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 of music education. 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.

Key activities include:

  • The EAS Conference which provides a space for music educators, researchers, students, early career and advanced scholars, practitioners, and others in the music education and music education research community to enhance, expand, or refresh their teaching and research skills through professional development and research capacity-building networks;
  • Professional development through paper and poster presentations, symposiums and workshops held in conjunction with the EAS Conference;
  • Mentoring and capacity building activities for students, PhD students and early career scholars through Student Forum and Doctoral Student Forum;
  • Advances in research methods, technology, and general modes and methods of music teaching and research make professional development and training within EAS as significant and ongoing process;
  • EAS Special Focus Groups (SFG) are working groups of EAS members with defined aims. SFGs provide a forum within EAS for the involvement of individuals drawn together by a common interest in a field of study, teaching or research. SFGs meet at the EAS Conferences and organize a common working space;
  • The EAS book series “European Perspectives on Music Education” takes a thematic approach to present scientific, policy and practice in music education.