Excellence in Performing Arts Research


This study examined the major topics, focus areas, and targeted age (grade) levels in featured articles appearing in the Music Educators Journal (MEJ) from 2011 to 2016. The MEJ, which every member of the National Association for Music Education receives, is the oldest and most widely distributed music education publication in the United States. Building on Pierre Bourdieu’s concepts of cultural capital, this analysis examined featured articles in MEJ for implied skills, knowledge, and expertise valuable to its large audience of music educators over the past five years. Results indicate an imbalance in attention given to secondary level performance groups over elementary or tertiary non-performance based classes. Within the performance groups, instrumental received more attention than choral ensembles.



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