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date: 03 March 2021

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For music and music education researchers, notions of what constitutes scholarship, or creative activity, are too often contentious and confusing. Questions have come from colleagues outside of music as to what forms of activity “count” as research, and queries regarding the boundaries between research, teaching, and service. For qualitative scholars in music education, these challenges have come from both outside the discipline and from within, as colleagues who hold different assumptions about the nature and structure of research in music education have questioned the very tenets of qualitative inquiry. The purpose of this chapter is to examine the issues surrounding the publication enterprise in music education, with particular attention to the dissemination of scholarship to the multiple constituent audiences. The first section will discuss the issue of finding and developing a scholarly “voice,” and suggest new forms of delivering and presenting research findings. The second section will address how authors can choose the appropriate venues to present their work and make the case for a broader conceptualization of what constitutes the dissemination of scholarly work. The chapter will conclude with a discussion of ethical considerations in respect to the publication of qualitative work.

Keywords: scholarship, creative activity, publication, dissemination, venues, voice, ethics, peer review

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