• Contributions to Music Education

    Contributions to Music Education

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    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 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 over 45 states in the US, and several countries abroad. Since 2005, digital copies have been distributed through major academic databases such as ProQuest, EBSCO, ERIC, and others. The journal has been published 1-2 times yearly for the past four decades, and is currently produced once annually in print, and also in digitized format.

    The following pages 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.

    Last Updated January 2014

  • Editorial Board

    Contributions to Music Education
    Editorial Board

    Craig Resta, Editor
    Kent State University

    Birch Browning, Associate Editor
    Cleveland State University

    Lisa Huisman Koops—Case Western Reserve University

    Timothy Brakel—University of Toledo

    Dorothy Bryant—Ohio University

    Kay Edwards—Miami University

    Linda Hartley—University of Dayton

    Vincent Kantorski—Bowling Green State University

    Daryl Kinney—Ohio State University

    Paul Louth—Youngstown State University

    Ann Porter—University of Cincinnati
    Jim Tipps—Wright State University

    Bryan Nichols—University of Akron

    Matthew Schatt—Independence School District

    Ryan Hourigan—Ball State University

    Molly Weaver—West Virginia University

    Dan Isbell—Ithaca College

    Debbie Rohwer—University of North Texas

    Laura Sindberg—University of Minnesota

    Stephen Zdzinski—University of Miami

    Past Editors of Contributions to Music Education


    Henry L. Cady—Ohio State University (1972-1975)
    Melvin C. Platt—Kent State University (1976-1977)
    Peter R. Webster—Case Western Reserve University (1978-1982)
    Terry L. Kuhn—Kent State University (1983-1985)
    Duane Sample—Youngstown State University (1986-1988)
    John K. Kratus—Case Western Reserve University (1989-1993)
    Donald L. Hamann—Kent State University (1994-1999)
    Michael R. Crist—Youngstown State University (2000-2003)
    William I. Bauer—Case Western Reserve University (2003-2010)
    Birch Browning—Cleveland State University (2010-2013)
  • Submissions

    Contributions to Music Education
    Submission Policies


    Content and Scholarship

    The editorial board welcomes manuscripts reporting the results of original research of a philosophical, historical, or scientific nature that contribute to an understanding of music teaching and learning. Paradigms may represent quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods approaches. Authors should endeavor to articulate sections and content clearly.

    In addition, papers that provide a comprehensive review and critique of the research literature on a topic, clearly discussing possible implications for music education, will also be evaluated for possible publication. Only unique reviews of literature will be considered; comparable reports should not be available in other music education publications. For inquiries about submissions, please contact the Editor at contributions@omea-ohio.org.

    Style and Format

    The manuscript text should be double-spaced 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 8-point font. Any figures or drawings utilized should be camera-ready, preferably in JPG format. Authors should also include an abstract of no more than 150 words at the beginning of their article.

    Total length of the manuscript, including the abstract, figures, drawings, tables and references, should not be more than 20 pages. The author’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and location should only appear on the cover sheet at the beginning of the document. Any references to the author’s identity should be removed from the body of the manuscript to ensure anonymity in the review process. Also to be included is a running header with abbreviated article title and page number on each sheet.

    Manuscripts should adhere to recommendations made in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010), or The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, 2010). The style chosen should be used consistently throughout the manuscript. The title page must indicate the style used.

    Submission Procedures

    Electronic submissions via email are required. Please send manuscripts to the Editor (contributions@omea-ohio.org) as a single file in WORD DOC/DOCX format. Authors should retain a digital copy to ensure against loss. If the manuscript is based on a thesis or dissertation, a full bibliographic citation of the original work should appear on the title page. Contributions to Music Education follows the NAFME JRME Code of Ethics.

    As stated in the Code of Ethics, 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 or affiliate, and The American Psychological Association.

    Evaluation Procedure

    Authors are notified on receipt of the manuscript in the Editorial Office. Three members of the editorial board, utilizing a blind review process, review submissions. The collective recommendation of the reviewers normally determines whether a manuscript will be accepted for publication. Authors may receive comments on their work and suggestions to strengthen the writing. The review process takes approximately 6-8 weeks, after which authors are notified of the editorial decision.

    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 its importance, (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.

    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 manuscript provides a comprehensive review and critique of the literature, (c) the review is coherent, (d) studies are synthesized with connections made among them, providing new insights – not merely a summary of existing studies, (e) a review of literature on this topic is available in other music education publications, (f) the manuscript is well written.
  • Abstracts & Access

    Contributions to Music Education
    Abstracts & Access

    Abstracts are available for all issues of Contributions to Music Education forward from Volume 16 (1989). Many thanks to Dr. William Bauer and his students for entering these into digital format onto the CME website. For abstracts prior to 1989, these are in preparation and will soon be available (likely by the end of 2014). In the meantime, article titles and information are available for all volumes/issues back to Volume 1 (1972). You may look for these files in the search engine, and use relative terms or exact titles and details.

    For digital access to 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. Currently digital copies are accessible from 2005, and full digitization is in progress (likely complete by 2015). Through these electronic databases, CME is available in 130+ countries internationally.

    For print copies of the journal, they can be found in libraries in 45 states in the US, and several countries abroad (including England, Scotland, Canada, Australia, and others). There are currently 200+ institutional subscribers, several 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 see the subscriptions page for further details. Further information is also available there on the publication schedule moving forward.
  • Subscriptions

    Contributions to Music Education
    Subscription Policies


    Contributions to Music Education is published once yearly and distributed to the individuals and institutions appearing on its mailing list. Recipients who pay for the one or two year subscription rates are retained in the mailing list and will receive issues of CME. Payment may be made by check via postal mail (payable to Ohio Music Education Association), or credit card (V/MC) by phone to the OMEA Business Manager. Requests for new subscriptions or change of address should be made directly to the Business Office.

    The current distribution schedule is as follows: Volume 38/2 (2011) mailed in December 2013, Volume 39 (2013) will be an expanded journal and mailed by May 2014, and Volume 40 (2015) will be mailed by May 2015. As these are expanded volumes, no issues will be published for 2012 and 2014. Volumes 38/2 and 39 will be provided to members in our subscriber database as we update our records.

    Following the completion of these issues, the journal will resume its usual publication schedule of once a year, mailed in late spring. Paid subscriptions will resume with Volume 40 (2015) and Volume 41 (2016). Payments will be accepted for these volumes beginning July 1st, 2014. For those interested in back print issues, selected copies are available. The journal is currently undergoing full digitization (likely complete by 2015), at which time all back issues will only be available through scholarly databases. In the meantime, digital access is available from 2005 through ProQuest, EBSCO, and ERIC.

    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. For a limited time, these are available for nominal shipping costs, and can be arranged through the Editor at contributions@omea.org. We want the journal in the hands of readers, so do be in touch!
    OMEA and CME appreciate your support as the journal endeavors to pursue its tradition of regular publication of music education research and scholarship. Please contact the Editor contributions@omea-ohio.org for academic or content questions, and the Business Manager business_manager@omea-ohio.org for subscription or business issues.

    Contributions to Music Education
    Subscription Details and Rates


    Mr. David Adamson, Business Manager
    Ohio Music Education Association
    Em: business_manager@omea-ohio.org
    Ph: 440-552-6983 • Fx: 440-449-8793

    Individual Subscription Rates
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    US $25 (1yr) • US $45 (2yrs)

    Institution Subscription Rates
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    US $40 (1yr) • US $70 (2yrs)