May 31, 2020 marked Linda’s official retirement from Indiana University and as Secretary for the Philosophy of Music Education Review. Since 2001, she has taken care of many important matters concerning the journal. Her administrative acumen and keen editorial eye will be sorely missed. Members of our Board of Editorial Consultants and contributors to this journal who have corresponded with Linda know how helpful she has been over the years.  Linda completed her Bachelor of Science (Environmental Conservation) degree in 1979 and joined the staff of Indiana University in 1985 after initial not-for-profit administrative positions elsewhere.  In 1988, she was appointed as personal secretary to Herman B. Wells, University Chancellor of Indiana University. In August, 2001, following Wells’ passing and the closing of his estate, Linda joined the Music Education Department of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she served as Administrative Secretary, Secretary for the Philosophy of Music Education Review, and Editor of the Indiana Directory of Music Teachers. For those who wish to express congratulations and thanks to Linda, she may be reached at


We are pleased to welcome J. Paul Louth to our editorial staff as Technical Review Editor of the Philosophy of Music Education Review. In this capacity, he has assumed responsibility for the initial review of journal submissions with respect to matters of form and style and preliminary content review.  Paul is Associate Professor of Music Education at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education research, methods, and foundations. He earned bachelor’s degrees in music performance and education, both from the University of Toronto, and he holds M.Mus. and Ph.D. degrees in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario (now Western University). An active composer and former professional trombonist, teacher, and clinician, his own philosophical research focuses on intersections among critical theory, sociology, economics, and music education. He has been a member of ISPME since 2003 and has made several contributions to PMER during that time, as well as having published two book chapters and numerous articles in other journals. For the past eight years, Paul has worked on the editorial board of Contributions to Music Education. He presently serves on the Research Committee for the Ohio Music Education Association and as Chair-Elect of the NAfME Special Research Interest Group for Philosophy.