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Pluralism in American Music Education Research

Essays and Narratives

  • Diana R. Dansereau
  • Jay Dorfman


  • The first in-depth discussion of methodological pluralism within music education and its inherent possibilities

  • An interrogation of research practices that is music education-specific

  • Narratives by music education researchers who are implementing this contemporary approach to research


Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Essays

  3. Narratives

About this book


This volume examines pluralism in light of recent music education research history and pluralistic approaches in practice. Pluralistic research holds the potential to blend frameworks, foundations, methods, and analysis protocols, and leads to a sophisticated understanding of music teaching and learning. This blending could take place in a range of contexts that may span an individual study to a lifelong research agenda. Additionally, pluralistic ideals would guide the addressing of questions as a community. The volume also illuminates the work of innovative music education researchers who are constructing pluralistic research studies and agendas, and advocate for the music education profession to embrace such an approach in order to advance shared research goals. The ramifications of this transformation in music education research are a subject of discussion, including the implications for researcher education and the challenges inherent in conducting and disseminating such research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Diana R. Dansereau
    • 1
  • Jay Dorfman
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Fine ArtsBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Hugh A. Glauser School of MusicKent State UniversityKentUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pluralism in American Music Education Research
  • Book Subtitle Essays and Narratives
  • Editors Diana R. Dansereau
    Jay Dorfman
  • Series Title Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Landscapes: Arts, Aesthetics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-90160-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07948-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-90161-9
  • Series ISSN 1573-4528
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-0069
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 251
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Creativity and Arts Education
    Research Methodology
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