Progressive Methods in Popular Music Education

June 8 - 9, 2018

This new symposium will provide a forum for Canadian and international teachers, musicians and scholars to gather in a process of knowledge exchange and discussion, leading to identification of future research areas and practice development around the use of popular music and associated pedagogies in music education. The symposium will be organized according to three strands: Diversity & Inclusion, Practice, and Culture & Society.

Coordinator: Ruth Wright

One-day Teacher Workshop Pass

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Talbot College, Western University
Registration Fee: $35 (to cover lunch and coffee breaks)

Western is excited to offer a one-day Teacher Workshop Pass to the Progressive Methods in Popular Music Education Symposium.

Join us for a day of hands-on workshops led by Little Kids Rock/Modern Band and Musical Futures. Workshops are designed to provide you with the tools, resources, and network to successfully run an inclusive, culturally responsive school-based music program that utilizes popular music as its central repertoire. Styles studied include Rock, Pop, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Rhythm & Blues, Electronic Production, and other contemporary styles.

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Teaching Guitar and Ukulele in the Modern Band Classroom
*Bring your uke and/or guitar if you have one! We will have extras available.
10:30 - 10:50 a.m. BREAK
10:50 - 11:50 a.m. Musical Futures workshop
11:50 - 12:15 p.m. BREAK
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Andrea Creech Keynote Presentation (open to all attendees)
1:15 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch (provided with registration)
1:50 - 3:20 p.m. Teaching Keyboard, Drums, and Bass in the Modern Band Classroom
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Progressive Methods in Popular Music Education Panel - Andrea Creech,
Maud Hickey, Jennifer Lang, Susan O'Neill, Gareth Dylan Smith

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Keynote Speaker Dr. Henry Giroux

girouxIn conjunction with MayDay Group Colloquium 30, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Henry Giroux, renowned educator, critical theorist and critical pedagogue, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Susan O'Neill

oneillWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Susan O'Neill, Professor and Associate Dean, Academic and Research in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University will give the Friday Keynote for the Progressive Methods in Music Education Symposium. Her talk will be titled, "Disrupting the Boundaries in Popular Music Education."

Keynote Speaker Dr. Andrea Creech

creechWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Andrea Creech, Professor of Didactique Instrumentale at the Faculty of Music, Université Laval, and Canada Research Chair in music in community, will give the Saturday Keynote for the Progressive Methods in Popular Music Education Symposium. Her talk will be titled "Critical Reflections on Progressive Methods in Music Education."

Conference Registration

Conference Registration is now closed.
One-day Teacher Workshop Registration will remain open until June 9, 2018.

$240 CAD ($180 USD) for non-students
$97 CAD ($70 USD) for grad students
$35 CAD for one-day teacher pass

Note: Registration for the Progressive Methods in Popular Music Education conference allows participants to attend sessions in the Mayday Symposium.

Conference Accommodation

We are offering two accommodation choices for the conference. The first is a hotel in central London, a 5 to 10 minute drive to the Don Wright Faculty of Music and the conference site (a shuttle service will be offered twice a day). The second are on campus accommodations, a 5 to 10 minute walk to the Don Wright Faculty of Music and the conference site. Details about options within the on campus accommodations are found below.

242 Pall Mall Street, London ON
N6A 5P6
519 642-4444

Accommodation Rates with breakfast are $128 CAD. We have a limited number of 40 rooms reserved at this rate. Please make your reservation as soon as possible.

On Campus:
1200 Western Road, London ON
N6G 5E3
1 888 661-3545

Accommodation Rates with Breakfast:

Semi-Private Suite Shared Accommodation - $66.00 CAD per person per night
Single Private Suite Accommodation - $82.00 CAD per night

Semi-Private Accommodation features four lockable bedrooms and two shared bathrooms between one, two or four people.

  • 150 beds

Single Private Suite Accommodation features single, lockable bedrooms and can be rented privately. Suites are equipped with two bathrooms, a small living room area, and kitchenette with a stove-top range, microwave, sink and refrigerator

  • 50 beds


mayday group buttonThis symposium is scheduled to coincide with the MayDay Group Colloquium 30, June 6 - 9, hosted this year by the Don Wright Faculty of Music.