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Research Publications by Mary L. Cohen

In Progress:

Cohen, M. L., & Duncan, S. P. Silenced voices: Music-Making in U.S. Prisons. A book examining music in prisons. Advanced contract signed with Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Published or In Press:

  • Cohen, M. L., Kana, J., & Winemiller, R. (in press). Life within These Walls: Community Music-Making as a Bridge of Healing and Transformation in Prison Contexts. Walking the Boundaries, Bridging the Gaps: How community music engages those in the margins of society, L. Willingham, Ed. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
  • Sullivan, B., Seybert, K., & Cohen, M. (in press). Mutual displacement, mutual empathy: Making music in correctional contexts. Proposal accepted for book chapter in My Body Was Left on the Street: Music Education and Displacement. Edited by Kinh T. Vu and Andre de Quadros.
  • Cohen, M. L. (in press). Songwriting in Prisons: Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process as a Means for Positive Structured Conversations. In J. Borstel (Ed.) Critique is Creative: Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process in Theory and Action.
  • Cohen, M. L. (in press). Performing arts activities with hopes to build positive self-identity, heal harms, and broaden U.S. public’s perceptions of people inside prisons. In M. Balfour, B. Bartleet, L. Davey, J. Rynne, & H. Schippers. Performing arts in prisons. Bristol: Intellect.
  • Cohen, M. (2019). As far as the ear can hear: Choral singing in prisons grows a community of caring. In S. J. Pradarelli (Ed.), As far as the eye can see: The promises and perils of research and scholarship in the 21st century (pp. 141-148). University of Iowa Press.
  • Cohen, M. L., Silber, L. Sangiorgio, A., & Iadeluca, V. (2018). Music-making as a means to promote positive relationships. In G. Welch & G. McPherson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of music education, Second edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
  • Cohen, M. L., & Henley, J. (2018). Music-making behind bars: The many dimensions of community music in prisons. In B. Bartleet & L. Higgins (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Community Music (pp. 153-171). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Miller, P., & Cohen, M. L. (2017). “Dear Younger Me”: Writing, songwriting, and choral singing while incarcerated as a means to build identities and bridge communities. M. Reason & N. Lowe (Eds.). Applied practice: Evidence and impact in theatre, music and art (pp. 195-201). London, UK: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.
  • Cohen, M. L., & Wilson, C. (2017). Inside the fences: The processes and purposes of songwriting in an adult male U.S. prison. International Journal of Music Education, 35(4), 543-551.
  • Cohen, M. L., & Duncan, S. P. (2015). Restorative and transformative justice and its relationship to music education within and beyond prison contexts. In C. Benedict, P. Schmidt, G. Spruce, & P. Woodford (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education (pp. 554-566). NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2015). The Oakdale Community Choir: Promoting connections between incarcerated men and the community through choral singing and songwriting. Music as a Natural Resource Compendium. International Council for Caring Communities.
  • Henley, J., & Cohen, M. (2014). Constructing personal narratives around key musical events: Redefining identities and attitudes within and outside of prison music. In M. Cohen (Ed.), Listening to the world: Experiencing and connecting to the knowledge from community music. Proceedings from the 14th Community Music Activity Commission (pp. 115-123). Salvador, Brazil: International Society of Music Education.
  • Henley, J., Cohen, M., & Mota, G. (2014). Musical development and positive identity change within criminal justice settings. In G. C. Beyens, M. A. M. Ramos, E. Zipane, & T. Ophuysen (Eds.), Rethinking education: Empowering individuals with the appropriate educational tools, skills, and competencies for their active cultural, political and economic participation in society in Europe and beyond (pp. 120-149). Brussels: Access to Culture Platform.
  • Cohen, M. L., & Palidofsky, M. (2013). Changing lives: Incarcerated female youth create and perform with the Storycatchers Theatre and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. American Music, 31(3), 163-182.
