Minutes for the Fifth Annual Meeting of the NYSSMA Research Committee
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Rochester Radisson Board Room- Rochester, NY
Committee Members in Attendance: Janice Smith, Maria Runfola, Beth Etopio, and Michael Albertson.
Others in Attendance: Richard Sang (CUNY, Queens College), Ann Deisler (Hartwick College), Dustin Woodard (Houghton College) and Jami Vanduck (Kent State University)
The meeting was called to order at 12:35pm by committee chair, Janice Smith.
Smith purchased a light lunch for all (NYSSMA does not pay for committee luncheons.)
The Research Gallery continues to grow and to be well attended. 17 posters were accepted. Two were unable to attend. We have the capacity for about 24 posters at each conference in the present setting. Smith is pleased that participation continues to grow, albeit somewhat slowly.
The call for next years Research Gallery will be send out electronically April 1 with a suggested deadline of June 15. Smith will continue to accept posters on a space available basis after the deadline.
Six research sessions were scheduled this year. Mark Campbell has offered to present his research session for the 2013 NYSSMA Winter Conference, as he was ill and unable to attend this weekend.
We need a session on validity and reliability with rubrics next year and Maria Runfola has agreed to prepare it
Mini grants that made progress – We were looking for $2000 to provide 4 grants of $500 each to pairs of teachers and researchers to do action research projects, then present at the following years’ research galleries. They would also be expected to write things up for a School Music News issue and present at a research round table. This would move several committee goals forward: 1) more teacher involvement; 2) more posters; 3) a steady stream of articles for the SMN focused on research.
Runfola suggested that research poster presenters be asked to do a research to practice connection column for SMN.
It was suggested that we do a question then do a short response in each issue of SMN with 3 -5 sources, where possible, of research that addresses a particular issue. It might be called “Research Supporting Practice.” The research committee would help assemble the sources. The first one will be the research that says minimally increasing seat time does not increase test scores. We will add this to the research website as well.
Articles for School Music News
- April due Feb. 15 Campbell and Barrett will provide
- May, June due March 15th Still needed
- September due July 15th Bernhard
- October due August 15th Still needed
- November due Sept. 15th Albertson will find some on
- Smith does December (Conference Sessions due Oct. 15) and
- January (research abstracts due Nov. 15)
Runfola suggested a state journal in research would be very relevant. Richard Sang suggests an ejournal would have minimal/no cost to NYSSMA; Smith and Runfola agree on electronic format. The format would be a once-a-year, peer reviewed journal. Contributors need not be from NYS. Smith will poll the researchers in the state and speak with the NYSSMA Board regarding this.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:10pm.
Minutes submitted by M. Albertson on December 2nd, 2012.