Countdown to ISME 2016
|Glenn E. Nierman|
United States of America
ISME faces some enormous challenges in the decade ahead. Philosophically, our profession continues to struggle worldwide for music to be recognized as a subject that should be known and practiced by all people. Numbers and letters are not the only mediums of knowing; music enables us to know ourselves. Many countries have experienced a loss of instructional time for music in the curriculum; decreasing the chances that music teachers will experience a most cherished rewards - a child’s excitement when realizing musical growth! Challenges may be viewed as opportunities, however. If elected, I would contribute to the continuing ISME vision of “promoting music education for people of all ages . . . throughout the world.” Building a worldwide community of music educators should be ISME’s primary goal for the future. Together we can make the vision of enhancing the quality of life through music a reality for all people!
Dr Glenn E. Nierman (BM, Washburn, 1972; MM, Cincinnati, 1977; DME, Cincinnati, 1979) is currently Steinhart Professor and Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he teaches graduate classes in research, as well as a non-major popular music guitar class. He has authored numerous journal articles; made presentations at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME, formerly MENC) conferences in the United States; and given addresses at the World Congresses of ISME in every biennium since 1986 (except 1988, 1992 & 2002). He is a past chair of the ISME Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission, and he is currently completing his first term on the ISME Board of Directors. Glenn is currently President-Elect of his country’s National Association for Music Education. Honors include recognition for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (1987) and receipt of the Steinhart Endowed Professorship (1998-present)..