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The 2nd Music Education Production Conference #MPEC2020

#MPEC2020 is the second conference for the study of Music Production & Technology pedagogy & will take place at Leeds Beckett University across Thursday 14th May 2020 and Friday 15th May 2020 in partnership with York St John University

#MPEC2020 seeks to provide a forum for the discussion and analysis of teaching and learning in music production & technology in Further and Higher Education. #MPEC2020 offers a forum for lively debate and stimulating presentations that address some of the issues of contemporary music production education within the broader context of the arts sector, research and professional communities.

‘"After the successful publications of select papers from the last Music Production Education Conference in 2019, we're pleased to announce the new conference which will be held at Leeds Beckett University in partnership with York St John University and Routledge, where this years' proceedings book will be published in early 2021” Russ Hepworth-Sawyer MPEC Conference Co-Chair. 

#MPEC2020 benefits from a partnership with the publisher Routledge with a

proceedings book being published in mid-2021 featuring a selection of chapters from the conference.

Dr Paul Thompson, Reader in Music, Sound and Performance at Leeds Beckett University & MPEC Conference Co-Chair “We’re very excited to be hosting the 2nd International Music Production Education Conference here at Leeds Beckett. The conference brings together practitioners, professionals, educators and researchers to discuss the ccomplexities involved in delivering music production education at all levels. We’re also incredibly lucky to have 3 amazing keynote speakers, each with their own unique experience and different educational perspectives”

Confirmed #MPEC2020 conference Key Note speakers include:

  • Sylvia Massy: Landmark producer, engineer and educator with Berklee College of Music online. “She’s the unpredictable producer and engineer known for her work with Tool, Johnny Cash, Prince, Tom Petty and the Red Hot Chili Peppers… but there’s a whole lot more to Sylvia than just music…”. Sylvia is an author and is currently writing a book on vintage microphones.
  • Professor Carola Boehm: is Associate Dean (Students) in the School of Creative Arts and Engineering at Staffordshire University. Carola is a passionate advocate of interdisciplinarity & creativity, the international context, and the role that universities play in our creative sectors and communities. Carola pioneered the critical analysis of the music technology curriculum in the Higher Education sector with her highly cited paper The discipline that never was: current developments in music technology in Higher Education in Britain (2007). 
  • Katie Tavini: is a mastering engineer from Manchester, working in Brighton. Katie’s mastering clients have included Decca Records, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Abi Wade and Sonic Boom Six. As well as working as a mastering engineer, Katie also hosts Red Bull's Normal Not Novelty engineering workshops, and has a monthly column in Pro Sound News Europe. She was recently shortlisted for Mastering Engineer of the Year at the Music Producers Guild Awards 2020.

Conference Scope:

• Pedagogical models for teaching music production theory and practice

• Educational paradigms in music technology & production

• Gender representation within music production education

• Equality and diversity

• Current music technology progression through to Higher Education

• Production analysis and listening in education

• Teaching creativity in music production

• Tensions between technology and technique in teaching music production

• Music production education and the industry: the apprenticeship model and

its future in the context of Higher Education

• Career pathways for music production graduates

• Post Graduate provision and development

• Government policy on Higher Education and its potential impact on Music

Production degrees (e.g. TEF)

• Student population developments and expectations

• Future educational landscape discussions

Who should attend?

• Lecturers and teachers (School, FE & HE)

• Education Managers and Deans

• Examination Board staff & Publishers

• Music industry personnel

• Researchers in music technology and music education

• Technical support staff

• Freelancers in industry and/or education

• Students interested in music technology and production education 

Conference Pricing:

Full price: £90.00  

Students/OAPs/Unwaged: £60.00  

Register Here


Headingley Campus

Venue Details

Leeds Beckett University, James Graham Building, Leeds, LS6 3QS

Contact Information

Dr Paul Thompson: 0113 812 3330 /  P.A.Thompson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

David Turner: 0113 812 3330 / d.p.turner@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Event Details

14 May 2020 -
15 May 2020
James Graham Building, Leeds Beckett University
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