What is BAMER all about?
Established in 1989 as a collaborative project between ASME and Associate Professor Robin Stevens (Research Editor of The Australian Journal of Music Education), BAMER is a database of music education research studies undertaken at Australian universities or by Australian music education researchers at overseas institutions. Currently, there are over 570 entries of ‘completed’ and ‘in progress’ research studies that include not only masters and doctoral theses and dissertations held in university libraries, but also smaller research studies such as research papers and other research reports undertaken for MEd, MMusEd and MMus degrees that are generally held only in departmental libraries or by the individual researchers concerned.
Why submit your information to BAMER?
BAMER was established to provide a resource for music educators wishing to undertake research investigations by giving them access to a specialised database of previously undertaken research studies in their field. The BAMER website presently includes a listing of
538 completed research studies and 35 'in progress' studies.
Information about these research studies may be accessed by either
downloading the PDF file or the EndNote* data file from the
menu in the next section below.
If you have recently commenced or completed a research study, please refer go to the BAMER Online Submission Pro Forma by clicking HERE or on the button
immediately below. In answering the first question, select either 'new' or 'update' on the basis on entering information on a new research study or submitting revised information, particularly in the case of updating a project from 'in progress' to 'completed.
What BAMER resources are available on this website?
The following BAMER resources are available for downloading to your computer by clicking on the highlighted text below. Please note that you must have the EndNote* program installed on your computer to access the BAMER database entries.
- An Alphabetical Listing of Entries in the BAMER Database (March 2012) This is alphabetical listing of both completed and in progress research studies listed according to author's family name.
Basic bibliographic information (author's name, title of
research study, year, award, awarding institution, etc) is
included in this listing. For abstracts, see the PDF
printout below. This webpage may be searched using the 'Find' facility available in most browsers.
- A PDF Printout from the
BAMER Database (11 May 2013 | 293 pp. | 1.65
MB) This is alphabetical listing of both completed and in
progress research studies listed according to author's family
name. Where available, abstracts have been included. This
PDF file may be searched using the 'Find' / 'Search' facility
- BAMER_completed_(11-05-2013).enl (1.02
MB) This is an EndNote Library (.enl) that will enable you to access to all of the entries of completed research studies currently held in the BAMER database. Please note that you must have the EndNote X5 Program installed on your computer. The entries in the BAMER EndNote Library are listed alphabetically according to researcher's family name.
- BAMER_Basic.ens (53 KB) This is EndNote 'output' style that includes author, year submitted, title, status ('completed' or 'in progress'), degree award, research study designation 'thesis, dissertation, etc), university or other awarding institution and state.
- BAMER_Full.ens (54 KB) This is EndNote 'output' style that includes author, year submitted, title, status ('completed' or 'in progress'), degree award, research study designation 'thesis, dissertation, etc), university or other awarding institution, supervisor(s), page length, supervisors and summary [abstract].
What other bibliographic databases for research studies in music education are available?
The Musicological Society of Australia maintains the Australia and New Zealand Postgraduate Music Research Thesis Register that includes a listing of theses in the category of 'Education and Pedagogy'. There are approximately 500 entries in this database that are mainly theses submitted for research degrees and that are held in university libraries. (Note that the BAMER database includes many of these but also includes smaller research studies that have been completed for coursework higher degrees and are frequently not held in university libraries.) The data included in the Australia and New Zealand Postgraduate Music Research Thesis Register includes the following:
Researcher’s full name
Type of Degree
Topic or Title
No. of Pages etc.
Year Completed Records of projects currently in progress include commencement date if known.
Abstract (if provided by author)
Link to electronic copy of thesis
Email Forwarding status
Link to author's website
Other relevant Link|
The other major bibliographic database for theses submitted for research degrees and held in university libraries
was the Australasian Digital Theses
program, this program was discontinued in 2011.
However, details of theses are still accessible via the awarding
institutions, via Google and via the National Library of Australia's
Trove discovery service. For further information , see
Finding Australian theses.
* EndNote is bibliographic software that is presently being made available to students—at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels—at several universities under a site licensing agreement with Thompson Reuters. For a demonstration version of this product, go to http://www.endnote.com/
The BAMER database is compiled and edited by Robin Stevens, Principal Fellow, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Faculty of the VCA and Music, University of Melbourne.