The mission of the Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) in Popular Music Education is to provide a means of communication, collaboration, and support among the researchers, teachers, and other persons in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) interested in scholarship on popular music education. The SRIG offers members a newsletter providing relevant news and updates, schedules sessions at biennial NAfME research conferences, and provides a means for joint projects among researchers.

Popular Music Education is more than a pedagogy (e.g. Kodaly, El Sistema) or a style of music (e.g. Jazz, Zydeco). It is, rather, a way of approaching music education through vernacular musicianship and informal learning using repertoire, instruments, and practices familiar or readily accessible to students. Popular music education initiatives such as Little Kids Rock and Musical Futures are transforming music education for hundreds of thousands of students in the United States. Scholarship in popular music education is expanding rapidly worldwide, and a Special Research Interest Group devoted to popular music education enables scholars and educators in NAfME to communicate and collaborate in this endeavor.