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Special Issue on Popular Music Education

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Popular music education is a subject that is at present under-explored, despite increasing numbers of popular music courses and other educational provision. More research is needed to map out the area and engage critically with the many new challenges it is presenting. IASPM Journal, the journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, wishes to encourage further research and debate in this area, with a special issue on popular music education, for publication in 2015.

Drawing on the extensive contemporary and historical expertise of our cross-cultural membership, we invite papers that can offer insights into the processes of teaching and learning popular music. The journal is looking for a range of international perspectives from the different continents and cultures that IASPM represents. We are particularly interested in how popular music is taught and learned inside formal educational contexts, although we also accept other complementary studies.

Themes related to popular music and education can include, but are not restricted to:

  • Teaching popular music in higher education
  • Popular music and learning
  • Popular music within critical studies
  • Individual or ensemble performance
  • Popular music composition or songwriting
  • Vocational studies
  • Interactions between the music industry and education
  • Teaching and learning music technology
  • The use of music technology in education
  • Pre-school, school or further education
  • Listening
  • Educational theory, sociology and psychology
  • Gender, sexuality or identity politics
  • Public policy and politics

Please do not hesitate to email the special issue team for editorial advice regarding a particular idea for a contribution. Indeed it would be helpful if you could send an email to [email protected] by 1 March 2014 if you intend to submit a paper, with an indicative title.

Deadline for submission: 15 June 2014

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rupert Till ,Director of the Popular Music Studies Research Group, University of Huddersfield and  member of the IASPM Journal Editorial Board – [email protected]

Prof. Lucy Green, Professor of Music Education, Institute of Education, University of London – [email protected]

Dr. Don Lebler, Associate Professor, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University – Don Lebler – [email protected]

IASPM@Journal is the journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, an organization established to promote inquiry, scholarship and analysis in the area of popular music. As part of an international network the journal aims to disseminate IASPM members’ research work that is local, transnational, global and/or international.

Depending on the language used, submissions are expected to be between 5000 to 8000 words in length, keeping the Word-document size to 2 MB.

English is the official idiom but articles may also be submitted in the official language of any of its branches (adding an English abstract).

Studies may use a range of research methodologies and critical approaches. Because our open access readership is diverse and interdisciplinary, we ask our contributors to present ideas in a way that a mix of sociologists, musicologists, music critics and practitioners can understand each other.

In order to submit to IASPM@journal you must be an IASPM member and register as Author on the journal’s site: http://www.iaspmjournal.net/index.php/IASPM_Journal/user/register.

Tip: To enable document submission from your home page in the journal’s site, ensure you tick the box ‘Author’ in your online profile.

Once you are logged in, first update your profile, including the name of your institution (AFFILIATION) as well as in your BIO STATEMENT to include the idiom(s) and in which you are able to write or review. Where appropriate, add your reviewing interests as separated key concepts (avoid long lists in one line, as they are impossible to search). When registered as an author you will be able to submit content to the journal by clicking on “Author” in your “User Home” column.

Music files (mp3) and good resolution figure files (at least 300 dpi for images in gray-scale images) may be included as Supplementary Files, provided sources are acknowledged and relevant copyright clearance has been secured.

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