IASPM-US is proud to award the David Sanjek Prize for Best Student Paper at the annual meeting for 2012 to Kathryn Ostrofsky’s “Taking Sesame to the Streets: Young Children’s Interactions with Pop Music in the Urban Classrooms of 1970s New York.” Ostrofsky is a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her paper examines the different ways that Sesame Street‘s producers, composers, and researchers hoped its music would function, and the ways that preschool and adult audiences actually responded to and interacted with the music. The prize committee found this paper to be “well-written, tightly organized, and sufficiently reasoned” and further observed that “the topic is innovative and demonstrates what popular music gains from rich historical archival work.” Our warmest congratulations to Kathryn Ostrofsky.
The David Sanjek Prize Committee for 2012 was Rebekka Farrugia (chair), Justin Burton, and Peter Schaeffer. The award was presented at the Kimmel Center of New York University during the 2012 Joint Conference of IASPM-US and the EMP Pop Conference on March 23, 2012.
This year IASPM-US named the annual student paper prize for David Sanjek. Sanjek was a long time member of IASPM, having served as President from 1995-1998. He was known above all for his enthusiastic and generous support of graduate student work. It is in memory of that spirit and of the person who embodied it that the prize has been named the David Sanjek Prize.