Tyler Bickford


509E Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


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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.