Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

ISME Plans for the Future

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

ISME Plans for the Future

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As the Canadian representative on the 2006-8 ISME Board of Directors, I am pleased to report on the meeting of the ISME Board, held in Bologna from July 15 to 18, 2007. One of the main items on the agenda was planning for the 2008 ISME world conference, to be held in Bologna from July 20 to 25, 2008. The ISME board members had opportunities to meet with members of the local Italian conference organizing committee, and to tour some of the venues for the 2008 conference. When not in meetings, we also had first-hand experience as tourists, exploring the remarkable old city, and enjoying the Italian cuisine, culture, and shopping opportunities. The 2008 conference theme is a broad one: "Music at all ages: Music and infants, Music and children, Music and young people, Music and adults, Music and seniors." The stated aim of the conference is to encourage "an interdisciplinary approach in order to foster connections across all aspects of education and with other disciplines, including, but not limited to, arts, pedagogy, practice of teaching, psychology, musicology, ethnomusicology, sociology, music theory, philosophy, medicine, and school administration." In addition to the keynote addresses, papers, symposia, posters and workshops, the conference will offer concerts by performers from around the world and a wide range of exhibits. The broad scope of the conference virtually guarantees something for everyone!

Also on the ISME Board July 2007 agenda was planning for the seven ISME commission seminars, to be held the week prior to the main conference. The planned seminar locations and dates are as follows: Research commission, Porto, Portugal, July 13-18; Community music commission, Rome, July 16-18; Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician, Spilamberto, Italy, July 15-18; Music in schools and teacher education commission, Rome, July 14-18; Early childhood commission, tentatively planned for Rome, July 14-19; Policy commission, tentatively planned for Bologna, July 15-18; Commission for music in special education, music therapy and music medicine, July 16-18, location to be confirmed. Updated information on the main conference and on the seven commission seminars will be available on the ISME website (http://www.isme.org) as plans are finalized.

Another important agenda item was discussion of the role of ISME National Affiliates (INAs) and ways of improving communication and co-operation between ISME and the INAs. There are currently 21 INAs. These are national organizations or institutions engaged in music education activities, with membership open to any music educator in the nation, and with recognized national status and a mission or vision supporting ISME's general policy statements. …

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