Tyler Bickford

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Contact Information

Assistant Professor

Bickford@pitt.edu

509 E

412-624-2613

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Tyler Bickford specializes in contemporary children's media, especially popular music and digital technology. Trained as an ethnomusicologist, his research and teaching interests include childhood studies, popular culture, new media, education, music and language, and ethnographic methods. His first book, Schooling New Media: Music, Language, and Technology in Children's Culture (Oxford, 2017), is based on extensive ethnographic research with elementary-school children, and focuses on children's uses of MP3 players and the relationships between digital media consumption, children's expressive practices, and literacy education. He has also published articles and reviews in Popular Music, WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, Ethnomusicology, Journal of Folklore Research, Journal of Consumer Culture, Current Musicology, and several edited volumes. He is currently writing a book about the tween music industry in the 2000s.

Research and Publications

Schooling New Media: Music, Language, and Technology in Children's Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017)

"Justin Bieber, YouTube, and New Media Celebrity: The Tween Prodigy at Home and Online," in Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, edited by Gary McPherson, pp. 749–67 (Oxford University Press, 2016)

"Tween Intimacy and the Problem of Public Life in Children’s Media: 'Having It All' on the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana," WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 43/1-2 (Spring/Summer 2015): 66–82

“Earbuds Are Good for Sharing: Children’s Headphones as Social Media at a Vermont School,” in The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, edited by Jason Stanyek and Sumanth Gopinath, pp. 335–55 (Oxford University Press, 2014)

“Tinkering and Tethering in the Material Culture of Children’s MP3 Players,” in The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures, edited by Patricia Shehan Campbell and Trevor Wiggins, pp. 527–42 (Oxford University Press, 2013)

“The New ‘Tween’ Music Industry: The Disney Channel, Kidz Bop, and an Emerging Childhood Counterpublic,” Popular Music 31/3 (2012): 417–36

“Music of Poetry and Poetry of Song: Expressivity and Grammar in Vocal Performance,” Ethnomusicology 51/3 (2007): 439–76

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Tyler Bickford. Schooling New Media. Oxford University Press, 2017