Editorial Introduction: Popular Music in Education, Special Issue





Popular, Music, Education, teaching, learning, HE, University, School


This Popular Music in Education (PME) special issue includes contributions discussing developments in several countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Singapore and the United States. It covers a range of approaches, exploring technology, hermeneutics, theory, guitars, jazz, songwriting, DIY/DIWO, politics and music industry perspectives. As music institutions have increasingly opened their doors to popular music, this has inevitably led to a greater level of interest in how you teach and learn popular music. PME is presenting a louder presence within Popular Music Studies (PMS), as the ground prepared by PMS has made space for a wave of new PME courses and students to sweep through educational contexts. In the wake of such expansion, this special issue intends to promote a further understanding of pedagogical best practice. The development of PME is something that is long overdue, and that seems likely to greatly expand and enrich the frame of PMS.

Author Biographies

Lucy Green, UCL Institute of Education, UK

Professor of Music Education, Department of Culture, Communication and Media.

Don Lebler, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University

Professor of Popular and Contemporary Music

Rupert Till, University of Huddersfield

Reader in Music, Department of Music and Drama, School of Music, Humanities and Media. Director of the Popular Music Studies Research Group. IASPM UK and Ireland Branch Chair.