Research Survey Assistance from NAfME

Purpose

NAfME has had a long association with the research community in schools, colleges and universities, and through our members who have a keen interest in supporting research efforts in the field of music education. We wish to support those who need to communicate in a broad and timely fashion with potential research subjects or collaborators (e.g., members who might be asked to complete a survey, participate in an experimental research study, or collaborate in evaluating the effectiveness of a new instructional strategy). With this in mind, NAfME is pleased to provide indirect access to the association’s membership list using our e-mail transmission platform.

The purpose of providing this research assistance is to allow those with a legitimate research program or material to reach out to NAfME’s membership in a way that might result in the collection of additional data points that may be useful to complete ongoing research projects. The majority of our members are in the United States. Our members represent all interests, specialties and teaching levels, with experience ranging from the Collegiate and first-year teacher to highly skilled and seasoned professionals. The list is accurate and current. We estimate that nearly 50% of all music educators in the U.S. are NAfME members. This is your opportunity to send a research-related message to NAFME members.

This service is available for members only. Members may be awarded one request every two years. The review cycle runs September 1 – August 31. If the initial request application is rejected, the applicant may revise and resubmit only once within the 2-year cycle. 

Process

The Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) Executive Committee evaluates proposed research surveys prior to dissemination. To submit a proposal for a research survey, go to https://openconf.org/nafmeresearch/, and select: ‘NAfME Research Survey’, and then ‘Make Submission.’ You will be asked to provide the following details for committee review:

Researcher Information

  • Name
  • Email
  • NAfME ID Number
  • Phone Number
  • Institution Affiliation
  • Professional Status (undergraduate, K-12 teacher, professor, ect)

Additionally, university students will be asked to provide the name, NAfME ID, email, and phone number for their academic advisor.

Content Information

  • Project Title
  • IRB Protocol (including approval documentation)
  • Abstract
  • Background, Purpose, and Rationale 250-word limit
  • Research Question(s) 250-word limit
  • Targeted Respondent Population 250-word limit
  • Procedures (including contact strategy) 250-word limit
  • How would this research benefit the NAfME membership? 150-word limit

Approved Submissions

Decisions on a proposed survey will be rendered 2-3 weeks after submission. Once the SRME review committee has approved a survey proposal, emails can be distributed according to the details provided below. The platform for the survey itself (e.g., Qualtics, Surveymonkey, Google Forms) is determined by the researcher.

  • Standard Transmission: $50.00
    • Includes: Transmission of an HTML or text-based e-mail to 5,000 members or fewer, with up to 2 selection criteria (example: states, teaching levels, etc.), using NAfME’s mass e-mail transmission tool.
    • The transmission is sent by NAFME on the individual’s / company’s / institution’s behalf.
    • An NAFME staff member will request the text that will be included in your e-mail, and will transfer it to our system. The blast will be sent using a standard NAfME (design) template.
    • Minor proofing of design and content is included as part of the standard service.
    • Though member e-mail addresses are not provided directly to the client as part of this program, you may elect to forward members to a survey or other related tool, or have replies sent to a specific survey tool, department or staff member.
    • NAfME will confirm final cost and request final approval from client prior to transmission.
    • E-mails are approved / scheduled within five business days upon receipt of order and payment, based on network availability.
    • The following disclaimer must be included in the e-blast text: “This invitation is sent as a service to the profession by NAfME, as part of our ongoing efforts to support research in music education. The sending of this invitation does not constitute endorsement of the content or quality of the research project for which this invitation is sent by NAfME or its component Societies or Councils.”
    • Regarding Content: NAfME reserves the right to approve ALL content prior to transmission. NAfME will deny requests for transmission of messages/materials which include non-research-related material and/or links to specific product sales pages.
  • Additional Services
    • Transmission to more than 5,000 members: $25.00 for each add’l 5,000 members (or portion thereof)
    • Additional list criteria (in excess of 2 criteria): $10.00 per criteria
    • Re-send to original distribution list (non-responders only): $25.00
    • Rush Order (guaranteed transmission in less than five business days): $50.00