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Editorial & Table of Contents - Volume 1 (2007)

Editor's Inaugural Comments

I have the distinct pleasure to serve as the Editor for the new refereed online research journal, along with my esteemed colleagues on the music education faculty at the University of South Florida as Executive Board members (Lynne Gackle, Jack Heller, Janet L. S. Moore, Carlos Xavier Rodriguez, and David A. Williams). Appreciation is due to Melissa Slawsky, who serves as the Business Manager for this journal, Jessica Vernick, who designed the MERI logo, Lisa Lehmberg, who designed the journal cover, and the technology systems staff of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, where this journal resides. This journal maintains a high scholarly standard in the field of music education with the capacity to incorporate media-rich elements such as color pictures, audio excerpts, and video excerpts.

This inaugural issue contains the keynote addresses of the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium held on February 1-3, 2007 by Bennett Reimer, John B. Hylton, and Margaret S. Barrett, in order of appearance in the program. The theme of the Symposium was Comprehensive Music Education in the Contemporary World. This issue of the journal also contains highlights of the invited speeches by Donald Hodges, Janet L. S. Moore, and Margaret Griffin as well as the concluding panel discussion by the three keynote speakers facilitated by Carlos Xavier Rodriguez, transcribed by Julie Troum, and authenticated by the presenters. I would like to thank all who contributed their insights into the Symposium theme.

As stated in the aims and scope section, this journal aims to disseminate recent research that contributes to global views of music education. In this context, "global" contains two different meanings. First, a global view pertains to various peoples, musics, theories, practices, or activities in music education worldwide. It cuts across geographic, cultural, political, and international boundaries. Second, a global view is a comprehensive view in music education. It refers to a broad definition of music education, in all settings (e.g., community, home, school, individual, group), at all age levels from prenatal through the entire lifespan, and with regard to all aspects of music teaching, learning, enculturation, and acculturation. I hope that readers will find new insights and stimulations in this issue and all future issues of the journal.

C. Victor Fung
Editor, Music Education Research International

Table of Contents:

Bennett Reimer
Comprehensive education, comprehensive music education: A new vision (pp. 1-12)

John B. Hylton
Fifty years of comprehensive music education: Is it déja vu all over again? (pp. 13-24)

Margaret S. Barrett
"Surface and depth": Generative tensions for a "comprehensive" view of music education (pp. 25-41)

Donald Hodges
The significance of music in the contemporary world (pp. 42-47)

Janet L. S. Moore & Margaret Griffin
Professional development for music educators (pp. 48-54)

Margaret S. Barrett, John B. Hylton, & Bennett Reimer, introduction by Carlos Xavier Rodriguez, transcription by Julie Troum
Audio transcription of concluding panel of the 2007 Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium "Comprehensive Music Education in the Contemporary World": Recommendations for comprehensive musical understandings (pp. 55-64)