Research & Development

Music Education Research and Development

EAS pursues projects, initiatives and activities to advance the field of music education and music education research, promote cutting edge lines of study, and deepen knowledge about music education and music education research as a discipline, profession and field. Music education research is a field of inquiry aimed at advancing knowledge of education and learning processes and development of the tools and methods necessary to support this endeavor.

Music education research is the scientific field of study that examines music education and learning processes and the human attributes, interactions, organizations and institutions that shape music educational outcomes. Scholarship in the field seeks to describe, understand and explain how music learning takes place throughout a person’s life and how formal and informal contexts of education affect all forms of learning. Music education research embraces the full spectrum of rigorous methods appropriate to the questions being asked and also drives the development of new tools and methods.


Issues and Initiatives

To advance public awareness and knowledge, inform policy and practice and provide direction for future scholarship, EAS undertakes initiatives and publishes reports on major issues and trends in the field. Reports are designed to be shared with wide audiences and are focused on providing practical recommendations. These efforts often involve cross-disciplinary task forces made up of leading experts and, sometimes, close collaboration between EAS and other organizations.