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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Music 533: Music Education Resources: Journal Articles

Resources for Music Education students


  • Journal articles offer detailed looks at very specific topics. 
  • Journal databases (or indexes) allow you to search across hundreds of journals.
  • These databases include journals beyond those held at Illinois. While many articles are available online or available in print in our libraries, those that are not can be requested through InterLibrary Loan (see "Getting full text" tab.)
  • Articles can be scholarly or popular. For how to tell the difference, select the "Is it Scholarly" tab.
  • How do you read an article citation to understand what you're looking for? Select the "Reading citations" tab.

Other Resources

There are many general education journals and resources that may be of use to you.

Journal Databases

These journal databases are the best starting point for finding articles relating to music education.


These are several of the journals available concerning music education. They are indexed in some or all of the databases listed above and may have content available online. If not available online, they can be accessed in print in the Music and Performing Arts Library and found by searching the library catalog.

  • Australian Journal of Music Education. 1969 –
  • British Journal of Music Education. 1984 –
  • The Bulletin of Historical Research in Music Education. 1980 –
  • Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. 1963 –  (shelved under "C")
  • Canadian Music Educator. 1959 –
  • Contributions to Music Education. 1972 –
  • International Journal of Music Education. 1983 –
  • Journal of Research in Music Education. 1953 –
  • Kodaly Envoy. 1981 –
  • Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education. 1989 –
  • Music in Early Childhood. 1991 –
  • Music Educator’s Journal [MENC]. 1934 –
  • Orff Echo. 1968 –
  • The Quarterly Journal of Music Education. 1990 –
  • Southeastern Journal of Music Education. 1989 –
  • Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. 1982 –

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