About this group

Founded in 1998, the Popular Music Interest Group is dedicated to promoting the scholarly study of popular music through methods including musical analysis and theory. Our goals include:

  • Ensuring academic recognition for popular music research
  • Encouraging more scholars of music theory to engage popular repertoires
  • Encouraging scholars of popular music to make effective use of musical analysis and theory

This website documents our conference activities, award winners, and executive board.

The Popular Music Interest Group also operates a Humanities Commons page (https://hcommons.org), where members can share their writing or teaching materials, collaboratively edit documents like our Bibliography and Glossary, and post on a discussion board. Create an account at Humanities Commons, then proceed to join the group, which can be accessed at https://hcommons.org/groups/society-for-music-theory-popular-music-interest-group/.

How to join

There are no requirements for membership; simply attend our PMIG meetings at annual SMT meetings (typically Saturday at lunchtime) to participate.

Optionally, you may join the Humanities Commons group above to establish and/or maintain contact with members throughout the year.