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Education of the Professional Musician Commission (CEPROM)Undergirding the vision of the ISME Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician is the belief that any discussion or action pertaining to the education and training of professional musicians must be sensitive to the roles and status that musicians have in various societies and cultures. Of equal importance is the attention to the value systems in those societies and cultures that drive the choices concerning 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 engagement with 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 practised by various societies and cultures
  • emphasise strategies through which educators can prepare musicians for the continually changing role of the musician in various contexts, societies and cultures
  • raise awareness and develop an appreciation of matters pertaining to the general health and welfare of musicians

Current CEPROM commissioners

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

Eddy Chong



Eddy Chong is Assistant-Dean (Postgrad Diploma in Education) and Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. As a music theorist and educator, he has been developing his teaching and research at the nexus of music theory, music education, and educational technology. His research interests in music theory cover tonal, post-tonal and inter-cultural music; he is currently developing a music theory curriculum for the multicultural context in Singapore. As a music educator, he focuses on developing music pedagogies that are informed by learning science and music psychology. He also takes special interest in harnessing technology, particularly Web 2.0 tools, for music teaching. In Singapore, he regularly serves as a consultant on curriculum matters to both schools as well as the Ministry of Education. As a performing musician, Eddy is a piano accompanist, church organist and choir conductor.


Dawn Bennett



Professor Dawn Bennett is Distinguished Research Fellow with Curtin University, Australia. Her research focuses on identity development, employability, graduate transition and creative labour markets. A violist, Dawn serves on numerous editorial boards and she convenes the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows’ network. She is on the board of directors for the International Society for Music Education and the Music Council of Australia, and serves as a commissioner with the ISME Commission for Education of the Professional Musician.




Don Lebler



Don Lebler is an Associate Professor in popular and contemporary music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. He served as Deputy Director, Learning and Teaching 2008–2013 and as Acting Director 2012–2013 after convening 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.


Tania Lisboa

United Kingdom


Tania Lisboa is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Performance Science, Royal College of Music, London.  Her doctoral research employed longitudinal studies with young cellists to investigate the relationship between musical understanding and a multi-modal approach to teaching and learning. Her current research focuses on the investigation of musical development, musical memory and practice strategies. Since 2003, Tania has also managed the RCM's videoconferencing programme. Tania’s publications are featured in several scientific and educational journals as well as books. She is also on editorial boards of international journals in the areas of performance and music education. In parallel with her academic research, Tania pursues an active career as a solo cellist. A native of Brazil, where she also trained as a pianist, her concert engagements encompass Europe, Asia, and North and South America. In addition to the standard repertoire, she has recorded the complete works for cello and piano by C Guarnieri and by H Villa-Lobos for Meridian Records, the latter in three volumes.


Pamela Pike

United States of America


Pamela D. Pike is the Aloysia Landry Barineau endowed associate professor of piano pedagogy at Louisiana State University. Additionally, Dr. Pike educates pre-college students of all ages and is active as an adjudicator and clinician. Pike won the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award (2012) and the Music Teachers National Association Article of the Year award (2013). She has presented throughout Asia, Europe, North and South America. Recent articles have been published in: International Journal of Music Education, Music Education Research, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Music, Technology & Education, MTNA e-Journal, and American Music Teacher. Her research interests include adult learning, perception and cognition, motivation, distance teaching, and group dynamics in learning environments. Pike serves on committees for Music Teachers National Association, the College Music Society and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.


Angeliki Triantafyllaki



Angeliki Triantafyllaki is a Research Fellow at the Department of Music Studies, University of Athens. She initially majored in Piano Performance (Dipl) and Education Studies (BA Hons) in Athens, before completing her PhD in Music Education at the University of Cambridge (2008). Areas of interest include musicians' pedagogical knowledge and creativities, community music training in HE, new technologies in HE, and, curriculum 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 began her term at CEPROM in 2012.