Narrative Inquiry in Music Education

Troubling Certainty

  • Margaret S. Barrett
  • Sandra L. Stauffer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Margaret S. Barrett, Sandra L. Stauffer
      Pages 1-4
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Margaret S. Barrett, Sandra L. Stauffer
      Pages 7-17
    3. Sandra L. Stauffer, Margaret S. Barrett
      Pages 19-29
  4. Part II

  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Wayne Bowman
      Pages 211-222
    3. Sandra L. Stauffer, Sandra L. Stauffer
      Pages 223-224
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-246

About this book


This text provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of narrative inquiry approaches to research in music education, and contextualizes this work within the larger conversations of music education research and practice. In an innovative dialogic approach the text is divided into 3 parts, each presenting a different perspective on the uses and purposes of narrative in and for music education. Section I explores the origins of narrative research across a range of fields of inquiry and presents a conception of narrative inquiry as "resonant work". Section II provides 7 examples of narrative inquiry research, each of which is accompanied by a reflective commentary. The commentaries provide an interpretive perspective of the narrative accounts, suggest further questions that arise from the inquiry, and provide insight into the potential uses of the narrative account for the theory and practice of music education. Section III brings together the perspectives of two eminent theorists and practitioners.


arts-based educational research interview music education narrative inquiry narrative research teacher education

Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret S. Barrett
    • 1
  • Sandra L. Stauffer
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Music Level 4The University of QueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.School of MusicArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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