Category Archives: Research and Presentations

IMTE and AMEA Poster Sessions: Content Analysis of Exhibitors at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic: 1959–2007

The poster, embedded below, showcases some of the findings of a content analysis of exhibitors at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic from 1959–2007 completed by myself and Nathan Johnston, a fellow doctoral student in music education at Arizona State.

We were thrilled to share the poster with other music educators at both the 2013 Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) Conference and the 2013 Instrumental Music Teacher Educators (IMTE) Colloquium.

You can learn more about Nathan at his website,, or by following him on Twitter.


This study examined the relationship between music industry and music education through the classifications of exhibitors at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic from 1959 – 2007. Researchers used a sample of exhibitors at four-year intervals beginning in 1959, the first year exhibitors were included in the Midwest Program. The sample included 2,134 exhibitors participating in the event over the 48 year time frame examined. Results showed the emergence of 8 classifications of exhibitors based on existing categories. The most prominent classifications were in the areas of music publishing, music product manufacturing, and travel services. Analysis showed the most significant growth in the percentage of exhibitors at each conference to be in the area of travel services. This study highlights potentially troubling relationships between music industry and music education as the most growth in exhibitor representation has been in areas that are not directly related to classroom music instruction. This may be an indicator that travel is becoming as significant an area in which music programs spend their budgets as musical instruments and published music. Additional analysis found significant relationships between unemployment and number of exhibitors present at the event and percentage of exhibitors in the fundraising and travel services categories.

Content Analysis of Exhibitors at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic: 1959–2007

TI:ME National Conference Podcasting Presentation

Had a fantastic time in Texas discussing podcasting. Glad to see so many people enthusiastic about creating content!

Our handouts and slides from the event are embedded below. Also, if you haven’t already, check out the podcast, which I host with Dr. Brandon Houghtalen, at

Session Handout

TMEA Podcast Handout by

Session Slides

TMEA Podcast Slides by

TI:ME Conference Presentation: Website Design and Construction

I am thrilled to be able to share some of my skills in the area of web design, and specifically WordPress with other educators at the 2012 TI:ME National Conference in San Antonio.

A collection of some of the sites I’ve helped design or build is listed below.

Some of the web services I will discuss during the presentation will include:

Each of these sites can be used at no cost with some offering additional services and capabilities at a paid level.

If you have any questions about WordPress and its potential uses with your program or teaching, please contact me at emmettoleary (at) I would be thrilled to serve as a resource for you!

2013 AMEA Presentation: The Psychology of Motivation

This presentation was offered at the 2013 Arizona Music Educators Association Conference. The session discussed the underlying psychological principles that influence motivation, specifically in the music classroom.

Slides from the presentation are embedded below.

Psychology of Motivation Slides by Emmett O'Leary

2012 ATMI/CMS Technology Pre-Conference: Podcasting as a Means for Professional Development and Student Instruction in Music

This presentation was part of the 2012 ATMI/CMS Technology Pre-Conference held in San Diego, California. It explains the podcast production process and highlights potential applications of podcasting for development of music teaching skills and as a means of student instruction in the music classroom.

Emmett O’Leary, Arizona State University
Dr. Brandon Houghtalen, University of New Mexico

2012 ATMI CMS Presentation Slides by Emmett O'Leary

2012 AMEA Poster Session: A Review of Literature on Marching Band and Concert Band Repertoire Selection

This poster is from the 2012 Arizona Music Educators Association Conference Research Poster Session. Had a great experience sharing my research in the area of repertoire selection literature in the concert band and marching band areas.

Poster from the session is embedded below:

AMEA Poster 2012.pdf by Emmett O'Leary