Welcome to the web site of the Popular Music Interest Group (PMIG), a special interest group within the Society for Music Theory (SMT).

Founded in 1998, the Popular Music Interest Group is dedicated to promoting the scholarly study of popular music through methods including musical analysis and theory. Our goals include:
  • Ensuring academic recognition for popular music research
  • Encouraging more scholars of music theory to engage popular repertoires
  • Encouraging scholars of popular music to make effective use of musical analysis and theory
Toward these ends, our attentions have been focused on four primary activities:
  • An annual special session or round table at the SMT national conference
  • A group meeting at the national conference for networking and exchange of ideas
  • A large online discussion group
  • The development of an active, extensive website
Pop-Analysis Listserv: Anyone interested in the scholarly study of popular music is invited to join or visit SMT-Pop's electronic discussion list (pop-analysis). To subscribe, go to:


Listserv members may post messages by mailing: pop_analysis@lists.societymusictheory.org

List Archives are housed here: http://lists.societymusictheory.org/private.cgi/pop_analysis-societymusictheory.org/

List Archives from the listserv prior to January 2010 are housed at the following site: http://listserv.unc.edu (search for "pop-analysis").

This web site is maintained by the members of the Popular Music Interest Group. Questions or comments regarding these web pages should be directed to the Popular Music Interest Group web master, Jeff Ensign and Alyssa Barna.