Ohio Music Education Association

Contributions to Music Education

Contributions to Music Education is a refereed journal published by the Ohio Music Education Association. A primary purpose is to recognize and highlight the importance of social science research in guiding educational practice. The journal is a fully peer-reviewed publication focused on issues related to music teaching and learning in school and community contexts. With a history of over 40 years in print, CME has supported scholarly investigation into music education since 1972. Many important figures have served as editor over the years, and numerous researchers have put forth their work in its pages.

The journal is available in print in nearly every state in the US, and several countries abroad. Since 2005, digital content has been distributed through major academic databases such as ProQuest, EBSCO, ERIC, and others. Full-text archival access (1972-present) is available through JSTOR and RILM. The journal has been published 1-2 times yearly for the past four decades, and is currently produced as an annual double issue, in print and digitized format.

The following sections include information about every volume of CME, articles/authors/abstracts, submission policies, subscription options, the editorial board, and related details. Should you have further interest in the journal or its mission, please feel free to contact the Editor at contributions@omea-ohio.org.
  • Current Editorial Board

    Craig Resta, Editor
    Kent State University

    Birch Browning, Associate Editor
    Cleveland State University

    Paul Louth
    Youngstown State University

    Bryan Nichols
    University of Akron

    Ryan Shaw
    Capital University Conservatory of Music

    Lisa Koops
    Case Western Reserve University

    Brian Meyers
    University of Miami

    Matthew Schatt
    Kent State University

    Ann Porter
    University of Cincinnati

    David Hedgecoth
    Ohio State University

    Heather Russell
    Cleveland State University
    Daniel Isbell
    Louisiana State University

    Scott Edgar
    Lake Forest College

    Wendy Matthews
    Wayne State University

    Dale Bazan
    University of Florida

    Jared Rawlings
    University of Utah

    Stephen Zdzinski
    University of Miami

    Jill Sullivan
    Arizona State University

    Lindsey Williams
    West Virginia University

    Gregory Springer
    University of South Carolina


  • Past CME Editors

    Past Editors of Contributions to Music Education

    Henry L. Cady (1972-1975)
    Ohio State University

    Melvin C. Platt (1976-1977)
    Kent State University

    Peter R. Webster (1978-1982)
    Case Western Reserve University

    Terry L. Kuhn (1983-1985)
    Kent State University

    Duane Sample (1986-1988)
    Youngstown State University

    John K. Kratus (1989-1993)
    Case Western Reserve University

    Donald L. Hamann (1994-1999)
    Kent State University

    Michael R. Crist (2000-2003)
    Youngstown State University

    William I. Bauer (2003-2009)
    Case Western Reserve University

    Birch Browning (2010-2012)
    Cleveland State University

  • Past Board Members

    1970s

    Henry L. Cady, Ohio State University
    William H. Anderson, Kent State University
    Francis Borkowski, Ohio University
    Nicholas Gerren, Central State University
    DuWayne Hansen, Bowling Green State University
    Everett F. Nelson, Miami University
    Warren F. Prince, Case Western Reserve University
    Duane Sample, Youngstown State University
    Keith P. Thompson, Ohio State University
    Charles H. Benner, University of Cincinnati
    Robert McSpadden, Cincinnati Public Schools
    Paul A. Aliapoulis, Miami University
    Robert Hohn, Bowling Green State University
    R. Robert Hornyak, University of Cincinnati
    Jerry Lowder, Ohio State University
    Wallace Nolin, University of Akron
    James Scholten, Ohio University
    Peter R. Webster, Case Western Reserve University
    Melvin C. Platt, Kent State University
    Mary F. Trolio, Cleveland State University
    Martha Wurtz, Wright State University
    Thomas Clay, Miami University
    Clinton Foster, Warren Public Schools
    Mary Friedmann, Cleveland State University
    Jere L. Forsythe, Ohio State University
    Richard Mountford, Malone College
    P. Thomas Tallarico, Bowling Green State University
    Sherman Vander Ark, University of Akron

