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A Study of Evidence that Music Education is a Positive Factor in K-8 Student Academic Achievement Fall 1987 California State University Copied with permission from Wyoming MEA Journal 1991 Wyoming MEA web-site is httpwwwuwyoeduasmuscwmeahtm Research--whoa dont turn the page--is important in music education It is not the dusty dry study of facts and statistics Research decides what we teach when we teach it and how we teach It can also help you justify your music education program when faced with budget cuts and program elimination Research in music education is reported in numerous journals throughout the United States Some of the more prominent journals include the Music Educators Journal Journal of Research in Music Education Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and Update Applications of Research in Music Education Other regional journals are gaining a reputation like the Southeastern Journal of Music Education published by the University of Georgia More limited publications are also being pursued by smaller universities and local organizations An example is the development of a one-time publication by the Utah Music Education Association to report research done in music education in the state of Utah An excellent article on applying research findings is Putting Research to Work in the Music Classroom in the May 1991 Music Educators Journal by H Eugene Karjala The article describes the process of reporting research through publication linking the research to the classroom through workshops and applying the findings to actual classroom situations The author also lists several important sources of research reports If you or your music education program is faced with cuts because of declining revenues a possibility even in Evanston an excellent article to help build your defense was recently published in the August 1991 Instrumentalist Although the author defends program cuts on a purely economical basis many school administrators propose cuts in music programs for exactly those reasons Defending Music Programs with Economic Analysis by John
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