Pedagogy: Call for Syllabi on Topics in Popular Music

by justindburton on January 26, 2013

Popular Music Pedagogy Committee
International Association for the Study of Popular Music – U. S. Branch

As a part of an ongoing initiative offering resources for educators on the IASPM –US website, the Popular Music Pedagogy Committee of the United States Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music invites college and university instructors with teaching experience in any disciplinary area of study to submit innovative course syllabi on topics in popular music. Along with the syllabus, the instructor will submit a brief commentary (1000-1500 words) on a related pedagogical approach or issue. Accepted syllabi will be posted on the IASPM-US website.

The Pedagogy Committee aims to make a wide variety of syllabi with related commentaries accessible to those seeking guidance about teaching and learning in popular music studies. Courses may use a variety of pedagogical formats, such as broad historical or cultural surveys, performance ensembles, ethnographic studies, or issue-based discussion seminars.  Topics may include history, culture, theory, performance, genre, meaning, craft, reception, business, and social structure, among other subjects. The related discussion, which will be highlighted as a blog post on the IASPM-US website, may address any pedagogical issue related to the submitted syllabus, such as:

  • An instructional challenge of the course and solutions;
  • Ways that students have actively engaged with course content, issues, guiding questions, etc.;
  • The pedagogical aims and outcomes of a particularly valuable assignment and/or resource;
  • Ways that students apply course concepts to make music, conduct original research, plan or lead instruction as music educators, etc.;
  • How your course advances students toward departmental and/or institutional goals for building core knowledge, skills, and/or specialized training;
  • A philosophical or theoretical concern about pedagogy for popular music studies illustrated by the course.

A syllabus provides both a coherent summary of a particular topic and an engaging means for learning about it. While the Committee expects that most syllabi will have been generated from courses that have been taught, and therefore tested in the classroom, it will also consider proposed syllabi. The Committee asks that each syllabus contains the following basic elements:

  • A brief descriptive statement of the course topic and its significance to the academic development of students and the study of popular music;
  • A set of 2-3 learning goals: what students will be able to know and do as a result of the course;
  • Appropriate means of assessing and evaluating student work (journals, papers, exams, performance rubrics, projects, etc.);
  • A bibliography of appropriate readings following the standard format of your department
  • A class meeting/reading schedule for the course, outlining how the course topics, central instructional activities, and assignments will unfold over a semester;
  • The course author’s name and preferred contact information;
  • A statement of permission: I, [name, title, and affiliation], give permission to IASPM-US to publish the content of the syllabus on the IASPM-US website.

Most syllabi, with routine fonts and 1-inch margins, are approximately 3-6 pages. The brief commentary should not exceed 1000-1500 words and may include photographs or graphics. Those interested in submitting a syllabus should please e-mail the text, preferably in Microsoft Word or Rich Text, to:  iaspmus@gmail.com. The review process begins February 15, 2013.

Popular Music Pedagogy Committee, IASPM-US

Susan Oehler Herrick, Chair         Dan Cavicchi          Robert Fry         Kathryn Metz

{ 1 comment }

Mike D'Errico February 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Is this a running deadline, starting February 15? I’d like to submit a syllabus, but it won’t be ready until Mid-March.

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