    1980s

    Peter R. Webster, Case Western Reserve University
    William M. Anderson, Kent State University
    Thomas Clay, Miami University
    Clinton Foster, Warren Public Schools
    Jere L. Forsythe, Ohio State University
    Mary Friedmann, Cleveland State University
    R. Robert Hornyak, University of Cincinnati
    Richard Mountford, Malone College
    Duane Sample, Youngstown State University
    James Scholten, Ohio University
    P. Thomas Tallarico, Bowling Green State University
    Martha Wurtz, Wright State University
    Sherman Vander Ark, University of Akron
    Candice Stamguts, Dayton City Schools
    Terry Lee Kuhn, Kent State University
    Robert Cutietta, Kent State University
    John Kratus, Case Western Reserve University
    David Poff, Wright State University
    Karen Wolff, University of Cincinnati
    Sebronette Barnes, Miami University
    Patricia Flowers, Ohio State University
    Sharon Rasor, Wright State University

    1990s

    John Kratus, Case Western Reserve University
    Robert A. Carpenter, Columbus City Schools
    Robert Cutietta, Kent State University
    Patricia J. Flowers, Ohio State University
    Mary Friedman, Cleveland State University
    Brenda Mitchell, Miami University
    Sharon Nelson-Rasor, Wright State University
    Duane Sample, Youngstown State University
    James Scholten, Ohio University
    P. Thomas Tallarico, Bowling Green State University
    Sherman Vander Ark, University of Akron
    Lizabeth Wing, University of Cincinnati
    Darla Funk, Youngstown State University
    Dennis Hayslett, University of Toledo
    Donald L. Hamann, Kent State University
    Michael Bell, Case Western Reserve University
    Jan McCrary, Ohio State University
    Tom Temple Tuttle, Cleveland State University
    Lois Schleuter, University of Toledo
    Nancy Lineburgh, University of Akron
    James Tipps, Wright State University
    Brian D. Ebie, Cuyahoga Falls City Schools
    Keitha V. Lucas, Kent State University

    2000s

    Michael R. Crist, Youngstown State University
    Gary A. Sexton, Youngstown State University
    Michael Bell, Case Western Reserve University
    Brian D. Ebie, Cuyahoga Falls City Schools
    Darla Funk, Youngstown State University
    Keitha Lucas Hamann, Kent State University
    Jan McCrary Edwards, Ohio State University
    Brenda Mitchell, Miami University
    Lois Schleuter, University of Toldeo
    James Scholten, Ohio University
    P. Thomas Tallarico, Bowling Green State University
    James Tipps, Wright State University
    Tom Temple Tuttle, Cleveland State University
    Sherman Vander Ark, University of Akron
    Lizabeth Wing, University of Cincinnati
    Timothy Brakel, University of Toledo
    Dorothy Bryant, Ohio University
    Sally Childs, Akron City Schools
    Robert Dunn, Case Western Reserve University
    Rita Klinger, Cleveland State University
    Kay L. Edwards, Miami University
    Vincent J. Kantorski, Bowling Green State University
    Daryl Kinney, Kent State University
    Laurie Lafferty, University of Akron
    William I. Bauer, Case Western Reserve University
    Linda Hartley, University of Dayton
    Jody Kerchner, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
    Ben Ayling, Kent State University
    Birch Browning, Cleveland State University
    Rachel Gamin, Strongsville City Schools

    2010s

    Birch Browning, Cleveland State University
    William I. Bauer, Case Western Reserve University
    Benjamin Ayling, Kent State University
    Timothy Brakel, University of Toledo
    Dorothy Bryant, Ohio University
    Kay L. Edwards, Miami University
    Darla Funk, Youngstown State University
    Rachel Gamin, Strongsville City School
    Linda Hartley, University of Dayton
    Vincent J. Kantorski, Bowling Green State University
    Daryl Kinney, Ohio State University
    James Tipps, Wright State University
    Lizabeth Wing, University of Cincinnati
    Michael Crist, Youngstown State University
    Ann Porter, University of Cincinnati
    Craig Resta, Kent State University
    Ann Usher, University of Akron
    Tami Draves, University of Arizona
    Ryan Hourigan, Ball State University
    Daniel Isbell, Ithaca College
    Debbie Rohwer, University of North Texas
    Molly Weaver, University of West Virginia
    Lisa Koops, Case Western Reserve University
    Paul Louth, Youngstown State University
    Bryan Nichols, University of Akron
    Daniel Johnson, University of North Carolina Wilmington
    Laura Sindberg, University of Minnesota
    Stephen Zdzinski, University of Miami
    Ryan Shaw, Capital University
    Matthew Schatt, Kent State University
    Brian Meyers, Miami University
    David Hedgecoth, Ohio State University
    Heather Russell, Cleveland State University
    Scott Edgar, Lake Forest College
    Wendy Matthews, Wayne State University
    Dale Bazan, University of Nebraska
    Jared Rawlings, University of Utah
    Jill Sullivan, Arizona State University
    Lindsey Williams, West Virginia University
    Gregory Springer, University of South Carolina

