using Visual Mapping to Promote Higher-Level Thinking in Music-Making

Joshua Groffman and Zora Mackiewicz-Wolfe

Equity in Music Education: Diversity in the Choral Classroom

Dee Ann Gray


Volume 106 Issue 3, March 2020

The Physicality of Music Production: Investigating the Role of Mindful Practice and Kinesthetic Learning

Megan Lam

“Classroometrics”: The Validity, Reliability, and Fairness of Classroom Music Assessments

Brian Wesolowski

An Effective and Engaged Followership: Assessing Student Participation in Ensembles

Douglas C. Orzolek

Backward Design and Repertoire Selection: Finding Full Expression

Jocelyn W. Armes

Fund-a-mental Grant-Writing: Opportunities for Teachers and Researchers

Jennifer Bugos

Equity in Music Education: Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Appreciation and Understanding the Difference

Karen Howard


Volume 106 Issue 4, June 2020

Integrating Literacy within the Performance Classroom

Cynthia L. Wagoner

Mastery Goals and Intrinsic Motivation in Instrumental Ensembles

Olivia Tucker

Shame in Music Education: Starting the Conversation and Developing Resilience

Mara E. Culp, Sara K. Jones

Factors that Affect Participation in Secondary School Music: Reducing Barriers and Increasing Access

Mara E. Culp, Matthew Clauhs

Caring and Connectivity: A Framework for Active Caring in the Music Classroom

Sarah Watts, James Eldreth, Timonty Grant, Julie Renne

Music Education, Curriculum Design, and Assessment: Imagining a More Equitable Approach

Jennifer Mellizo

Equity in Music Education: Making a Place for Everyone

Mallory Alekna, Soyeon Kang