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Update: Applications of Research in Music Education

Update: Applications of Research in Music Education

Published in Association with National Association for Music Education

eISSN: 19450109 | ISSN: 87551233 | Current volume: 41 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-annually

Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, a peer-reviewed online-only journal, brings research in music teaching and learning close to everyday practice to help teachers apply research in their music classrooms and rehearsal halls. The journal presents reviews of the literature and findings of individual studies without research terminology or jargon.

Update: Applications of Research in Music Education is a publication of The National Association for Music Education.

Other NAfME journals can be found at

Journal of General Music Education (
Journal of Music Teacher Education (
Journal of Research in Music Education (
Music Educators Journal (

Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, a peer-reviewed online-only journal, brings research in music teaching and learning close to everyday practice to help teachers apply research in their music classrooms and rehearsal halls. The journal presents reviews of the literature and findings of individual studies without research terminology or jargon.

Brian Silvey University of Missouri, USA
Associate Editor
Jason M. Silveira University of Oregon, USA
Editorial Board Members
Johanna Abril Universidad de Las Americas, Ecuador
Melissa Baughman University of Oklahoma, USA
Casey Clementson University of Minnesota, USA
Jason Cumberledge University of Louisville, USA
Amanda Draper Indiana University, USA
Josef Hanson University of Memphis, USA
Jared Rawlings University of Utah, USA
Brad Regier Illinois Wesleyan University, USA
Heather Shouldice Eastern Michigan University, USA
Victoria Warnet Columbus State University, USA
Matthew Williams University of Arizona, USA
John Rine Zabanal Independent, USA
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  • Update: Applications of Research in Music Education is a peer-reviewed journal that brings research in music teaching and learning close to everyday practice, enabling teachers to apply the results of research readily in music classrooms and rehearsal halls.

    Unless specifically noted, articles in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education do not necessarily represent the official policy of the National Association for Music Education.

    Authors submitting manuscripts should refer to the following guidelines:

    1. Manuscripts must be research-based.
    2. Manuscripts may present a single research study or a review of the literature.
    3. Standalone reviews of literature should have a methodological basis. At a minimum, authors should include a rationale for conducting the literature review, search methods, and inclusion/exclusion criteria. Additional information regarding systematic review guidelines can be found through PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) ( and Cochrane Reviews (
    4. Manuscripts must be comprehensible to music teachers untrained in research methodology and statistics. Thus, writing should be as free of research jargon and statistical terminology as possible. A quantitative manuscript that eliminates specialized jargon associated with statistics must be accompanied by a not-to-be-published addendum that provides complete statistical information. Reviewers must have access to all relevant data and analyses in order to assess appropriateness, accuracy, and interpretation.
    5. Manuscripts must emphasize the interpretation of research and the application of research results in the music classroom or rehearsal hall. Bringing the usefulness of research into the foreground for the reader must be a high priority of the author. This applies also to reviews of literature, in which authors should make every attempt to synthesize research results and avoid presenting simple study-by-study reports.
    6. Articles should be unique and not published elsewhere. In accordance with the Code of Ethics, submitting a manuscript indicates that it has not been published previously and is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, either in its entirety or in part.
    7. Authors should comply with APA ethical standards ( and institutional and federal regulations in the treatment of human subjects.
    8. Manuscripts must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed., 2019).
    9. Authors should briefly review the NAfME Strategic Plan at to include information in their submissions on one or more of the following topics: Research, Serving the Profession and the Music Educator, Advocacy, and NAfME Organizational Vitality.
    10. All manuscripts must be submitted online at Authors should submit manuscripts of no more than 25 pages, which includes a 150-word abstract, followed by a 100-word set of bulleted implications for music teaching and learning statements, the body of the text, references, and any tables/figures. Authors should also submit key words relating to their article's content. Type size should be no smaller than 12 points (double-spacing should include 28 points total for a line of text and the following line). Figures and drawings should be camera-ready. We encourage the submission of short-form articles (4–10 pages) in addition to full-length reports. The short form is appropriate for research-to-resource articles, research involving multiple investigations of a continuing line of research, and for replications. Short-form articles must be labeled as such in the cover letter, on the abstract, and on the first page of the manuscript.
    11. To preserve the author's anonymity in the review process, the manuscript should include no clues as to his or her identity or institutional affiliation. The author's name, address (including e-mail, if available), and institutional affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet. Manuscripts not conforming to this stipulation will be returned.

    When submitting an article, the author will be asked to confirm that the submission has (a) appropriate use of APA style, and (b) a clear use of classroom applications. In addition, for research studies (not reviews of literature), the author will be asked to confirm that the submission has (a) documented IRB protocols, (b) documented the validity and reliability for measurement instruments used in the study, and (c) used statistics parsimoniously and simply so that a reader without a statistical background could understand the study.

    Authors are encouraged to read the Most Common Reviewer Comments concerning APA Style in order to avoid APA errors in their submissions.

    Music examples, figures, photographs, and other illustrations must be checked for accuracy before submission. If any copyrighted materials are used, documentation verifying that the author has permission to use the material must be included. Please complete a Request for Permission to Reprint Material form.

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish any author-submitted photographs or illustrations, and written permission to SAGE of a parent or guardian of any minor pictured is needed before such images are published. Please complete an Audio/Visual Likeness Release form.

    Supplemental material (e.g., tables, figures, appendices, full-length surveys, teaching tools, videos) may be submitted with manuscripts.

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    For more information, please refer to the SAGE Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    For any questions about submissions please contact: Editor, Brian Silvey,

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