Research & Development


The mission of the CMAIE is to develop and implement rigorous standards of evaluation and research practices in schools and arts learning organizations in order to inform and guide program development that contributes significantly to a better understanding of music and the arts’ contributions to 21st century education.


Established in 1998 as a research center housed at the New England Conservatory, the CMAIE has, since 2011, operated, with the same leadership from Dr. Lawrence Scripp, as an independent 501(c)(3) (non profit) organization established in New York State with operational headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.  Its original purpose was to support and guide laboratory school programs in the greater Boston area.  As it evolved, the CMAIE has become the principal organizer for research, documentation, and assessment for a national laboratory school network, with continuous funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Almost two decades of CMAIE research findings and publications point to the following long-term goal: to provide research-based, innovative music and arts-in-education practices that will serve as a foundation for a designated laboratory school program in every U.S. school district.

Purposes and Functions of the CMAIE

These laboratory schools will model fully-accountable, comprehensive, standards-based, Music PLUS Music Integration (M+MI) and Arts PLUS Arts Integration (A+AI) programs that maximize the potential of every child to learn in and through the arts.  The CMAIE will develop rigorous standards of documentation and analysis of program outcomes.  In doing so, we intend to advance the formulation of policies that support music and the arts’ contributions to excellence in school performance and that further a positive school culture.

The Work of the CMAIE

At the national and international level, the CMAIE will:

  • Provide criteria and quality for action research and experimental research-based program design and development of M+MI/A+AI laboratory school programs
  • Collect evidence of generative program outcomes and products through assessment methods shared across laboratory school networks.
  • Provide oversight of research and development aspects of publications and materials needed for dissemination beyond laboratory school work.
  • Conduct basic and applied research studies on behalf of school partnerships that continue to advance music and arts-in-education teaching and learning practices beyond the scope of conventional music programs of the past.

At the U.S. local site partnership level, the CMAIE will:

  • Provide criteria and quality for internal research-based program design and implementation.
  • Monitor and supply ongoing evaluation of internal program outcomes and products with respect to the mission of music and arts-in-education.
  • Provide a process for scale out dissemination of internal program materials and practices into external networks.

When useful and appropriate, the CMAIE as a research partner will call on outside experts or organizations to validate, re-analyze, and/or replicate studies initially conducted at all local sites.

Operational or Programmatic Agenda of the CMAIE

Field Research:

  • Devise strategies for dissemination in other laboratory school centers: Guided Internships, M+MI program development, Digital Portfolios, Music Learning Leadership Profession Learning, Guided Practice Consultants, and school and research publications.

Research-Based Program Evaluation:

  • Provide Research design
  • Provide data collection, documentation, and assessment methods
  • Adapt and create situated assessment instruments, testing methods, and training
  • Provide comprehensive data analysis and technical reports

Funded Research & Evaluation Studies:

  • Basic or applied research projects administered by CMAIE that are situated in laboratory school networks
  • Collaborative Research Projects: Creating intellectual capital through think-tanks, collaborative research agenda; colleagues, advisory councils, etc.

Dissemination of Research–Based Practices that:

  • Provide Guided Practice Consultant Teams for program development and dissemination of research-based practices
  • Offer Professional learning programs
  • Convene Research conferences
  • Disseminate materials, findings, professional learning materials and publications, web-based products