About

“As an academic (Berklee College of Music, USA) Joe’s primary area of research expertise is the psychology of songwriting, and similarity thresholds in popular songs. His PhD research provided the world’s first detailed systematic investigation into collaborative songwriting.”

Dr Joe Bennett has been analysing and transcribing popular music for international publication since 1994. He has written 30 books, including transcription, teaching and reference works (published worldwide by Music Sales Group), and more than 300 academic and media articles, relating to song analysis, guitar techniques, music similarity, music copyright law, and songwriting. He is currently a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston USA, and the resident musicologist for BBC Radio in the UK.
 
As an academic Joe’s primary area of research expertise is the psychology of songwriting and similarity thresholds in popular songs. His PhD research (University of Surrey, UK) was entitled Constraint, Creativity, Copyright and Collaboration in Popular Songwriting Teams’, and it provided the world’s first detailed systematic investigation into collaborative songwriters’ creative processes. Joe was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) in 2004 by the UK Higher Education Academy in recognition of his contribution to the teaching and learning of popular music. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a peer reviewer for Bloomsbury, OUP and IASPM, and a PhD examiner specializing in songwriting creativity. Prior to his current role, he was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Berklee, and formerly Dean at Boston Conservatory (USA) and Bath Spa University (UK). 
 
As a forensic musicologist, Joe’s past clients include Universal Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, Netflix, Loeb & Loeb LLP,  Simpson & Marwick LLP, Michael Simkins LLP, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Swan Turton LLP, Van Straten solicitors, Ministry of Sound, JWT, and BBH, confidential corporate clients, and many individual songwriters. Litigated cases include Naxos v Salmon (UK) and Hines v W Chappell Music Corp (USA). Media interviews include Washington Post, CNN, The Daily Telegraph, NPR, The New York Times, The LA Times, BBC TV news, BBC TV The One Show, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, MTV news, Discovery Channel and The Guardian. He is listed on the UK Music Publishers’ Association’s Register of Expert Witness Musicologists and the American Musicological Society’s database of forensic musicologists.