Call for Papers

Journal of Music, Technology and Education

Special issue on Technology and Performance in Popular Music Education

Guest editors: Gareth Dylan Smith and Bryan Powell

As guitars, drums and microphones gain increasing acceptance in school music curricula around the world through performance-based pedagogical models such as those popularised by Little Kids Rock and Musical Futures, turntablism, music production and rapping also work their way into programmes from primary school to and graduate level progammes. Songwriting courses and rock camps sprout up in summer schools, while children and young people write, produce and release multi-media popular music artefacts from their bedrooms and basements. Popular music has always relied on, grown through, and pushed innovation in technology. With students embracing change faster than many teachers can imagine relevant pedagogical approaches, new paradigms of performance are emerging: drummers become musical directors at the helm of a plethora of technologies, bassists play synthesizers as much as guitars, and front-people are masters of Ableton, loop pedals and computerized gloves. As performance and production skill sets thus diversify and converge, so other technologies democratize the music-making landscape.

The domains of technologically mediated popular music performance in educational contexts require the attention of critical scholars and actions researchers. This special issue of JMTE invites colleagues to submit papers including, but not be limited to, critical perspectives on the following:

  • Epistemologies and intersectionality in technology and popular music performance;
  • Music, technology and the liminal popular music performance classroom space;
  • Negotiating performance, (social) media and intellectual property in popular music performance;
  • Gender and technology in popular music performance;
  • Ethics and technologically mediated pro-sumption of popular music.

Please submit full papers of between 5,000 and 7,000 words to: by 1 May 2015.

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