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Journal of Historical Research in Music Education

Journal of Historical Research in Music Education

eISSN: 23282525 | ISSN: 15366006 | Current volume: 45 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-annually

Founded in 1980, the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education (JHRME) is a peer-reviewed journal that is published twice annually and is the only journal focused solely on advancing research on the history of music education. It is dedicated to publishing original research on the history of music teaching and learning internationally, as well as book and media reviews. Article topics include biographical, pedagogical, curricular, and institutional studies of music education grounded in and informed by historical context. Studies of music education in both formal and informal systems, across cultures, and in all periods of history are welcomed.

The mission of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education (JHRME) is to encourage submission of high-quality historical research and bring to the readership reviews of books and media that advance knowledge in history and historiography. The journal serves to publish and disseminate studies that reflect a diverse range of topics spanning various time periods, music teaching and learning environments, and national settings. Authors draw on economic, intellectual, political, social, and cultural perspectives to deepen understanding of music education in historical context. The aim is to provide a scholarly forum that illustrates the value of professional history and historical research to the development of music in school and society.

Marie McCarthy University of Michigan, USA
Book and Media Review Editor
Alan L. Spurgeon University of Mississippi, USA
Editorial Assistant
Corinne Galligan University of Michigan, USA
Editorial Committee
Shelly Cooper University of Nebraska Omaha, USA
Patrick Freer Georgia State University, USA
Casey L. Gerber University of Oklahoma, USA
Rosemary Golding The Open University, UK
Dina Grätzer Collegium Musicum de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Wilfried Gruhn University of Music, Freiburg, Germany
Jacob Hardesty Rockford University, USA
Phillip Hash Illinois State University, USA
Sondra Wieland Howe Independent Scholar - Minnesota, USA
Bonnie S. Jacobi Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
Alexandra Kertz-Welzel Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
George McDow Liberty University, Oklahoma, USA
Paul D. Sanders The Ohio State University at Newark, USA
Rosita M. Sands Columbia College Chicago, USA
Carol Shansky Independent Scholar, New Jersey, USA
Fumiko Shiraishi Iwate University, Japan
Jane Southcott Monash University, Australia
Jill Sullivan Arizona State University, USA
Matthew D. Thibeault The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Patti Tolbert Georgia College & State University, USA
Editorial Advisors
Gordon Cox University of Reading, UK
Jere T. Humphreys Arizona State University, USA
William R. Lee University of Tennessee, USA
Melvin C. Platt University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Bruce D. Wilson University of Maryland, USA
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  • 1. The submission has not been previously published and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere, either in its entirety or in part. If a manuscript has been presented or shared in any forum, the author must provide details of the dissemination in the cover letter.

    2. The submission file is a Microsoft Word document.

    3. The manuscript is no more than 8,000 words in length (excluding footnotes). Longer articles will be considered.

    4. The text is double-spaced and uses a 12-point font and one-inch margins.

    5. Citations conform to the footnotes style of The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed., (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2017).

    6. All URL addresses in the text are activated and ready to click.

    7. Callouts for all illustrations (figures, images, tables) appear within the text of the manuscript (e.g., see Figure 1). The author indicates the proper placement of an illustration in the manuscript (e.g., <INSERT FIG. 1 HERE>). A caption is placed beneath the location of the illustration to include its source.

    8. Illustrations should be supplied with the highest quality possible. Acceptable electronic formats for figures or other art are TIFF, JPEG, EPS, Word, or Excel. Figures and images submitted in color will be converted to black and white for print but will be published in color online. Images should be production-ready, supplied at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (for .tiff or .jpeg extension) or 800 dpi (for .eps extension).

    9. Obtaining written permission for material such as figures, tables, or extensive quotes from another source is the author’s responsibility, as is the payment of any fees the copyright holder may require. Because permissions often take a considerable amount of time to be granted, authors should start the request process as soon as possible. Authors should never assume that material taken from software or downloaded from the Internet may be used without obtaining permission. Each source must be investigated on a case-by-case basis. Failure to obtain permission will result in either removal of the particular item or the article being pulled from the journal issue.

    See the Sage Manuscript Submission Guidelines for more information.


    Submission Procedures

    1. All manuscripts must be submitted online at

    2.  The author is required to set up their own user account and can initiate a new submission from there. For more information, please refer to the Author Gateway.

    3. Upload the manuscript as a Microsoft Word document.

    4. The author will be asked to supply an abstract of 150-200 words, a brief cover letter introducing the manuscript, and 4-7 keywords related to the article's content to help readers find the article through online searches.

    5. To preserve anonymity in the review process, the author’s name, address, and institutional affiliation appear only on the title page of the manuscript. If the manuscript is co-authored, the names, addresses, and institutional affiliations of all authors are included on the title page. The manuscript and the abstract should not contain clues as to the author’s identity.


    Please address inquiries to Marie McCarthy, Editor, University of Michigan,


    Selection Criteria

    Only manuscripts that meet academic standards in writing and historical methodology and are in accordance with the aims and scope of JHRME will be reviewed. The Editor and Editorial Committee will consider the following criteria, among others, in evaluating a manuscript: originality, relevance, and appropriateness of topic, framing of study in historical context; grounding in historical methodology; use of primary and secondary sources to support claims; strength of interpretation beyond descriptive narrative; organization of historical narrative; and, relevance to contemporary music education.

    Book and Media Reviews

    The Journal of Historical Research in Music Education aims to be a journal of record that enables readers to keep abreast of what is being produced in the history of music teaching and learning. The JHRME accepts both solicited and unsolicited reviews in English.

    What to Review

    Reviewed books or other media must relate clearly to the history of music teaching and learning. This is broadly conceived and includes as legitimate both the history of formal and informal music learning, music learning in the family, music learning in institutions, and biographies of music teachers or performers who taught.

    International dimensions and connections are strongly encouraged. Comparative topics, the study of social geography in music, ideas, institutions, and media that change over time or that are situated historically in their time are welcome.

    The JHRME focuses primarily on reviews of original scholarship, but reviews of translations and edited works are also encouraged. The journal reviews works outside of music teaching and learning selectively. When it is not clear to a potential reviewer that an item contributes to the history of music education, contact the Book and Media Review Editor before writing the review.

    Review Guidelines

    A critical book/media review should contain: (1) an overview of the content, (2) an evaluation, and (3) a recommendation. Reviewers should identify the usefulness of the reviewed item to the field and position it in discussions about the history of music education. The content overview should briefly describe the purpose of the book, the author’s viewpoint, and the general content. This information should be kept to a minimum. Evaluation is the heart of the review and should be given much thought.

    Review Format

    • The review should be approximately 800-1100 words in length, double-spaced. When a comparative review is submitted, the length is variable.
    • If quoting directly from the book, place a page number in parentheses after the quote.
    • If quoting from a source other than the book itself, use the appropriate format to conform to The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed., (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2017).
    • At the beginning of the review include author, title, publisher, place and date of publication, number of pages, and price. Under this citation, list the name and institutional affiliation of the authors as they want them to appear when the review is published.

    Submission Procedures

    All reviews should be submitted to the Book and Media Review Editor,

    Alan Spurgeon, University of Mississippi,

    Submit the first draft as a Microsoft Word attachment via email to the Book and Media Review Editor. Additional changes may be required of the author, who must conform to the schedule of deadlines as set by the Review Editor. The final draft will be submitted as instructed to ScholarOne. Authors will be required to set up an online account on the Sage Track system powered by ScholarOne. From their account, a new submission can be initiated.



    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent, and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.


    For more information, please refer to the Sage Manuscript Submission Guidelines.



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