  • Cohen, M. L., Duncan, S., & Anderson, K. (2013). Who needs music? Toward an overview of music programs in U.S. juvenile facilities. In D. Coffman (Ed.), Proceedings from the International Society of Music Education (ISME) 2012 Seminar of the Commission for Community Music Activity (pp. 73-79). International Society for Music Education.
  • Cohen, M. L., & Silverman, M. (2013). Personal growth through music-making: The Oakdale Prison Community Choir and homeless men in a therapeutic program in New York City. In K.K. Veblen, S.J. Messenger, M. Silverman, & D. Elliott (Eds.), Community music today (pp. 199-216). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2012a). Safe havens: The formation and practice of prison choirs in the US. In L. Cheliotis (Ed.), The arts of imprisonment: Control, resistance, and empowerment (pp. 227-234). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishers.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2012b). Writing between rehearsals: A tool for assessment and building camaraderie. Music Educators Journal, 98(3), 43-48, doi 10.1177/0027432111432524.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2012c). Harmony within the walls: Perceptions of worthiness and competence in a community prison choir. International Journal of Music Education, 30(1), 47-57. doi:10.1177/0255761411431394
  • Cohen, M. L., & Hickey, M. H. (2012). Function-based music education: A framework for facilitating musical learning and developing human relationships through analyses of two prison case studies. In L.K. Thompson & M.R. Campbell (Eds.), Situating inquiry: Expanded venues for music education research. Advances in music education book series (pp. 99-118). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Cohen, M. L., Silber, L. Sangiorgio, A., & Iadeluca, V. (2012). At-risk youth: Music-making as a means to promote positive relationships. In G. Welch & G. McPherson (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of music education (Vol. 2, pp. 185-202). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2011). In memorial: Christopher Small, with gratitude. International Journal of Community Music, 4(3), 281-284.
  • Gromko, J. E., & Cohen, M. L. (2011). Choir in prison: The relationship of psychological needs to perceptions of meaning in music. In P. Madura (Ed.), Advances in social psychology and music education research (pp. 107-114). London, UK: SEMPRE: Society for Education, Music, and Psychology Research.
  • Cohen, M. L,. & Roudabush, C. (2010). Music tech, adaptive music, and rock band 101: Engaging middle school-age students in general music class. In A. Clements (Ed.), Alternative approaches in music education: Case studies from the field (pp. 67-82). Lanham, MD: MENC in conjunction with Rowman and Littlefield Publication.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2010). Christopher Small: A biographical profile of his life. Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, 31(2), 132-150.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2010a). Editorial. Special issue of the International Journal of Community Music on Criminal Justice and Music, 3(1), 3-6.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2010b). Risk taker extraordinaire: An interview with Elvera Voth. International Journal of Community Music, 3(1), 151-156.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2010c). Select music programs and restorative practices in prisons across the US and the UK. In D. Coffman (Ed.), Harmonizing the diversity that is community music activity: Proceedings from the International Society of Music Education (ISME) 2010 Seminar of the Commission for Community Music Activity (pp. 81-86). International Society for Music Education.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2009b). Choral singing and prison inmates: Influences of singing in a prison choir. Journal of Correctional Education, 60(1), 52-65.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2009c). Conductors’ perspectives of Kansas prison choirs. International Journal of Community Music, 1(3), 319-333.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2008b). “Mother Theresa, how can I help you?” The story of Elvera Voth, Robert Shaw, and the Bethel College Benefit Sing-Along for Arts in Prison, Inc. International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, 3(1), 4-22.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2008, Summer/Autumn). People on the ground make music in the air: Community connections through choral singing. Music in the Air, 24-28.
  • Cohen, M. L. (2007a). Explorations of inmate and volunteer choral experiences in a prison-based choir. Australian Journal of Music Education, 1, 61-72.
  • Cohen, M. L. (November 2007b). Prison choirs: Studying a unique phenomenon. Choral Journal. 47-50.