Music Education Department hosts symposium on popular music

The Department of Music Education is hosting a four-day forum for interdisciplinary discourse that will focus on “Teaching and Learning Popular Music.”

Following in the footsteps of similar music education events held at U-M in 1978, 1979, and 1981, the forum, titled Ann Arbor Symposium IV, will examine the teaching and learning of popular music in elementary, secondary, and tertiary education. It takes place Nov. 18-21 at Pierpont Commons on the North Campus of the University of Michigan.

The primary goal of the symposium is to examine how popular music and culture influences the ways we perform, create, analyze, listen to, and think about music in teaching and learning contexts, especially embracing intersections between the disciplines.

In addition to a number of spoken papers and collaborative sessions, the symposium will feature five notable guest speakers:

Lori Burns from the University of Ottawa, discussing Popular Music Video Analysis: Genre, Discourse, and Narrative in Music, Words, and Images

John Covach of the University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music discussing High Brow, Low Brow, Not Now, Know How: Music Curricula in a Flat World

Lauri Vakeva from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki, discussing The Politics in Teaching Popular Music: A Rancierian View

Jacqueline Warwick of Dalhousie University discussing Child’s Play: Mimicry, Nostalgia, and Child Musicians

Ruth Wright of Western University discussing The long revolution and popular music education: or can popular music education change society? 

Symposium IV will also introduce the Michael L. Mark Music Research Award, which honors Mark’s (MM ’62) contributions to music education. The award, to be based on a recent research paper, is intended for scholars who have received their terminal degree within the past five years. It will be presented in a special session at the culmination of Symposium IV and the winner will receive $1,000.