International Society for Music Education: inclusive, intellectual and inspiring

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Says Carin van Graan, music teacher and accompanist at St Alban’s College in Pretoria, Gauteng, “In October 2015, I was fortunate to be a recipient of an ISASA Staff Development Fund (SDF) conference grant.

This enabled me to attend the International Society for Music Education’s (ISME) 32nd World Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2016.” ISME is a worldwide organisation for music educators that seeks to celebrate the diverse ways that people engage with, and develop in and through, music. ISME is affiliated to the International Music Council and the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), and is represented in over 80 countries.

It is the premiere international organisation for music education and respects all music and all cultures. Special interest groups (SIGs) that were provided with programme time at the Glasgow world conference included the Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician (CEPROM); the Forum for Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy; jazz; Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) and spirituality and music education. Furthermore, keynote speakers included artists such as Dame Evelyn Glennie and multi-award-winning singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading. There was a variety of lunch hour and evening concerts on offer. The It Project concert with Patrick Doyle was a highlight.

Doyle is the composer of the soundtracks of the films Cinderella, Brave, Thor and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, among others. The Turksoy Youth Chamber Orchestra performed at the closing ceremony, as the 2018 conference will be hosted by Azerbaijan’s capital city, Baku. “I would like to encourage all music educators to try and attend at least one ISME world conference during their professional career,” says van Graan. 

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