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Council for Research and Teacher Education

Dr. Kelly Bylica, Council Chair (Boston University)

Dr. Sommer Forrester (UMass-Boston)

Dr. Daniel Albert (UMass - Amherst)

Dr. Jamie Gunther (Longy)

The MMEA Council for Research and Teacher Education convenes to:

  1. Promote Research Excellence: The council actively engages in facilitating and supporting research endeavors that explore the intersections of music education, psychology, pedagogy, and curriculum development. By championing rigorous research methodologies and encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration, the council strives to elevate the standard of music education research and its practical applications.

  2. Professional Development: Recognizing the vital role that continuous professional development plays in fostering effective music educators, the council designs and offers professional development programs, workshops, and conferences. These events provide educators with opportunities to enhance their teaching skills, stay updated on the latest research findings, and exchange ideas with peers and experts in the field.

  3. Advocacy and Outreach: The council actively advocates for the importance of music education within educational institutions, communities, and policy-making circles. By leveraging research-driven arguments, the council helps stakeholders understand the myriad benefits of music education and its significance in fostering creativity, critical thinking, and cultural appreciation.

  4. Curriculum Enhancement: Through ongoing dialogue and collaboration, the council works to develop and refine music education curricula that align with the needs of modern learners. By integrating innovative teaching methods and technology, the council ensures that music educators are well-equipped to adapt to evolving educational landscapes.

  5. Scholarly Publications: The council is instrumental in producing scholarly publications, research papers, and resources that contribute to the body of knowledge in music education. These materials serve as valuable references for educators, researchers, policymakers, and anyone interested in advancing the field.

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