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Narrative Soundings: An Anthology of Narrative Inquiry in Music Education

  • Margaret S. Barrett
  • Sandra L. Stauffer


  • This volume provides a comprehensive anthology of exemplars of narrative inquiry research in the fields of music and music education

  • The two volumes by these editors are the only texts available that address the application of qualitative methods in music education

  • Offers indispensible information on the application of qualitative research methods in music education


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Margaret S. Barrett, Sandra L. Stauffer
    Pages 1-17
  3. Lives in Music and Musical Practices

  4. Singular Stories and Master Narratives

  5. Narrative Lessons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-129
  6. Being and Becoming a Teacher

  7. Stories of Selves

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-234
    2. Margaret Schmidt, Allison Zenner
      Pages 235-249

About this book


This volume focuses specifically on narrative inquiry as a means to interrogate research questions in music education, offering music education researchers indispensible information on the use of qualitative research methods, particularly narrative, as appropriate and acceptable means of conducting and reporting research.

This anthology of narrative research work in the fields of music and education builds on and supports the work presented in the editors’ first volume in Narrative Inquiry in Music Education: Troubling Certainty (Barrett & Stauffer, 2009, Springer). The first volume provides a context for undertaking narrative inquiry in music education, as well as exemplars of narrative inquiry in music education and commentary from key international voices in the fields of narrative inquiry and music education respectively. 


NIME arts education music education narrative inquiry narrative research qualitative research methods

Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret S. Barrett
    • 1
  • Sandra L. Stauffer
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MusicUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of MusicArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Narrative Soundings: An Anthology of Narrative Inquiry in Music Education
  • Editors Margaret S. Barrett
    Sandra L. Stauffer
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-0698-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-8473-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-0699-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 360
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Creativity and Arts Education
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

“Narrative Soundings takes the reader on a highly worthwhile journey across that fertile ground: through the philosophical underpinnings of the discipline; via numerous research examples … and on to narrative enquirers’ reflections on the research process. Its audience will be broad and, as a satisfied traveller, I recommend the book wholeheartedly.” (David Baker, British Journal of Music Education, Vol. 30 (2), 2013)