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Education of the Professional Musician Commission (CEPROM)It is the belief of the ISME Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician that any discussion or action relative to the education and training of professional musicians must be sensitive to the roles and status that creative and performing musicians have in various societies and cultures. Of equal importance is attention to the value systems in those societies and cultures that drive the choices made relative to music, education, and the arts in a broader sense.


The mission of the ISME Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician is to engage in and promote a variety of activities in international and local settings that:

  • focus on the professional musician as one who accepts responsibility for advancing and disseminating music as an integral part of life, and whose creation and performance of music reflects perception, understanding, appreciation, and mastery in a manner that conveys meaning to people;
  • foster the recognition of the many modes of educating and training musicians, as those modes exist in various societies and cultures; and
  • emphasise ways in which to enable present and future educators to employ modes of preparing musicians that reflect an awareness of the continually changing role of the musician in various societies and cultures.

Current CEPROM commissioners

*commission Chair. All following commissioners are presented in alphabetical order.

Glen Carruthers*


Glen CarruthersGlen Carruthers is Dean of the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). He was Dean of Music of the School of Music at Brandon University (Brandon, Manitoba, Canada) from 1998 to 2008 and prior to that he was founding Chair of the Department of Music at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada). Carruthers’ dual interests in music education and musicology are reflected in publications in both disciplines, in such journals as The Musical Times, Canadian Music Educator, Canadian University Music Review, International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Musicology and The Music Review. He has presented conference papers and guest lectures across Canada and the United States, and in France, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Serbia, Italy and Spain. Carruthers is past-president of the Canadian University Music Society and has served on the boards many regional and national arts organizations.

Dawn Bennett


Dawn BennettDawn Bennett is Professorial Research Fellow and Director of the Creative Workforce initiative at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

Her research interests include creative labour markets, identity development, music education and research frameworks. In 2010 she became an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellow, extending work on the role of identity development in student engagement. Dawn serves on the editorial boards of International Journal of Music Education, Music Performance Research and Australian Journal of Music Education.

She is a member of the Music Council of Australia and a commissioner for the ISME Teaching and Learning Forum.

Eddy Chong


Eddy ChongEddy Chong is an associate professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). As a music theorist, he teaches primarily music theory and analysis at the diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests in this area include tonal, post-tonal and inter-cultural music as well as developing a music theory curriculum for a multicultural context. His work as a music educator focuses on teacher education at the secondary level; he has served as a consultant on curriculum matters to both schools as well as the Singapore Ministry of Education. Additionally, he takes special interest in the music pedagogical use of technology and Web 2.0 tools. These researches have been presented at international conferences and published in book chapters and journals. As a performing musician, Eddy is a piano accompanist, church organist and choir conductor. He has been serving as a commissioner of CEPROM since 2008.

Don Lebler


Don LeblerDon Lebler is Deputy Director, Learning and Teaching at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. He is an Associate Professor in popular and contemporary music and convened the Bachelor of Popular Music Program 2002–2008. His background is as a drum kit player and rhythmic percussionist in a variety of contexts and as a studio musician and programmer on television, film, advertising and recording projects for commercial release. Recent research has focused on the ways popular musicians learn and the impact of structured reflective practice on this learning, including self- and peer-assessment, learning through recording, the relationship between know-how and knowledge and informal learning in formal learning environments. He has written book chapters and journal articles and given keynotes, lectures, papers and presentations on this work internationally. Current research is mainly concerned with assessment practices and policy, with particular regard to the assessment of learning outcomes in music in higher education.

Rosie Perkins

United Kingdom

Rosie Burt-PerkinsRosie Perkins is a Research Associate in the Centre for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music London, where she researches and teaches widely across music education and psychology. Following her BMus and MA degrees at the University of Sheffield, Rosie completed her PhD at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, in 2011. Rosie's current research interests and publications focus on musicians' career development, musicians' wellbeing and identity, the learning cultures of higher music education, and the role of music-making in enhancing wellbeing. In addition to her role in CEPROM, Rosie is a member of the Dutch research group Lifelong Learning in Music, and regularly presents her research at international conferences.

Angeliki Triantafyllaki


Angeliki TriantafyllakiAngeliki Triantafyllaki is a Research Fellow at the Department of Music Studies, University of Athens. She initially studied piano performance at the National Conservatoire of Athens and secondary school teaching and educational psychology at the University of Athens, before completing her PhD in Music Education at the University of Cambridge (2008). More recently, she was awarded funding by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY, Postdoctoral Scholarship, 2009) and by The British Academy (International Visiting Fellowship, 2010) to conduct research on musicians' initial teacher training and school teaching experiences. Her research interests span the areas of musicians' identities and careers, the development of musical creativity in schools and university education, community music training, initial teacher education and musicians' continuing professional development. Angeliki has published several journal articles and book chapters and has presented her work at national and international conferences, including ISME, RIME, BERA and ICMPC. She is a newly appointed member of the Commission beginning her term in 2012.