Music Education Special Interest Group

Research Seminar Announcement

Dr Scott L. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Music Technology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Thursday 27th March, 12.15 – 1.15pm, Committee Room 3, 20 Bedford Way, Institute of Education 

Over the past 25 years, as technology has become a ubiquitous part of the educational landscape, music educators have increasingly relied on it to be more effective and efficient in their teaching and performing. The development of music technology education in the United States has evolved through a complex and somewhat convoluted process. Educational leaders, select university programs, national music and education standards, accreditation regulations, and various financial forces have had a significant impact on curricular design and execution. In this presentation Dr. Phillips will show how these and other factors have shaped the educational landscape to create the current climate for music technology education in America. He will discuss his research of over 200 university and college programs in music technology, and suggest possible futures for this nascent academic field. 


Scott L. Phillips, Ph.D. is a prominent music technology educator and researcher. He frequently makes scholarly presentations, leads panels, and reads academic papers at top music, education, and technology conferences. Phillips is an Oxford University Press author and his book, Beyond Sound: The College and Career Guide in Music Technology (2013) is the definitive work on music technology college programs in the United States, containing the most comprehensive listing and analysis of college and university music technology programs currently available. He also serves on the advisory boards of several professional music organizations including the College Music Society, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, and the Technology Institute for Music Educators. He is co-director of the Music Technology Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he teaches music technology courses, coordinates internships, and directs the highly regarded UAB Computer Music Ensemble. As a highly sought-after trainer, clinician, and consultant, he has represented major music technology companies and has worked with hundreds of audio professionals and educators throughout the United States.