Dr Gareth Dylan Smith is a drummer, educator, writer, and scholar. The author of several books and numerous scholarly papers and magazine columns, he has also toured throughout the UK and United States playing musical theatre and punk, and recorded albums of everything from electro-acoustic opera to epic concept riff-rock.
A busy and popular teacher, Gareth is also an active scholar, specialising in the sociology and cultural psychology of music and music education. He has given invited lectures at the University of Cambridge, Columbia University, the University of Southern California, New York University, University of Michigan, University of Chihuahua, Hedmark University College and the UCL Institute of Education. He has presented research at conferences around the world, including in Egypt, China, Italy, Finland, Brazil, and the USA.
Gareth’s main research interests are popular music and musicians, identity, assessment, gender, embodiment in performance, and ethnographic, narrative perspectives. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Popular Music Education, lead editor of the Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education and Punk Pedagogies in Practice, and co-author (with Hildegard Froehlich) of Sociology for Music Teachers: Practical Applications. His first book, I Drum, Therefore I Am: Being and Becoming a Drummer, was published by Ashgate in 2013. Gareth has written for Rhythm magazine and contributed dozens of articles about drummers to the Grove Dictionary of American Music.