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Chair of the Popular Music Education SIG
Gareth Dylan Smith is Manager of Program Effectiveness at Little Kids Rock, and VisitingResearch Professor at New York University. He is at the forefront of research in popular music education, serving as Editor for Journal of Popular Music Education and The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Music Education (2017), with numerous journal articles and book chapters published in the field. Gareth is a drummer and a long-time musical collaborator with other rockers, punks, theatre musicians and songwriters, playing on various recordings and performing in bars, clubs, festivals and theatres. His next commercial musical release will be a concept album entitled Tinker Tailor Soldier Rock. Following his (2013) cultural-psychological study of drum kit players, I Drum Therefore I Am: Being and becoming a Drummer, his current research includes a phenomenological study of embodiment in drum kit performance. His most recent books are Punk Pedagogies: Music, Culture and Learning (2017), and Sociology for Music Teachers: Practical Applications (2017). His life in music, leisure and academia is comically chronicled at drdrumsblog.com.