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Music Education

Key Journals for Music Educators

Professional Magazines

These magazines are intended for music teachers.  Typically, they contain teaching tips, lesson plans, or other issues relating to teaching music.  They are not scholarly journals, but neither are they popular magazines.  They are a good source of current best practices and current issues.

Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Journals

These journals publish the results of formal study of a particular aspect of music education.  They are intended to advance the field of music education by publishing quantifiable or qualitative research results.  Usually, articles in scholarly peer-reviewed journals begin with a review of the literature and then describe the method the author will use to investigate the issue.  The articles conclude with a discussion of the findings and suggestions for further study.  The anonymous peer review process attempts to guarantee that the content of the articles adheres to a rigid and honest academic investigation process.