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The mission of the History Standing Committee is to identify and create opportunities to celebrate and showcase the history of the Society and music education internationally. To accomplish this mission, the work of the committee will include:

  • acting as a liaison between the ISME Board and the Curator of the Special Collections in Performing Arts at the UMD where the ISME Archives are housed;
  • encouraging ISME officers to submit materials to the ISME Archives;
  • submitting all documents created by the Committee to the Archives;
  • and soliciting grants for developing and maintaining the Archives.
  • recommending policies, guidelines and criteria to the BOD on how ISME may effectively document the history of the Society and music education internationally;
  • planning and offering history sessions at the ISME biennial world Conference;
  • maintaining and updating a history section within the ISME website;
  • producing historical materials that can be disseminated in ISME publications, journals, newsletters and the ISME web;
  • interviewing prominent music educators worldwide, so that their contribution can be properly recognized and documented in articles and resources produced by the Society;
  • serving as a resource for ISME members who are interested in historical aspects of music education internationally; and
  • developing closer ties with national organizations and other networks that have an interest in historical issues in music education internationally.

Committee Members

*committee Chair. All following committee members are presented in alphabetical order.

Gordon Cox*

United Kingdom

Gordon CoxGordon Cox studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and taught for some years in England and Canada. He received his MA in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and his PhD in music education from the University of Reading. He retired in 2007 as senior lecturer in music education at Reading. His main research interest is in the history of music education, and his books include A History of Music Education in England 1872-1928 (1993), and Living Music in Schools 1923-1999 (2002). His most recent publication is The Origins and Foundations of Music Education (2010), co-edited with Robin Stevens, which arose from a symposium organised by the History Standing Committee at the ISME conference in Bologna in 2008. Gordon has presented papers and organised symposia at the ISME World conferences in the UK (1982), South Africa (1998), Norway (2000), Spain (2004), Malaysia (2006), Italy (2008), and China (2010). He has also presented at the ISME Research Commission meetings in Coral Lake, Magaliesburg, Salt Lake City and Gothenburg. He is a former co-editor of the British Journal of Music Education, and currently a member of a number of editorial boards.

Estella Suk-ching Cham-Lai

Hong Kong

Suk-ching Estella Cham-LaiSuk-ching Estella Cham-Lai obtained her Advanced Teacher Certificate at the Grantham College of Education and Sir Robert Black College of Education in Hong Kong. She graduated from Kingston University in the U.K. under the Hong Kong Government Departmental Training Programme in 1985 and in 2001 and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree. During her service as Chief Curriculum Development Officer (Arts Education) of the Education Bureau in Hong Kong, she initiated and launched various pilot research projects that aimed at exploring the feasibilities of improving music education in primary and secondary schools. Research areas included the teaching of Chinese music, Cantonese opera and the application of information technology in the learning and teaching of music. Since her retirement in 2002, Dr Cham continues to be active in music education in Hong Kong. She is the guest lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University and the adviser to the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Currently Dr Cham is the deputy convenor of a Collaborative project on the teaching of Cantonese Opera in Primary and Secondary Schools launched by the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Ana Lucia Frega


Ana Lucia FregaAna Lucia Frega is a life-long music educator, having taught at all levels of the education system in Argentina. She holds a PhD in Music with special focus in Education. For ten years, she was principal of the School of Performing Arts at the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, a position from which she retired in 1990. She has run in-service teachers' training courses in all provinces of Argentina and over all Latin American countries. She has as well taught and lectured several times in France, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Greece and USA. She has published books in her own country and abroad, on different subjects in the field of Music Education. Her All for music, Music for all was published in 1998 by the University of Pretoria. In 1966, she became a member of ISME and attended her first conference. Her work for ISME has been ongoing since then, presenting papers at world conferences, international seminars, and translating papers into Spanish. For ten years she was a Member of the Board of the ISME Research Commission, and served as its Chair from 1986-88. In 1990, she was elected to the Board of Directors of ISME and she served as President from 1996-1998. In 1997, she was elected to the Executive Board of the International Music Council. In 2004, she was awarded the Life Recognition Prize by the music critics national association in Buenos Aires. Currently, she is teaching at the University CAECE, where she is the Head of the Masters Program in Music Education.

Marie McCarthy*
(ISME historian ex-officio)

Ireland, United States of America

Marie McCarthyMarie McCarthy studied music and education at University College, Dublin, before completing graduate studies in music education at the University of Michigan in 1990. She was on the faculty of the University of Maryland until 2006 when she returned to the University of Michigan as professor and department chair. She teaches courses on general music, music cultures in the classroom, and research methods in music education. In her research, she studies the intersections of social and cultural foundations in the historical development of music education internationally. Her publications include two books, Passing It On: The Transmission of Music in Irish Culture, and Toward a Global Community: The International Society for Music Education, 1953-2003. With Bruce D. Wilson, she co-edited a Special Issue of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education in honor of Allen P. Britton, and co-edited the proceedings of the sesquicentennial celebration of music in American public education, Music in American Schools, 1838-1988. She served as National Chair of the NAfME History Special Research Interest Group, and is currently a member of the NAfME Music Education Research Council and a member of the ISME History Standing Committee.

François Madurell


François MadurellFrançois Madurell is a researcher in the Department of Musicology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). He is head of the research group at the University of Bourgogne in Dijon and head of the research group MUSECO within the Observatoire Musical Français. This group was founded in 2006, and is devoted to studying the relationships between music, cognition and musical instruction, and the musicological, sociological and educational implications of their connections. In addition, he is the Director of the Journal de Recherche en Education Musicale. His fields of research include musicology and cognitive sciences, and music education. He is author of the book , L'ensemble Ars Nova. Une contribution au pluralisme esthétique dans la musique contemporaine (2003), editor of Les pratiques d'écoute individuelles (2005) and co-editor of Musique & sciences cognitives (2010), published by the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He is a contributing author to the book, The Origins and Foundations of Music Education. Cross-Cultural Studies of Music in Compulsory Schooling (2010), and recently editor of the book Les situations collectives dans le parcours d'apprentissage du musicien (2012). He is a contributing author to the book, The Origins and Foundations of Music Education. Cross-Cultural Studies of Music in Compulsory Schooling (2010).

Christian Onyeji


Christian OnyejiChristian Onyeji holds a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He specializes in research-composition, a composition approach that applies ethnomusicological procedures. He is a researcher on African music and composes from the African stock. He has composed for symphony orchestra, drummistic piano style, solo voice and choral compositions. He has scholarly works in journals such as Ethnomusicology, International Journal of Music Education, Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa, Muziki, Journal of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives, and in PASMAE publications. He has contributed to World Carols for Choirs and Anthology of Piano Works by Composers of African Descent, published by Oxford University Press. Christian Onyeji is a Professor of music at the University of Nigeria and also a Research Fellow of the School of Music, North West University in South Africa. Prior to that, he was the Head of the Department of Music, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria from 2005 to 2007. He is currently a Visiting Professor and Head of Department of Music, University of Uyo, Uyo Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He joined ISME in 2002 and has attended ISME conferences regularly. He was on the Programs Committee for the 2008 ISME World Conference in Bologna, Italy and the 2010 World Conference in Beijing, China during which he reviewed over 150 paper submissions. He is a member of the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE).

Gabriel Rusinek


Gabriel RusinekDr Gabriel Rusinek is Associate Professor of Music Education at the College of Education, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He has published in Spanish journals (Eufonía, Tavira, Musiker, Doce Notas and Aula de Innovación Educativa) and in international journals (Music Education Research, International Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Journal of New Music Research). He edits the peer-reviewed open-access research journal Revista Electrónica Complutense de Investigación en Educación Musical (http://www.ucm.es/info/reciem). He is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Music Education-Practice and of Revista Internacional de Educación Musical, and a member of the advisory boards of the International Journal of Education & the Arts and of Music Education Research.

Jane Southcott


Jane SouthcottJane Southcott studied music and education at the University of Adelaide, Australia. After teaching and lecturing for some time she completed a Master of Arts (Music Education) at the Institute of Education, London University. Her thesis was an historical overview of the inclusion of creative practices in music education from Rousseau to Satis Coleman. Returning to Australia Jane lectured and continued her historical research with a particular interest in biographical and music pedagogical history in England, Australia and the USA. She completed a doctorate on the history of music in state schooling in South Australia to 1920. Jane is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. She teaches at postgraduate level in music education and research methods. Jane supervises a large group of doctoral students whose research foci are varied and who primarily employ historical or phenomenological paradigms. Jane has completed a definitive biography of Sarah Anna Glover (1786-1867) who invented the Norwich Sol-fa. Jane has been a long-term member of the international executive of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education, holding different positions and organizing national conferences. She is a member of the editorial boards of international and national refereed journals.

Robin Stevens


Robin Stevens

Robin Stevens is currently a Principal Fellow at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Faculty of the VCA and Music at The University of Melbourne, Australia. He was formerly Associate Professor of Music Education at Deakin University, Melbourne. Robin has a long-standing interest in the history of music education, having completed a PhD thesis in 1978 on the development of music in schools in south-eastern Australia (New South Wales and Victoria) from 1848 to 1920. He has a particular interest in researching the development and dissemination of John Curwen's Tonic Sol-fa method during the nineteenth century in Australia, South Africa, and the Asia-Pacific Region. Robin has contributed historical entries to The Oxford Companion to Australian Music (OUP, Melbourne, 1997) and is co-editor of a book entitled The Origins and Foundations of Music Education: Cross-Cultural Historical Studies of Music in Compulsory Schooling Music (Continuum International Publishing, London, 2010). Robin was a member of the Steering Committee for the 2004-05 National Review of School Music Education in Australia and was subsequently a member and then chairperson of the Australian Government's Music Education Advisory Committee. He has been a member of the History Standing Committee of ISME since 2005.

Graham Welch
(ISME Board Representative)

United Kingdom

Graham Welch Professor Graham Welch holds the Institute of Education, University of London Established Chair of Music Education. He is the Immediate Past President of the International Society for Music Education (ISME), elected Chair of the internationally based Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) and past Co-Chair of the Research Commission of ISME. Current Visiting Professorships include the Universities of Queensland (Australia), Limerick(Eire) and Roehampton (UK). He is also a member of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council's (AHRC) Review College for Music and has been a specialist consultant for Government departments and agencies in the UK, Italy, Sweden, USA, Ukraine, UAE, South Africa and Argentina on aspects of music, education and teacher education. Publications number approximately three hundred and embrace musical development and music education, teacher education, the psychology of music, singing and voice science, music in special education and disability, and the wider benefits of music. Publications are primarily in English, but also appear in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Greek, Japanese and Chinese.