Dear readers of b:em,

bulletin of empirical music education research (b:em) is an international, bilingual online journal dedicated to both quantitative and qualitative studies in empirical music education research. It relates to a wide range of issues regarding the learning and teaching of music.

b:em follows a blind peer review procedure. It is an open access journal, so all articles are available free of charge.

Submission: You can submit articles for b-em at any time of the year. The articles will be published online as soon as the review process has been completed. Please submit your contribution by using our online-form. Thank you!


Focus and Scope

Bulletin of empirical music education research is an international open access online journal. Dedicated to empirical studies of both qualitative and quantitative nature bulletin of empirical music education research offers an international platform for a broad discourse on questions in the whole field of music pedagogy. b:em addresses readers and researchers especially in German speaking countries in order to initiate networking and communication on questions, approaches and results in their music education research. But it also encourages researchers in other European countries and beyond to report their results and share their expertise. The bilingual contributions represent the current methodical and methodological state of affairs in music educational research. In order to measure up to the contemporary practices of empirical methodology b:em offers audio- and audiovisual attachments to the articles as documentation of results and stimuli used in a study.

In this respect, bulletin of empirical music education research advances scholarly thought and reforms the practice and pedagogy of music teaching in school, in instrumental lessons and other, informal music learning contexts.

Until 2012, the first issues are going to be supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation).

Peer Review Process

The journal follows a blind peer review procedure carried out by an international editorial board researching empirically in the field of music education and musicology.

All contributions will be reviewed anonymously either by two members of the editorial board or by experts asked by the editorial board because of their professional expertise. According to transparent criteria of good scientific practise the reviewers reply to the editorial office in terms of acceptance or rejection of the paper proposal, respectively suggest possible revisions.

Open Access Policy

All articles can be accessed online and free of charge without legal or technical barriers. In this respect, b:em is part of the open access initiative, which makes an effort to distribute scholarly literature without such barriers.

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Jens Knigge (Musikhochschule Lübeck / NORD University, Campus Levanger, Norway)

Valerie Krupp-Schleußner (Hochschule für Musik Mainz, JGU Mainz)

Andreas Lehmann-Wermser (Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover)

Lina Oravec (Universität Koblenz)


With regard to the topics, bulletin of empirical music education research (b:em) comprises articles related to the wide range of issues regarding the empirical research on learning and teaching of music. Thus, studies on classroom research and studies on other fields of music at school as well as articles on non-formal or informal music learning and teaching processes will be published. Particularly reports on musical instrument lessons are welcome as the significance of this musical learning context - not only with regard to cooperation projects at all-day schools, but also with regard to the concept of life long learning - will grow rapidly. Furthermore, results from interdisciplinary projects, in which music pedagogy and learning plays a role, will be included.

Besides individual contributions, bulletin of empirical music education research (b:em) will initiate a direct thematic exchange via special issues. In addition, reviews on recently released studies und music educational issues can be accessed.

In addition to empirical papers in a narrow sense b:em offers a special section for documents and documentations that are relevant to the scientific empirical discourse in music education.

Editorial board

Editorial board:

The editorial board consists of researchers in Europe studying empirically in the field of music education and musicology. They represent a wide range of qualitative and quantitative approaches to these fields of research, demonstrate a high methodological awareness and stand out through their own research projects and publications.


Members of the editorial board:

Prof. Dr. Noraldine Bailer (Universität Wien / Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Prof. Dr. Veronika Busch (Universität Bremen)

Prof. Dr. Eva Georgii-Hemming (Universität Örebro)

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Kranefeld (Universität Bielefeld)

Prof. Dr. Armin Langer (Mozarteum Salzburg, Abt. Innsbruck)

Prof. Dr. Anne Niessen (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln)

Prof. Dr. Maria Spychiger (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt / Universität Fribourg)

Olle Zanden, PhD (Linnaeus University, Växjö)



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Bulletin of Empirical Music Education Research is supported by the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media.

Until 2012, the publication od the first issues were supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation).