Introducing the TISMIR Education Track: What, Why, How?

Meinard Müller*, Simon Dixon, Anja Volk, Bob L.T. Sturm, Preeti Rao, Mark Gotham

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ThiseditorialintroducestheneweducationtrackfortheTransactionsoftheInternational Society for Music Information Retrieval (TISMIR) and aims to provide guidance to both prospective authors and users of this track’s material regarding its context, goals, and scope. To begin, we offer TISMIR-specific context, including the journal’s history, its unchanged scope and remit, and the motivations behind introducing the new track. This context is supplemented by broader insights into developments in the field of Music Information Retrieval (MIR), the personal pedagogical experiences of the authors, and the rapid, extensive development of Open Educational Resources across various domains. We highlight the key characteristics of educational articles in general and explore why the music domain may provide an intuitive and motivating setting for education across various levels and disciplines. The education track aligns with existing tracks in terms of TISMIR’s dedication to scientific research in MIR, broadly defined as the processing, analyzing, organizing, and creating of music and music-related information using computational methods. Educational articles within this track maintain the high standards expected in terms of scientific rigor, clarity of language, and compelling presentation. However, they differ in their focus on a tutorial-style delivery and their emphasis on existing MIR research methods, techniques, principles, and practical matters relevant to the diverse interests of the MIR community. Through this editorial, our objective is to offer guidance, clarify review criteria, and stimulate discussion on crafting effective educational articles, thereby laying the foundation for a broader discourse on education within MIR and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-98
Number of pages14
JournalTransactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2024


  • Education
  • MIR
  • Music Information Retrieval
  • Pedagogy
  • Review Criteria
  • Tutorials


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