  • View Submission Policies
    Content and Scholarship

    The editorial board is pleased to accept manuscripts reporting the results of original research of a philosophical, historical, or scientific nature that contribute to a stronger understanding of music teaching and learning. Paradigms may represent quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods approaches. The journal especially welcomes research that offers new and progressive takes on music teaching and learning in K12, community, and societal contexts. In short, does this work help make music education better? Authors should endeavor to articulate sections and content clearly, and include standard elements of scholarly writing. These may include background, purpose, scope, questions, literature review, methodology, data and analysis, conclusions, and implications for the profession, among other areas.

    In addition, papers that provide a comprehensive review and critique of the research literature on a topic, clearly discussing possible ramifications for music education, will also be evaluated for possible publication. Only unique reviews of literature will be considered; comparable reports (unless a significant contemporary update) should not be available in other music education publications. It is suggested that prospective authors review prior CME volumes to know the work included in its history. Complete metadata information is available through the CME Website or Open Music Library. Full text digital access to 1972 is available through JSTOR and RILM. If further details would be helpful after reading the submission guidelines, please view the CME website or contact the editor at contributions@omea-ohio.org.

    Style and Format

    The manuscript text should be on 8.5 by 11.0 inch paper, double-spaced with 1.0 inch margins, and use the 12-point serif font Times (New Roman). Tables and figures should be designed so that they will fit the page size of the journal (approximately 4.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches high) and use no smaller than 9-point font. Any figures, drawings, charts, tables, graphics utilized should be camera-ready, in JPG or TIFF format (at least 300 DPI), clear and easy to decipher, and in black-and-white or grayscale schemes. Please do include within in the article as they should appear, but these may be requested later as separate compressed files (if necessary). Utilize centered section headings and left-justified sub-headings, both in bold print, avoiding no lower than third or fourth level.

    Authors should include an abstract of 150-200 words at the beginning of their article, on a separate sheet just after the title page, along with 3-5 keywords below. The corresponding author’s (and any co-authors) name/s, email address/es, institutional affiliation/s, and mailing address/es should (only) appear on the cover sheet at the beginning of the document. Any references to author/s identity should be removed from the body of the manuscript to ensure anonymity in the review process. Add a running header with abbreviated article title on each sheet, and page numbers at the bottom, starting on the title/abstract page. Total length of the manuscript, including the abstract, figures, drawings, tables and references, should not be more than 5000-6000 words (20-25 double-spaced pages), including title page, references, appendices, and the like. Longer papers may be considered based on the particulars of the topic, content, method, and necessity to convey the importance and message of the work.

    Manuscripts should adhere to recommendations made in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010), or The Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition, 2017). Those who select Chicago Style should utilize the Author-Date option; avoiding footnotes, and only endnotes as absolutely necessary. References may attach DOI numbers or persistent URL information, where available and feasible. The style chosen should be used consistently throughout the manuscript, and title page must indicate the style used. Please check your paper carefully for adherence to style and accuracy of writing before submitting work to the journal.

    Submission Procedures

    Electronic submissions via email are required, following CME content, scholarship, style, and format guidelines. Please send manuscripts to the Editor as a single file (cover sheet included) in WORD DOC/DOCX format. In the subject line, please use: CME Submission (Corresponding Author Surname – Month and Last Two Digits of Year). An example would be: CME Submission (Resta – Apr19). Authors should retain a digital copy (and subsequent evaluations and revised versions) to ensure against loss, and for future reference. If the manuscript is based on a thesis or dissertation, a full bibliographic citation of the original work should appear on the title page. Order should be cover page, title/abstract page, then manuscript (with title again at the top of the page).

