International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 8 Number 6

July 12, 2007

Software Development as Music Education Research

Andrew R. Brown
Queensland University of Technology

Citation: Brown, Andrew R. (2007). Software development as music education research. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 8(6). Retrieved [date] from

This paper discusses how software development can be used as a method for music education research. It explains how software development can externalize ideas, stimulate action and reflection, and provide evidence to support the educative value of new software-based experiences. Parallels between the interactive software development process and established research methods are drawn, with particular focus on action research, case study, and activity theory. A new approach to arts educational research called Software Development as Research (SoDaR) is proposed. The paper includes examples from the author's use of this approach when developing the jam2jam software to facilitate networked music improvisation experiences for young children.

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