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Music Education: Masters Student Guide: Useful search terms

This guide is designed to assist students seeking a master's degree in music education.with finding resources for their research projects, including theses.

Keyword wordle

Useful LC Subject Headings (Descriptors) and other useful keyword terminology

Butler Libraries use: Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings/Descriptors:

Here are some useful search terms and combinations:
(LC Subject Headings are in BOLD!)

(No need to capitalize when doing online searching)


General Education

Accreditation (Education)

Accreditation -- Law and legislation

Arts -- Study and teaching -- Standards -- United States

Classroom management

Education -- Philosophy

Education -- Standards

Education, Primary

Education, Secondary -- United States

Educational surveys

Effective teaching

Formal discipline

Instruction and study

Middle school teaching

Middle schools

Multiple intelligences

Private schools

Public schools

Student teachers -- Supervision of

Student teaching

Teacher licensure & evaluation (RISE, TAP, EdTPA)

Technology and public schools

Types of Schools and School Years

Block scheduling (Education)

Charter schools

Magnet schools -- United States

Private schools

Public schools

Schedules, School

School year -- United States

Year-round schools (used for "balanced calendar" schools)

Learning approaches

Active learning

Experienntial learning

Inclusive education

Mainstreaming in education

Movement, Psychology of


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Cognition disorders in children

Cognition in adolescence

Cognition in children

Cognitive learning

Cognitive styles


Attention-deficit disordered children -- Education -- United States

Children with disabilities -- Education

Cognitive disorders in children



Hyperactive children -- Education

Learning disabled children

Learning disabled teenagers

Learning disabilities

Mainstreaming in education

Music for the developmentally disabled

Special education


Music Education

Arts -- Study and teaching -- Standards -- United States

Block scheduling and music

Children's songs

Methods (Music)

Multiple intelligences and Music

Music and technology

Music in education -- History

Music appreciation

Music education

Music -- Instruction and study -- Juvenile

Music -- Instruction and study -- Standards -- United States

Music -- Instruction and study -- United States -- History

Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics

Music teachers -- Rating of -- United States

School music -- Instruction and study

School music -- public relations

Singing schools

students and inclusion and music (string of search terms, not a true subject heading)



Mason, Lowell, 1792-1872

Music, Greek and Roman -- History and criticism

Music in education -- History

Music -- Instruction and study -- United States -- History

Music -- United States -- History and criticism

Singing schools

Tanglewood Symposium (1967: Berkshire Music Center)

People/Approaches to Music Education

Feierabend, John Martin

Gordon, Edwin, 1927-2015

Jacques-Dalcroze, Emile, 1865-1950

Kolday, Zoltan, 1882-1967

Laban, Rudolf von, 1879-1958

Lautzenheiser, Tim.

Mason, Lowell, 1792-1872

Orff, Carl, 1895-1982


Schools / Models for Music Education

Conversational Sofege (Feierabend)

Dalcroze eurythmics

First Steps in Music



Music Together  (Lili M. Levinowitz and Kenneth K. Guilmartin)



Suzuki, Shinʼichi, 1898-1998.


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