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date: 18 January 2020

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This chapter summarizes and compares standard qualitative analysis software (often referred to as Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDAS)) that might be used in research supporting music teaching and learning.  After reviewing the historical development of such software,  an overall description is provided and guidelines established for its use.  A comparison of seven standard titles is provided that includes details regarding operating system support (Windows/Mac), cost, and basic functionality.  The strengths of each QDAS package is highlighted and examples are provided on how the software has been employed by music education researchers to date.  Reasons to use or not to use such packages are suggested.   A case is provided for more extensive use of QDAS in the music education research community.

Keywords: qualitative analysis software, fuzzy search, discourse analysis, coding video, coding audio, coding text, discourse analysis, multidimensional scaling, heatmaps, visualization tools

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