Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

International, National and Local Alliances: ISME Opens Windows to the Arts

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

International, National and Local Alliances: ISME Opens Windows to the Arts

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THE POSSIBILITIES OF PARTNERSHIP! What can music educators share with their counterparts in dance, drama, word, media and visual arts? If the possibilities are opened, not forced. . . and if singularity of each discipline is recognized and appreciated . . .What could happen if all the arts were woven through a child's education? These possibilities currently engage music educators at all levels from local to national to international.

International Developments

The International Society for Music Education (ISME) is embarking on an official alliance with other arts organizations. The World Alliance of Arts currently includes music (ISME International Society for Music Education, visual arts (International Society for Education Through the Arts INSEA), and drama (International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA). The Alliance welcomes partners in other arts education.

The World Alliance of Arts is something new under the sun since the organizations tap into 90 countries. As the official declaration (2006) states, ISME/INSEA/IDEA involve over "one million dedicated and courageous teachers, artists/performers, researchers, scholars, community leaders, administrators and policy makers who themselves are in touch with formal and informal educational communities throughout the world."

The reasoning behind this partnership, reached after six years of discussion, is that our current age both demand and allow new strategies for creating awareness, social unity, sustainable advances and peaceful co-existence.

Cohen, McPherson, and Boughton writing on behalf of their organizations state that the arts provide essential tools for understanding in the post-modern era:

We believe that today's knowledge-based, post-industrial societies require citizens with confident flexible intelligences, creative verbal and non-verbal communication skills, abilities to think critically and imaginatively, intercultural understandings and an empathetic commitment to cultural diversity.

What do the arts offer? Consider these:

In the visual arts, critical and reflective pedagogies and new means of artistic production offer students opportunities to explore their multi-cultural, multi-technological visual worlds. …

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