Call for 2015 End-of-Year Lists

December 7, 2015

December: ‘Tis the season in pop music for retrospection, inventory taking, list making, and ranking. Care to join the commentariat? How does your year in music stack up? The IASPM-US Web Editors invite members to share their 2015 end-of-year lists to be posted on the website. These lists may be fun or critical (or both), personal or political (or both), genre-specific […]

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2016 IASPM-US Call for Nominations

December 1, 2015

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US Branch (IASPM-US) seeks nominations and self-nominations to serve on the IASPM-US Board of Directors and Executive Committee. All members serve for two years, with the President serving an additional two-year term as “Past President” upon expiration of his/her term of office. The following positions are […]

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IASPM-US Interview Series: Loren Kajikawa, “Sounding Race in Rap Songs”

November 30, 2015

Mike D’Errico interviews Loren Kajikawa—Associate Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Oregon—about his recent book, Sounding Race in Rap Songs, published by the University of California Press (2015). From the publisher’s website: As one of the most influential and popular genres of the last three decades, rap has cultivated a mainstream audience and […]

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Popular Music Pedagogy: Tunesmithing History, by Michael J. Kramer

November 17, 2015

Michael J. Kramer, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and American Studies at Northwestern University, takes a novel approach to teaching Tin Pan Alley song for his US Popular Music History course. “This assignment,” he writes, “works well not because it asks students to get creative in their understanding of the past, but rather because it asks them to get […]

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IASPM-US Interview Series: Joanna Demers, “Listening through the Noise”

October 19, 2015

                Synopsis and interview by John Melillo. Listening through the Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music (Oxford, 2010) by Joanna Demers argues for a sweeping aesthetic theory of electronic music. For Demers, electronic music foreshadows the end of Western art music as we know it: this music remakes […]

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IASPM-US Interview Series Book List Addition: The Hip Hop & Obama Reader (Oxford 2015)

October 6, 2015

We have added The Hip Hop & Obama Reader (Oxford 2015)—featuring chapters by several IASPM-US members!—to our Interview Series Book List. Would you like to interview editors Travis L. Gosa and Erik Nielson about this exciting new book? Or would you like to suggest an addition to our list? Please see the Book List for instructions on contributing to the Interview Series.

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Call for Proposals: IASPM-US and Canada 2016 Annual Conference

September 29, 2015

Call for Proposals (Abstracts due December 1, 2015) International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US and Canada Branches 2016 Annual Conference Calgary, Alberta (Canada) May 28-30, 2016 L’Appel en français Wanna Be Startin’ Something: Popular Music and Agency Making and listening to music are agentive processes, involving a network of actions and transactions: […]

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Popular Music Pedagogy Series: A Cultural History of U.S. Popular Music, by Stephanie Doktor

September 24, 2015

In the newest addition to our Popular Music Pedagogy Series, Stephanie Doktor explains how she conceptualized and taught A Cultural History of U.S. Popular Music at the University of Virginia. She includes here a valuable list of pedagogical resources, as well as her course syllabus. These can be viewed below, as well as on our Pedagogy page. In the spring of 2014, I taught a […]

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Additions to the IASPM-US Interview Series Book List

September 18, 2015

The IASPM-US Interview Series features conversations with popular music scholars of recently published books. We have recently added The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism (Oxford 2015) by Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold, and Real Men Don’t Sing: Crooning in American Culture (Duke 2015) by Allison McCracken, to our Interview Series Book List. Would you like to interview one of these […]

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Popular Music Pedagogy Series: Glam, by Gregory Weinstein

September 11, 2015

In the latest installment of our Popular Music Pedagogy Series, Gregory Weinstein shares his experience teaching a course called Glam at Davidson College. He has also shared the syllabus, which is included below, as well as on our Pedagogy page. Despite its name, this course focused not on a musical genre, but rather, on an analytical perspective that can be applied across musical forms and communities. […]

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SEM 2015 Annual Meeting

August 31, 2015

The Society for Ethnomusicology is a U.S.-based organization with an international membership of over 1700 individuals dedicated to the study of all forms of music from diverse humanistic and social scientific perspectives. As a network of scholars, teachers, students, activists, and musicians that reaches across countries, disciplines, and institutions, SEM serves as a leading forum […]

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Associate Professorship or Professorship in Music, in association with a Tutorship and Official Fellowship at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

August 27, 2015

The University of Oxford, in association with Lady Margaret Hall, proposes to appoint an Associate Professor or Professor in Music with effect from 1 October 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. Deadline for applications is Monday 28 September 2015. Further information can be found here: http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/about/people/vacancies/

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Popular Music Pedagogy Series: Women Who Rock: Trendsetters, One-Hit Wonders, and the Ever-Evolving Cultural Narrative, by Donna S. Parsons

August 26, 2015

In the newest installment of our Popular Music Pedagogy Series, Donna S. Parsons explains her pedagogical approach to the seminar, Issues in Popular Music: Women Who Rock, which she teaches at the University of Iowa. She has also shared her syllabus, which is included below, as well as on our Pedagogy page. Popular music appeals to individuals across diverse demographics and generations. […]

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Call for Nominations: The Woody Guthrie Award 2015

August 15, 2015

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US Branch (IASPM-US) requests your nominations for the most distinguished English language monograph in popular music studies published during 2014. Books may be nominated by any member in good standing of IASPM, by members of the prize committee, by their authors, or by publishers. Copyrights must state 2014. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2015. […]

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Popular Music Pedagogy: Call for Syllabi

July 15, 2015

The IASPM-US Branch has a longstanding interest in scholarly dialogue and research regarding the pedagogy of popular music, particularly in college and university settings. Several issues of the Journal of Popular Music Studies have explored the topic through research articles, course syllabi, and reflective essays on pedagogical practices for learners within the K-16 spectrum (see volumes 9 [1997], 10 […]

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