Gareth Dylan Smith Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Gareth Dylan Smith

Drummer, Educator, Scholar
Little Kids Rock and New York University

Gareth Dylan Smith is Manager of Program Effectiveness at Little Kids rock, and Visiting Research Professor at New York University. He is President of the Association for Popular Music Education, and author of the influential publication, I Drum, Therefore I Am: Being and Becoming a Drummer. He plays drums with Oh Standfast, the Eruptörs and Stephen Wheel. Gareth’s research interests include drumming and drummers, popular music education, punk pedagogies, and music & leisure.

Subjects: Music


My research interests are interdisciplinary, traversing music and education from the perspectives of sociology, cultural and social psychology, identity, social justice and equality, and embodiment / phenomenology in music performance. My work includes intersecting foci on creativities, entrepreneurship, (auto)ethnography, and practice as research. Recent and forthcoming publications include articles on symbolic violence and neoliberalism in higher music education, and books including currently in press: Punk Pedagogies in Practice, The Music Learning Profiles Project, Sociology for Music Teachers: Practical Applications, and The Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure.  I am principal editor of the Journal of Popular Music Education with Bryan Powell. I have taught and designed a broad range of courses at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels in the UK and the USA.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Popular music education, Sociology of music education, sociology of music, drum kit studies.

Personal Interests

    Drumming, running, cycling, travel, driving, being a dad, writing limericks.



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 Featured Title - Punk Pedagogies - Smith, Dines, Parkinson - 1st Edition book cover


Meal for One

Published: Feb 18, 2017

With poet/comedian/shouter of words, Oh Standfast.

Thunderstone – Forevermore

Published: Feb 18, 2017

Auditioning for the drum chair in Finnish power metal band, Thunderstone (I didn't get the gig).

Eruptörs recording session

Published: Nov 13, 2016

From November 2016, tracking at ICMP with the Eruptörs and Alex Gillett.

Embodiment and Drum Kit Performance

Published: Oct 01, 2015