    Contributions to Music Education follows the NAfME Society for Research in Music Education Code of Ethics. As stated there, 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. CME also requires that authors of proposed articles and their methods have treated human participants ethically, according to standard research protocols of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or affiliate, Collaborative Institute Training Initiative (CITI), and the American Psychological Association.

    Evaluation Protocol

    Authors are notified on receipt of the manuscript in the Editorial Office. The editor will initially review the work to determine fitness for the journal, and then send out for official evaluation. Several members of the editorial board (generally 3-6 based on number of appraisals), utilizing a rigorous, blind process to analyze submissions. The collective recommendation of committee members, with editor feedback, normally determines whether a manuscript will be accepted for publication.

    Authors will likely receive comments on their work and suggestions to strengthen the writing. If this is the case, a revision and second version of the article may be required, along with a narrative indicating how the editorial comments and related matters were edited by the author/s. This narrative should be included in DOC/X format with a clear listing of how you addressed reviewer suggestions, along with your revised manuscript. The review process takes approximately 6-8 weeks for each blind board review, after which authors are notified of the initial editorial decision to publish, revise/resubmit, or not publish the submission. If a second review is requested, authors will generally have 6-8 weeks to complete, followed by another review period of 6-8 weeks. This may mean that an article could take as many as 18-24 weeks (or longer) for a decision, then time for further editing, suggested updates, and the like. While this schedule is necessarily flexible, our hope is to be as transparent and communicative as possible about the protocols and factors impacting the review process (at that time).

    For original research, reviewers evaluate the following criteria when making a decision as to whether to accept, reject, or suggest revision: (a) importance of the problem, (b) discussion of the problem and it substance, (c) review of relevant literature and/or theory, (d) application of procedures appropriate to the purpose of the study, (e) presentation and analysis of data, (f) validity of conclusions, (g) writing mechanics and communicability, and (h) conformity to style guide and similar regulations. There is also attention to clarity and flow of writing, how it might impact the profession, and applicability to music education practice.

    When examining reviews of literature, the editorial board will consider if: (a) the topic of the manuscript is timely, important, and will be of interest to readers, (b) the text provides a comprehensive review and critique of the literature, (c) analysis is perhaps based on unique questions that the literature can address, (d) the examination is clear and coherent, (e) studies are synthesized with connections made among them and providing new insights; not merely a summary of existing studies, (f) a review of literature on this topic is not available in other music education publications, (g) the manuscript is well written and compelling, and (h) the work will contribute pragmatically to music education.

    Publication Details

    If your article has been accepted for publication by Contributions to Music Education, please note these final requirements to complete your submission. Articles that have been accepted are reviewed by the editor, editorial assistant, and media designer for issues of accuracy of format, layout, and content. It is the responsibility of the author, to their best ability, to send work that is free of errors, adhering to CME style regulations, including clean, compact images of charts/tables/figures/statistics/and so on. All of these should be included within the article as TIFF or JPG files in black-and-white or grayscale format, no less than 300 DPI. Authors will be notified if separate images/files are required. While limited use of photographs is permitted, authors must provide permissions for any images submitted to the journal.

    Please also check that all research citations are listed in the final reference section, in alphabetical/chronological order, and adhere to correct style guidelines (APA or Chicago). You should also convert your reference list/bibliography to single-spaced entries for your final version. The more accurate and clear your submission, the more efficient our publication process. These policies are designed to help ensure your article is represented in its best light, and streamline the production schedule. This includes thorough checking of statistical procedures, qualitative reporting, related aspects of methodology, writing and presentation style, exactness of the work, and similar matters.

    Those authors who will have their research published in CME agree to its distribution via print and electronic means. While authors will retain copyright and ownership of their work, CME and OMEA are also copyright holders of the publication itself. Authors should be aware of permissions they are offering to OMEA and CME for the opportunity of having their research disseminated in a professional academic journal. Unless author/s specifically state otherwise, they demonstrate understanding and agreement with the terms listed in this Publication Details section of CME Submission Requirements. If author/s would prefer not to have their work published or distributed as their article is readied for publication, they may withdraw at any time.

