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Center for Popular Music Studies

Mission Statement
The Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University exists to promote scholarship and teaching about the history and significance of popular music, which includes collaborations and partnerships with institutions in Cleveland and around the world.

The Center’s goals and objectives include:

  • Support collaboration between researchers and historians of popular music by providing a variety of venues for the exchange of ideas, including but not limited to symposia and conferences.
  • Investigating and creating new approaches to teaching popular music—including performance—that are relevant to elementary, secondary, and university-level students, as well as to anyone interested in the history or importance of popular music.
  • Providing opportunities for graduate students to learn about popular music in an active, critically robust program which also gives them the opportunity to teach courses to undergraduates and community members alike.
  • Advancing emerging research in popular music through the sponsorship of visiting scholars.