Policy Writing in Music Education


Colleen M. Conway, University of Michigan


Suzanne Burton, University of Delaware


Mitchell Robinson, Michigan State University


Patrick Schmidt, University of Western Ontario


Ann Marie Stanley, Eastman School of Music



This panel discussion will be led by Arts Education Policy Review Editor Colleen Conway from the University of Michigan and will include input from the music editors on the AEPR board including: Suzanne Burton from the University of Delaware, Mitchell Robinson from Michigan State University, Patrick Schmidt from the University of Western Ontario, and Ann Marie Stanley from the Eastman School of Music. It connects with the work of the Policy ASPA.


The presentation will be framed within “Writing for Arts Education Policy Review” (Chappell, Costantino, Musil, & Scripp, 2013) and will address the rationale for a policy piece, proper use of sources and citations, various lenses for policy writing, stakeholders and reader audiences to consider, connecting to broader arts policy issues, use of evidence for claims, and ways to represent recommendations and implications. Presenters will also offer suggestions for music teacher education policy issues needing attention through policy research and scholarship.


Session participants will be invited to bring their music teacher education policy writing questions to the panel.




Chappell, S., Costantino, T., Musil, P., & Scripp, L. (2013). Writing for Arts Education Policy Review. Arts Education Policy Review, 115(1), 3-6.