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UI School of Music receives high ranking for research activity

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An article in the Journal of Research in Music Education has ranked the University of Iowa School of Music among the top academic institutions in the country in two different measurements of productivity.

In an article titled "Researchers in Music Education/Therapy: Analysis of Publications, Citations and Retrievability of Work," Ruth V. Brittin of Syracuse University and Jayne M. Standley of Florida State University have ranked academic institutions in several different ways.

The UI scored 5th in the country in two of the rankings: music research activity as measured by combined publications by faculty in three academic journals that the authors considered "the premier research publications in the fields of music education/therapy"; and research activity measured by the number of graduate student dissertations reviewed in one of those publications, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

The other two publications considered in the study were the Journal of Research in Music Education and the Journal of Music Therapy. The study considered articles and reviews over an extensive period of many years, ending in 1992.

David Nelson, director of the UI School of Music, commented: "It's a great tribute to the research effort by our faculty in music education and music therapy. The University of Iowa has always been a leader in these areas, and this shows that we continue in a position of leadership."

Brittin and Standley's article appeared in the Spring 1997 issue of the Journal of Research in Music Education, which is the most recent issue to appear.