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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.

Dina Grätzer


Dina GrätzerDina Grätzer studied music at the Collegium Musicum de Buenos Aires, where she gained her degree in Music Education before completing her Masters degree in Music Didactic at C.A.E.C.E. University. Dr Grätzer's thesis was an historical overview of Music Education in Buenos Aires City (Argentina) between 1946-1958. She was Head of the Children's Department at the Collegium Musicum, and after her retirement she was appointed as Pedagogical Adviser. The Recorder became her principal instrument, playing all over the country as a member of Renaissance and Baroque Consorts. Dr Grätzer has been an ISME member since 1986, and served as a member of the Research Commision (1990-1996) and the Board of Directors (2000-2004). She has published research papers and articles in Argentina as well as international journals. She was co editor of the first Argentine Bulletin of Research in Music Education (1993-2007) Dr Grätzer is Past President of the Orff-Schulwerk Argentine Society, continuing at present as a Board member.

Benon Kigozi


Benon KigoziKigozi holds a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He lectures at Makerere University’s Department of Performing Arts and Film. Kigozi served as Head of Music at Africa University, Zimbabwe until 2007. An ISME member for 12 years, he participates in its Conferences as presenter, founding member of ISME Young Professionals Focus Group, and of New Professionals Forum. He served on the Advocacy Committee and ISME National Affiliates committee. He is an ISME Board member, President of the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education and President of the Uganda Society for Musical Arts Education. He is a member of PASMAE, USMAE, NAASPAM and AISA. Kigozi has published extensively and served on editorial boards including African Musicology Online and Journal of Musical Arts Education. His current research is in ICT in music education. As a jazz pianist, he has performed in Canada, USA, UK, Zimbabwe, Qatar, UAE, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.

Mei-Ling Lai


Mei-Ling LaiMei-Ling Lai taught at National Taiwan Normal University for twenty years before retiring in 2008. She continues teaching a wide-range of courses as a part-time faculty member. Dr. Lai earned her B.A. in music education from National Taiwan Normal University and her Ph.D. in music education from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Her major research interests are the history of music education, music curriculum, and teacher education. She has served on curriculum committees for all levels of schools and is actively involved in school curriculum reforms to promote music education in Taiwan. Dr. Lai has made presentations at numerous national and international conferences, including ISME World conferences in Spain (2004), Malaysia (2006), China (2010), and Greece (2012). She was the Organizing Chair of the 8th Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research (2011) and the Co-hair of the 4th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (2013). Currently, she is a member of the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research Board.

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.

Craig Resta

United States of America

Craig RestaCraig Resta holds degrees from University of Maryland College Park, Indiana University, and Baylor University. His music teaching experience encompasses elementary through doctoral levels in the United States, and performance background comprises early and modern strings. Research interests include historical inquiry and analysis, sociocultural paradigms in music education, educational leadership and arts advocacy, and educator preparation at multiple levels. He has presented at professional conferences for state affiliates of the National Association for Music Education (NAFME), American String Teachers Association (ASTA), College Music Society (CMS), and International Society for Music Education (ISME), among others. His work is published in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Music Educators Journal, American String Teacher, and as contributor to The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He further serves as Editor of the juried research journal, Contributions to Music Education. Dr. Resta is currently Associate Professor of Instrumental Music Education at Kent State University (Ohio USA), where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in string methods, pre-service music teacher education, online pedagogies, and music education research and foundational studies.

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.

Jusamara Souza


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.