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Music Production Education Conference 2020 – Reflecting the Future

Posted: March 2nd, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »


Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK
Thursday 14th – Friday 15th May 2020

MPEC 2020 is the second conference for the study of Music Production & Technology pedagogy. MPEC seeks to provide a forum for the discussion and analysis of teaching and learning in music production & technology in Further and Higher Education. The conference offers a forum for lively debate and stimulating presentations that address some of the issues of contemporary music production education within the broader context of the arts sector, research and professional communities.

This second conference benefits from a partnership with the publisher Routledge. A proceedings book will be published in mid-2021 with selected chapters from the conference.


  • Sylvia Massy. Landmark producer, engineer and educator with Berklee College of Music online. “She’s the unpredictable producer and engineer known for her work with Tool, Johnny Cash, Prince, Tom Petty and the Red Hot Chili Peppers… but there’s a whole lot more to Sylvia than just music…”. Sylvia is an author and is currently writing a book on vintage microphones.
  • Professor Carola Boehm is Associate Dean (Students) in the School of Creative Arts and Engineering at Staffordshire University. Carola is a passionate advocate of interdisciplinarity & creativity, the international context, and the role that universities play in our creative sectors and communities. Carola pioneered the critical analysis of the music technology curriculum in the Higher Education sector with her highly cited paper The discipline that never was: current developments in music technology in Higher Education in Britain (2007).
  • Katie Tavini is a mastering engineer from Manchester, working in Brighton. Katie’s mastering clients have included Decca Records, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Abi Wade and Sonic Boom Six. As well as working as a mastering engineer, Katie also hosts Red Bull’s Normal Not Novelty engineering workshops, and has a monthly column in Pro Sound News Europe. She was recently shortlisted for Mastering Engineer of the Year at the Music Producers Guild Awards 2020.

Who should attend?

  • Lecturers and teachers (School, FE & HE)
  • Education Managers and Deans
  • Examination Board staff & Publishers
  • Music industry personnel
  • Researchers in music technology and music education
  • Technical support staff
  • Freelancers in industry and/or education
  • Students interested in music technology and production education

Further details of the programme of events and keynote speakers will be available shortly on the conference website: www.musicproductioneducation.co.uk  

Call for Papers & Conference Scope

The conference committee invites proposals for papers relating to the conference theme of ‘Music Production Pedagogy’. Possible topics for consideration include:

  • Pedagogical models for teaching music production theory and practice
  • Educational paradigms in music technology & production
  • Gender representation within music production education
  • Equality and diversity
  • Current music technology progression through to Higher Education
  • Production analysis and listening in education
  • Teaching creativity in music production
  • Tensions between technology and technique in teaching music production
  • Music production education and the industry: the apprenticeship model and its future in the context of Higher Education
  • Career pathways for music production graduates
  • Post Graduate provision and development
  • Government policy on Higher Education and its potential impact on Music Production degrees (e.g. TEF)
  • Student population developments and expectations
  • Future educational landscape discussions

We welcome creative approaches to paper sessions (i.e workshops, interactive presentations etc.) and we especially welcome contributions from people from underrepresented groups in FE, HE and the broader music industry. Individual presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in duration. Proposals should take the form of a title followed by an abstract of no more than 200 words. Deadline for submission is Friday 6th March 2020 and decisions will be notified around three weeks after this date.

Papers presented in full at the conference will be considered for inclusion as chapters in a forthcoming book signed to Routledge.

Proposals should be emailed to: [email protected]

Dates and Deadlines

  • 03 April 2020 – EXTENDED abstracts deadline

  • 09 April 2020 – acceptance of abstracts sent to authors (approximate date)

  • 14 May 2020 – conference opens

  • September 2020 – Chapters submitted for inclusion in Routledge book


The Music Production Education Conference 2020 will be held at Leeds Beckett University and hosted by Leeds School of Arts with collaboration from York St. John University. Music Production education has been a key part of Leeds Beckett University for nearly 23 years and for over 12 years at York St. John University.

Full venue, accommodation and travel details will be made available on the conference website shortly.

Conference Fees

Conference attendance fees are to be confirmed but will be in the region of £90 per delegate with discounts available for students.


Co-Chairs & MPEC Steering Committee:

Dr. Paul Thompson (Host Chair) – Leeds Beckett University, UK
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer – York St John University & MOTTOsound, UK
Katie Tavini – Katie Tavini Mastering & Red Bull Academy, UK.
Dr. Mark Marrington – York St John University, UK
Nick Hughes – Robert Smythe Academy, Leicester, UK 

Conference Website


Supported by: York St John University, Leeds Beckett University and Routledge/Focal Press.

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