Joseph Pignato of the Music Department Co-authors Book

Joseph Michael Pignato, a Professor in the Music Department, has co-authored a book, “The Music Learning Profiles Project: Let’s Take This Outside,” published by Routledge Focus in November of this year.

Part of the Routledge New Directions in Music Education series, the book introduces The Music Learning Profiles Project, or MLPP, an ongoing research initiative that uses “Flash Study” analysis, a modified case study approach pioneered by the authors, to profile musicians active in a wide range of musical contexts not typically found in traditional music education settings.

Pignato co-authored the text with the MLPP’s other primary investigators, Radio Cremata, Assistant Professor at Ithaca College, Bryan Powell, Director of Higher Education for Little Kids Rock and Interim Director for Amp Up NYC; and Gareth Dylan Smith, Manager of Program Effectiveness at Little Kids Rock and Visiting International Scholar at New York University.

The publication features data from interviews with twenty musicians, active in a variety of traditions, genres, and practices. The participants discussed key learning experiences, the music learning environments that most impacted them, and their relationships to music learning in and out of schools. The MLPP offers a nuanced understanding of the myriad approaches to music learning that have emerged in the early part of the twenty-first century.