Qualitative Choral Music Research

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This chapter provides a comprehensive review of qualitative choral music education research conducted in the United States. Research revealed that safe spaces are valuable to choral teachers and students, choir members, and directors. In addition, the choral environment and qualities of the teacher have the power to positively and/or negatively sway choral participation, regardless of a chorister’s stage of life. From this review it is clear that participation in choral music can be a multi-faceted experience, as can benefits received from participation. It was found that no qualitative research has been specifically focused on female adolescent choir students and that little qualitative research has been conducted with former choral students or non-singers.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education
EditorsColleen Marie Conway
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199984541
ISBN (Print)9780199844272
StatePublished - 2014


  • qualitative
  • choral music
  • choir class
  • safe space
  • participation in choir
  • high school choir
  • middle school choir
  • choir teacher participation


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