Welcome to the Popular Music Education Research Centre PMERC @ ICMP.

Popular Music Education Research Centre: PMERC

PMERC is the hub for research and scholarship at ICMP. It plays a vital role in helping to achieve ICMP’s mission to shape the future of music. PMERC’s work intersects with all ICMP’s programmes and courses across performance, songwriting, creativity musicianship, music business and production. Through actively engaging lecturers with current research, thinking and practice in relevant fields, ICMP is able to pass this knowledge and understanding on to students to prepare them for careers and postgraduate study.


PMERC staff members are at the forefront of scholarship and practice in popular music education. They hold leadership positions at the Association for Popular Music Education, Punk Scholars Network, and the International Society for Music Education, and serve on editorial and review boards for journals including Journal of Popular Music Education, Psychology of Music, Performance Science, Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, Punk & Post-Punk, and British Journal of Music Education. Our staff publish monographs and edited books, journal articles, and other outputs, while being engaged in music performance and recording at the highest levels. Read more about PMERC staff


ICMP is the home of the Journal of Popular Music Education, the world’s only peer-reviewed publication dedicated to scholarship on education in and on contemporary commercial music.

 The Journal of Popular Music Education seeks to define, delimit, debunk, disseminate, and disrupt practice and discourse in and around popular music education. Popular music education takes place at the intersections of identity realization, learning, teaching, enculturation, entrepreneurship, creativity, a global multimedia industry, and innumerable instances of music making as leisure. Through drawing together diverse, rigorous scholarship concerning learning in, through and about popular music worldwide, JPME seeks to identify, probe and problematize key issues in this vibrant, evolving field.


From 11th to 14th June 2017 ICMP and PMERC will host the 10th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education. We look forward to welcoming presenters and scholars from around the world to discuss key issues at the heart of music education. The organising committee is comprised of Gareth Dylan Smith, Clare Hall (Monash University, Australia), David G. Hebert (Bergen University College, Norway) and Danielle Sirek (University of Windsor, Canada).

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