Assessment in Music
Should the standards be assessed to demonstrate academic viability? Can music arguably maintain a place in the core curriculum without standardized testing?
The Cognitive Properties of Music
Where does music actually come from in our brains? What is the process? Why has it evolved?
Contemporary Music Project
Current Topics in Music Teacher Preparation
What are the hot topics in the discipline? What is being addressed currently? What are the controversies within the discipline of music teacher preparation?
The Educational Value of Popular Music
Four Educational Methodologies: Dalcroze, Orff, Kodaly, Gordon
Don't just summarize each. Compare, analyze, differentiate, etc.
The Influence of Religion in Public School Music Education
Covert or overt? The role of the music educator? Is there a balance? What does research say?
Is Music Advocacy Legitimate?
Must we associate music education with increased academic success? Is that even legitimate? What about music for its own sake?
Is Secondary Music Education Elitist?
Are we educating only a select few in our high schools? Are ensemble programs to blame? How could secondary music education be more inclusive
Manhattanville Music Curriculum Project
Music Education in Higher Education
Should we overhaul the Music Education Curriculum? What courses should be taught in tertiary institutions to ensure a well-rounded, professional music educator?
The Pestalozzian Philosophy of Music Education
Praxis Music Education
Small Ensembles: Can They Work in the Large Ensemble World of Secondary Education?
A way to involve the 80% of students who are not in large ensembles? Will ensemble directors push back?
Standardized Testing in Music: Would It Help Our Cause?
Pros and cons? Would it legitimize music as a core course instead of a peripheral? What does the research say about testing?
The Purposes of Music
What is it actually "good for"? What does research really say?
Tanglewood Symposium and the "Go" Project
Testing Musical Aptitude
What is talent? Can anyone be a musician? What is required?
World Musics in Music Education
Note: The notes under the titles are not intended to be questions required to be answered, but to suggest some directions that your paper might go. Remember that a 5-7 page paper must necessarily have a definite focus. Don't try to cover too much or your treatment will be shallow. Above all, the paper should be data-driven, not opinion driven.