    The agreement between author/s and the publisher, Ohio Music Education Association, is consistent with U.S. copyright law, and grants without charge, non-exclusive permission for the publisher to: (1) reproduce, prepare derivative works based upon the original, publish, and distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or other transfer; and (2) grant licenses to third parties for reproduction, display, and distribution of the work, in whole or in part, as the publisher sees fit. Author/s waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product that may be used in conjunction herewith, or the use to which it might be applied. (Note that this is after the work has been thoroughly reviewed/approved by the editorial board, editors, and author/s prior to publication.)

    Author/s guarantee to the publisher and licensees they are the sole author/s of the work, and remain the owner of all the rights granted to the publisher. It is also agreed that author/s have full power to enter into this agreement; that the research contains no libelous, obscene or other unlawful matter; and that it does not infringe upon the copyright or violate any other right of any person or party. The author agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the publisher against any loss, damage, claim, liability, settlement cost, or expenses by reason of a violation of any of these warranties.

    The Ohio Music Education Association and Contributions to Music Education highly value the individuals who are willing to submit their work to the journal. These regulations are meant for the protection of all interested in the dissemination of their research through CME, various research databases, and related professional avenues. OMEA and CME appreciate the collaboration of those authors who present their scholarship for the benefit of the music education field. Should authors or interested parties have questions about these regulations, please contact the editor at contributions@omea-ohio.org.
  • View Abstracts and Access
    Abstracts are available for all issues of Contributions to Music Education from 1972 to present. Those in volumes 16 and beyond (1989 and forward) are written by authors of the articles. Abstracts for articles prior to 1989 have been written by Martina Vasil (1985-1988), Tammy Kuntz (1983-1984), Jonathan Saeger (1980-1982), Beatrice Olesko (1979), Kristin Coen-Mishlan (1977-1978), and John Owens (1972-1976). You may look for all articles in the search engine here, and use relative terms or exact titles and phrases. For broader metadata search information, please visit the Open Music Library Database (http://openmusiclibrary.org/journal/cme). Full text access is available digitally and in print through journal subscription, scholarly databases, academic libraries, institutional archives, and the like.

    For digital retrieval of CME, issues are offered through a number of subscription database sources. These include the International Index of Music Periodicals (IIMP), ProQuest (Central, Professional Central, Education Journals), EBSCO, ERIC, WorldCat, and others (2005-forward). Full-text archives are housed in JSTOR (Arts & Sciences XIII), and RILM (both from 1972 to present). Through these electronic databases CME may be found in 130+ countries internationally, and is now more widely available than at any other point in its history.
     
    There are currently several hundred individual and institutional subscribers, many of which hold full sets back to 1972. A CME archival set is currently being populated and housed with the OMEA Official Papers in the Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, USA. For those interested in receiving the print version of the journal, please click the subscriptions toggle (below) for more details. Further information is also available there on the publication schedule moving forward.

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  • View Subscription Policies
    Contributions to Music Education is published once yearly as a double issue volume, and mailed in May of each year. The journal is circulated to the individuals and institutions on its mailing list in the US and abroad, in print and electronic format. CME can be found in nearly all 50 states, and over 100 countries around the world.
     
    Payment may be made by check via postal mail (payable to Ohio Music Education Association), or credit card by phone to David Adamson, OMEA Business Manager (business_manager@omea-ohio.org). Requests for new or existing individual and institutional subscriptions, change of address, current payment status, or relatedmatters should be made to the Business Manager. Academic and content questions can be directed to Craig Resta, CME Editor (contributions@omea-ohio.org).
     
    Volumes 39-42 were released from 2014-2017; and Volumes 43-45 will be distributed in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Earlier copies are presently available to those wishing to complete their collections, start a new library of print issues, or obtain a representative sample for their personal or institutional holdings. We want the  journal in the hands of readers, so do be in touch!

    Subscription options include individual electronic only, individual print only, individual combination, and institutional print options, in the United States and other countries. Note that special e-access subscriptions specifically for OMEA members are now available. OMEA and CME appreciate your support as the journal endeavors to pursue its nearly 50-year tradition of regularly publishing music education research and scholarship.