Call for Papers

Music Production Education Conference 2020

Reflecting the Future

York St John University, York, UK

17th & 18th June 2020

MPEC 2020 is the second conference for the study of Music Production & Technology pedagogy. MPEC seeks to provide a forum for the discussion and analysis of teaching and learning in music production & technology in Further and Higher Education.

The conference will offer lively debate and stimulating presentations, which will address issues of the place of music production within the broader context of the performing arts sector, research and professional communities.

This second conference benefits from a partnership with the Perspective On Music Production series of books with Routledge. A proceedings book will be published in mid-2021 with selected chapters from the conference (subject to contract).


  • Professor Carola Boehm Staffordshire University. Carola pioneered the pedagogical analysis of the music technology higher education sector with her highly cited paper “The discipline that never was: current developments in music technology in higher education in Britain’ published in 2007.
  • TBC

Who should attend?

  • Lecturers and teachers
  • Education Managers and Deans
  • Examination Board staff & Publishers
  • Interested 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

Further details of the programme of events and keynote speakers will be available shortly on the conference website:

Call for Papers & Conference Scope

The conference committee invites proposals for papers relating to the conference theme of ‘Music Production Pedagogy’. Possible topics for consideration may include:

  • Pedagogical models for teaching music production theory and practice
  • Educational paradigms in music technology & production
  • 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

Individual presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in duration. Proposals should take the form of a title followed by an abstract of no more than 200 words. Deadline for submission is Friday 3rd February 2017 Decisions will be notified three weeks after this date.

Papers presented in full at the conference will be considered for inclusion as chapters in a forthcoming book within the Perspectives On Music Production series of books published by Routledge.

Proposals should be emailed to:


The Music Production Education Conference 2017 will be held in historic city of York. Just outside of the walls of the city lies York St John University with a 177-year-old history of education. Music Production has been thriving at the institution for over 12 years.

Full venue, accommodation and travel details will be made available at the conference website in due course.

Conference Fees

Conference attendance fees are to be confirmed. Fees will be in the region of £90 per delegate.


Co-Chairs & MPEC Steering Committee:

Russ Hepworth-Sawyer
York St John University & MOTTOsound, UK

Dr. Mark Marrington
York St John University, UK

Katie Tavini
Katie Tavini Mastering & Red Bull Academy

Dr. Paul Thompson
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Nick Hughes
Robert Smythe Academy, Leicester, UK

Dates and Deadlines

  • 01 February 2020 – abstracts deadline
    • 01 March 2020 – acceptance of abstracts sent to authors
    • 01 April 2020 – early bird registration discount ends
    • 01 June 2020 – full draft chapter submitted (for those wishing to submit for Routledge Volume)
    • 17 June 2020 – conference opens
    • 01 July 2020 – Final edits call for chapters for conference proceedings submitted

Conference Website

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