Setting the Agenda: Theorizing Popular Music Education Practice The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Education. Published 21 Feb 2019: ISBN 9781350049413. Bloomsbury Academic

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The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Education draws together the most current thinking about popular music education from practical, empirical, ethnographic, sociological and philosophical perspectives. Through a series of unique chapters from authors working at the forefront of the field of music education, this book explores innovative ways in which a wide variety of international music educators approach popular music education. Through capturing various perspectives on popular music education, this book will help inform practices centered on “outside” and “other” learning to provide insight into the myriad ways in which popular music education is developed and implemented. Topics covered include:
- Conceptualising popular music education
- Learning the trade
- Originating popular music
- Popular music education in schools
- Identities in popular music education
- Formal education, creativities and assessment

Contributions from academics, teachers, and practitioners make this a truly innovative and exciting volume that presents a full picture of the area of popular music education from a variety of perspectives.

Table of contents

Foreword, Joe Bennett (Berklee College of Music, USA)
Popular Music Education: Perspectives and Practices - Introduction, Zack Moir (Edinburgh Napier University, UK), Bryan Powell (Montclair State University, USA) and Gareth Dylan Smith (Little Kids Rock, USA)

Conceptualising Popular Music Education
Setting the Agenda: Theorizing Popular Music Education Practice, Simon Zagorski-Thomas (University of West London, UK) and David Henson (University of West London, UK)


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