“Something’s Happening Here!”

Popular Music Education in the United States

Bryan Powell
Association for Popular Music Education Amp Up NYC
Author
Andrew Krikun
Bergen Community College
Author
Joseph Michael Pignato
State University of New York at Oneonta
Author

Although the number of opportunities to learn popular music in the United States continues to grow, popular music education (PME) programs remain exceptional at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of institutionalized music education. This article provides insight into the unique characteristics of a number of PME initiatives currently operating in the United States. A historical background is established to provide context regarding the history of PME in the United States. Additionally, a focus on an expanding landscape for American PME is included, as is an examination of six specific initiatives that are particularly noteworthy. This review of popular music programs, initiatives, and institutions illustrates the rapid proliferation of PME programs in the United States that has occurred in the twenty-first century. As this brief snapshot of American institutions and organizations demonstrates, PME in the United States is alive with possibilities and promise.

Journal IASPM Journal
Year 2015
Volume 5
Issue 1
Pages 4-22

Powell, Bryan; Krikun, Andrew; Pignato, Joseph Michael (2015) “Something’s Happening Here!”: Popular Music Education in the United States. In: IASPM Journal: International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 4-22. Available at http://openmusiclibrary.org/article/5329/.

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