Notes 60.1 (2003) 227-233
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This semiannual column lists newly issued periodicals; describes their objectives, formats, and contents; and provides information about special issues, title and format changes, mergers, and cessations. All Web sites were accessed on 27 May 2003 unless otherwise specified.
Journal of Technology in Music Learning. Edited by Kimberly C. Walls. Semiannual. Vol. 1, no. 1 (spring/ summer 2001); vol. 1, no. 2 (fall/winter 2002). Subscription: Journal of Technology in Music Learning, Music & Arts Publications, 1211 Brandt Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308-5210. $27 U.S. individuals; $33 libraries and foreign. ISSN 1542-0221.
The Journal of Technology in Music Learning(JTML) is more focused than the title implies: it documents current research in the application of technology to music instruction in K-12 and higher education teacher preparation. This scholarly, peer-reviewed journal publishes original research, evaluative reviews of research, theoretical papers, commentaries on trends in technology-related music learning research, and conference proceedings. Modeled after its near relation, the Journal of Research in Music Education (from Florida State University's Center for Music Research), JTML adds a refreshing array of research methodologies (e.g., case study, observation, descriptive, qualitative) to the usual quantitative fare. Authors are mostly music education technology researchers from American universities, with contributors from community colleges and school districts. Articles averaging twenty pages include copious statistical figures, tables, and charts. Research articles have complete descriptions of methodology, reproduced instrumentation, and discussion of results and implications. Research notes up to eight pages long are detailed and accurate, and refer to appropriate sources. Articles are well written and have minimal editorial errors; many have applications beyond a music education setting.
Some recent articles assess the use of software to teach music or evaluate students (e.g., creating a sense of ensemble and reviewing student compositions); examine technology in undergraduate and graduate music education programs (e.g., electronic mentoring, Web-enhanced methods classes, and a regional survey of music education technology classes); and provide information about assistive technology devices for computer-based music instruction (required by law in schools) and effective music software interfaces for children with learning disabilities.
Conference proceedings of the National Symposium on Music Instruction Technology give lengthy summaries (up to seven pages), though some have only pre-conference abstracts. Content is similar to the articles, with additional topics on advanced applications of general- and music-specific software, interactive learning environments, cross-institutional surveys, and educational technology standards. Presentations should be listed in the table of contents for better access and to ensure inclusion in periodical indexes. The journal also announces other music technology conferences (e.g., the Association for Technology in Music Instruction).
Many music education technologists have carved a niche in the broader field of music technology. While JTML is by and for music educators, as it matures it may be appropriate to widen its scope to include the broader higher-education curriculum and other musical disciplines. [End Page 227]
Journal of Texas Music History (JTMH). Center for Texas Music History, Southwest Texas State University. Edited by Kathryn Ledbetter. Vol. 1, nos. 1 (spring 2001) and 2 (fall 2001); vol. 2, nos. 1 (spring 2002) and 2 (fall 2002). Semiannual. Subscription: SWT Department of History, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666. Vol. 1, nos. 1 and 2 available as PDF at http://www.history.swt.edu/Music/journal_PDF_pages.htm. $10 North America; $15 outside of North America. ISSN: 1535-7104.
Besides Vermont and Hawaii, Texas is the only state in the United States that was once a nation. A "perceived difference between Texas culture and the popular culture of the nation was essential to how music in Texas was promoted, categorized, and talked about by people both inside and outside the state.... Many of the influences shaping the sound, symbolism and the economy of Texas music are not from Texas" (Karl Hagstrom Miller, JTMH 1, no. 2: 7). In turn, Texas's influences are broad, extending through the South and West, and serving as the root of other musical movements, particularly jazz and popular music. Southwest Texas State University's Center for Texas...