Tyler Bickford

Professor

Tyler Bickford teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s literature and childhood studies. He advises graduate students working in those fields, as well as students studying media and technology and using ethnographic methods. His research focuses on contemporary children's media, especially popular music and digital technology. He is the author of Tween Pop: Children’s Music and Public Culture (Duke University Press, 2020) and Schooling New Media: Music, Language, and Technology in Children's Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017).

He is an active member of the Pitt Faculty Organizing Committee, working towards a labor union of faculty across ranks and campuses at Pitt.

Representative Publications

Tween Pop: Children’s Music and Public Culture (Duke University Press, 2020) 

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

“The Kindie Movement: Independent Children’s Music in the United States Since 2000,” in Music in Early Childhood: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives and Inter-disciplinary Exchanges, edited by Beatriz Ilari and Susan Young, pp. 223–33 (Springer, 2019)

"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

Research Interests

Children's Literature, Childhood Studies, Popular Culture, New Media, Education, Music and Language, and Ethnographic Methods