About The Conference.

Music Production Education Conference

…is a conference dedicated to the study of Music Production pedagogy and associated contemporary issues within higher education. 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 inaugural conference benefits from a partnership with the Journal of Music Technology & Education and a special edition containing papers from this event is anticipated.

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

The 2017 conference will take place on Thursday 29th June at York St John University, a education institution with a 175 year history, situated just outside the city walls of York.

Conference Scope:

  • Pedagogical models for teaching music production theory and practice
  • 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)

Keynote Abstracts

Dr. Andrew King

The Educator as Producer: A critique of music, production, and education.

The decline in the number of large-scale studio operations is in stark contrast to the proliferation of courses that teach music production at colleges and universities. The apprenticeship model of developing engineering and productions skills through paid internship or full-time employment continues to exist but in a reduced capacity. Théberge (2012) highlights this decline and also notes that it is only through educational establishments that there continues to be opportunities for those wanting to pursue a career in the industry, although many industry practitioners would argue the careers for the number of graduates produced simply do not exist. The student has two main choices for study which are specialist training institutes such as SAE and Abbey Road, or courses found within universities and colleges; the latter group awkwardly lying between the private and public sector in what has become an increasingly competitive and consumer led exposition of neo-liberalist philosophy within HE.

The competition is such that it has led to some universities investing heavily in these areas, and the standard of facility available to students in many of these departments can be similar to what can be found within professional recording studios. The development of music technology courses with either music production as a named degree or a pathway within a broader programme needs to move on from the technological tools, and towards the content and delivery of the curricula from a pedagogical perspective. This keynote presentation will examine some of the history, theory, issues, and suggest a possible framework for music, production, and education.

Dr. Rob Toulson

Learning Journeys in Music Production Education 

As educators, we are the navigators and guides of our students’ journeys through academia. We start with knowledge exchange and move forwards through applications of theory, experimentation and critical analysis. First hand-holding and then letting go, encouraging students to develop their own learning autonomy. But as educators we follow journeys ourselves, alongside students on a complete course pathway, and also within discrete modules and topics. The journey incorporates leading, inspiring and challenging students to ensure their learning is deep and embedded.

The field of music production education is a challenging one, taking in multiple theoretical frameworks of scientific and creative disciplines. Equally, it’s diversity of application, both in a creative and practical context, makes it difficult to give all students exactly what they think they are looking for. Furthermore, students are encouraged to learn parallel knowledge and experience in related areas of business, entrepreneurship and enterprise, which may fall outside their abilities or interest. The journeys our students take, and those we ourselves experience as educators, therefore need to be fluid and with multiple permutations in order to be successful for all.

In this keynote, we’ll explore the range and breadth of learning journeys that can be encountered in music production education, and look at methods and strategies for educating students with expertise, desire, autonomy and employability.

Conference Reservation


The conference day delegate rate is £65. This includes lunch and refreshments.


To reserve your place at this event please click the link below. Bookings close on Thursday 1st June 2017.


Venue Address


York St. John University
Lord Mayor’s Walk
York, North Yorkshire
YO31 7EX