What is the Music Research Nexus?

The mission of the Music Research Nexus is to connect those involved in music education/music therapy research at higher education institutions. The site offers two important services to the field: (1) the Music Research Nexus Listserv, and (2) the Music Research Nexus Bibliographic Database.

Those subscribed to the Music Research Nexus Listserv receive five important types of communications directly to their email inboxes: (1) music education/music therapy position vacancies, (2) calls for international, national, and state music education conferences (and conferences of closely related fields), (3) calls for nominations for service-related activities, (4) calls for papers, and (5) research funding/award opportunities.

The Music Research Nexus Bibliographic Database is a search tool that catalogs most of the significant peer-reviewed research journals of interest to the field of music teaching and learning.

Brian Wesolowski, Host

The Music Research Nexus is hosted by Brian Wesolowski. Brian Wesolowski is an Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music where his teaching focuses on quantitative research design, assessment and policy in music, and psychometrics. He earned his Ph.D. in music education from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Music in music education and jazz performance as well as a Master of Music Education from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. In addition, he holds a Master of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas. Dr. Wesolowski’s research interests include rater behavior, scale development, policy of educational assessment, and the cognition, action, perception, and expressiveness in improvised jazz and groove-based performances. He has worked closely with multiple state Departments of Education, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), NAfME’s Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Study, and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards on music assessment-related matters. He continues to present research papers internationally and nationally and has articles forthcoming or published in The Journal of Research in Music EducationBulletin of the Council for Research in Music EducationEducational Assessment, Research Studies in Music Education, PLOS ONEMusic Perception, The Journal of New Music Research, Musicae Scientiae, International Journal of Music Education, Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Research Perspectives in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Saxophone Symposium, Florida Music Director, and Georgia Music News. He has chapters published or forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, and Authentic Assessments for Music: The Model Cornerstone Assessment Research Project. Wesolowski currently serves as chair elect of NAfME’s Assessment Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) and serves on the editorial review committees of Music Educators Journal and the Journal of Research in Music Performance. Wesolowski is former associate band director at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs, FL, a Grammy Signature, Mark of Excellence, and National Wind Band Honors program. He has toured internationally with Natalie Cole, The Pussycat Dolls, Lalah Hathaway, Erykah Badu, and Jane Monheit, and has recorded national spots for Carnival Cruise Lines, Sandals Resorts, and Hardrock Casinos, among many others. He has studied jazz improvisation principally with George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Jim Riggs, Gary Bartz, and Don Walden and clarinet with Thomas Martin (Boston Symphony Orchestra/Boston Pops) and Kenneth Grant (Rochester Philharmonic).