Progressive Methods in Popular Music Education

June 8 - 9, 2018

This new symposium provided 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 was 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

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

Many teachers joined us for a day of hands-on workshops led by Little Kids Rock/Modern Band and Musical Futures. Workshops were designed to provide teachers 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

Learn more about Little Kids Rock here:

Keynote Speaker Dr. Henry Giroux

girouxIn conjunction with MayDay Group Colloquium 30, we were pleased to host Dr. Henry Giroux, renowned educator, critical theorist and critical pedagogue, as a 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 were also pleased to host Dr. Susan O'Neill, Professor and Associate Dean, Academic and Research in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University who delivered the Friday Keynote for the Progressive Methods in Music Education Symposium. Her talk was titled, "Disrupting the Boundaries in Popular Music Education."

Keynote Speaker Dr. Andrea Creech

creechWe were pleased to host Dr. Andrea Creech, Professor of Didactique Instrumentale at the Faculty of Music, Université Laval, and Canada Research Chair in music in community, who served as the Saturday Keynote for the Progressive Methods in Popular Music Education Symposium. Her talk was titled "Critical Reflections on Progressive Methods in Music Education."



A special issue of the Journal of Popular Music Education will host the papers from the Progressive Methods in Popular Music Education Symposium. Paper submissions are welcomed within and around the symposium themes below:
Diversity and Inclusion, Music education and popular music employment, & Popular music, culture and society

Scholarship from and across all relevant research methods and disciplines is welcome. Please submit manuscripts of between 6,000 and 8,000 words (double-spaced, Times New Roman, font size 12, including references) by December 1, 2018 for the attention of guest editors Ruth Wright, Susan O’Neill and Patrick Schmidt via the JPME website. Please refer to JPME submission guidelines and Intellect style guide when preparing a submission.

Less traditional format submissions are also welcomed for the perspectives and practices section of the journal.

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