The aims of this work have been to identify the main journals with the highest scientific production of Spanish authorship on music education, to establish a ranking of the most cited articles and Spanish authors with the highest number of scientific contributions and to determine the most researched trends in music education over time in Spain. For the configuration of the sample, all articles by Spanish authors published in the WoS and Scopus databases (peer-reviewed) from 1978 to 2022 were selected. The final sample reached 1001 articles, 1372 authors and 293 journals. The analysis of the information was based on productivity and dispersion indicators (Price’s, Bradford’s and Lotka’s bibliometric laws), impact indicators (JIF, H index) and collaboration, scientific mapping and the multivariate technique of multiple correspondence factor analysis. The results reveal an annual growth rate of music research by Spanish authors of 11.96 %, with higher growth starting 2000, which becomes exponential since 2010. An asymmetrical productivity was found in both journals and authors, with many articles being concentrated in a small group of journals and authors. It was also observed that the most relevant research trends in music education until 2022 were related to: methodology, teacher training, technology, creativity, innovation, performance, emotions, music therapy, interculturality and inclusive education.

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Author Biography

Gregorio Vicente-Nicolás. He has the qualifications of diploma in General Basic Education, conservatory teacher (percussion specialism), licentiate degree in Musicology, and doctorate in Pedagogy (European mention) from the Universidad de Murcia. He is currently associate professor in the Area of Didactics of Musical Expression at the Universidad de Murcia and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Faculty of Education. His research interests centre on two interrelated lines: (1) music and movement and (2) music education. Both lines include various articles, book chapters, innovation and research projects, and supervising doctoral theses, as well as conference papers, and lectures at different universities in Spain and in countries such as Japan, Finland, and India.


Judith Sánchez-Marroquí. Early-childhood education teacher, licentiate degree in Educational Psychology (end of degree prize), professional degree in Music (guitar speciality), and doctorate from the Universidad de Murcia. Her main research interests are music in early-childhood education and music and didactic resources. She currently works at a public early-childhood education centre, where she is also a music teacher. She has published works in journals specialising in music education such as Music Education Research and the British Journal of Music Education.


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