Dr Jan-Peter Herbst


Jan Herbst (b. 1984) is a popular music scholar, musicologist, music producer and guitar player. Currently, he serves as Senior Lecturer in Music Production at the University of Huddersfield, where he is also Director of the Centre for Music, Culture and Identity (CMCI) and the Popular Music Studies Research Group as well as Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for Music and Music Technology.

Practical aspects of music production and technology are of great interest to him, apart from the fact that he is deeply engaged in research. His publications include more than 40 books, articles, chapters, encyclopaedia articles and reviews, while his research papers are presented internationally on a regular basis in the areas of popular music studies, psychology of music, the art of record production, music technology and music education. Jan is a member of several international editorial boards for journals and book series and is editor of the Companion series of Cambridge University Press. Other permanent services to academia include peer reviews for several international journals focusing on popular music, metal music, record production and musicology, and reviews for Routledge’s Perspectives on Music Production book series. Last but not least, he is Treasurer on the executive committee of IASPM UK & I.

Jan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES). He was awarded for outstanding teaching at Paderborn University in 2012 and honoured with a nomination for the Karl Peter Grotemeyer prize at Bielefeld University in 2016 for exceptional achievements and personal commitment in higher education teaching. Jan keeps on supervising and examining research theses in Germany, and he teaches as a Guest Lecturer at various universities in Germany and Switzerland. At Leeds Beckett University, the University of West London and Deutsche Pop, he engages as External Examiner.

Jan completed a PhD in Popular Music, an MA in Popular Music and Media, an MEd in Music Education and diplomas in Electric Guitar Performance. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (PGCHE).

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