Music Education Research

Koji Matsunobu, Liora Bresler

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From rites of passage to closer community bonding, the practice, enjoyment, exchange, and transmission of music—regardless of the setting—is an integral element of the history of human civilization. While the field of music education research has long focused on school music and institutional teaching, it is increasingly reaching out to the wider community, in the process involving people at different life stages who are operating in a variety of societal contexts. Consequently, research in music education explores a broad spectrum of musical engagements (including composition and improvisation, in addition to singing, playing, and listening) and a wide-ranging repertoire (including jazz, popular music, folk, and world music), together with diverse pedagogies both inspired by and borrowed from these genres. This process reveals how these forms of musical transmission can, on the one hand, create new meanings and experiences at individual levels, and, on the other, shape collective identity formation through the facilitation of cultural sustainability and transformation. By means of quantitative, qualitative, historical, and philosophical methods, and typically drawing on the fields of—among others—psychology, sociology, and anthropology, music education researchers have addressed social, cultural, pedagogical, and ethical issues of music teaching and learning.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOxford Research Encyclopedia of Education
EditorsGeorge W Noblit
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190264093
StatePublished - Mar 26 2019


  • music education research
  • philosophy of music education
  • history of music education
  • sociology of music education
  • psychology of music education
  • qualitative research
  • quantitative research


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