All information provided in this page was accurate during the time of service 2010-2012. Please note that commissioners' biographical notes will have changed since.
*commission Chair. All following commissioners are presented in alphabetical order.
Margré van Gestel*
Margré van Gestel is the co-founder of Music on the lap (Muziek op Schoot) courses for parent and child and made great contributions to the development of content of Early Childhood Music teacher training. Margré received a degree as a teacher in primary school (1976), a certificate Orff Schulwerke (1978) and gained a higher degree in Music Education from the Conservatory Utrecht (Schoolmuziek, 1993 the Netherlands). She is a certified Physical Remedial Teacher, NLP practitioner (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and NLP Master (International NLP Trainers Association, 2002). She taught music in primary schools for 25 years, runs a music and theater school and many people joined her choirs. Margré has given lectures, courses and teacher training and is chair of the Foundation Muziek op Schoot (since 2008), the Foundation Toddlers and Music (since 1989), secretary of the board of Gehrels Music Education (Dutch National Society for Music Education, since 2002 (INA member since 2006). She was supervisor of the early childhood music teachers in the SKON day care centres. (National Foundation for child care). From 2008 she is a member of the panel of reviewers for MERYC (European Network of Music Educators and Researchers). As a co-author she published books and articles in national and international journals and presented at national and international symposia and conferences.
Elizabeth Andang'o is a Lecturer of Music Education at Kenyatta University, Nairobi. She has been a faculty member at Kenyatta, her alma mater, since 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Hons) in Music and an MA in Music Education. Elizabeth undertook part of her doctoral work at the Institute of Education, University of London (2008), earning a PhD in Early Childhood Music Education in 2009 from Kenyatta University. Elizabeth teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Education, ear training, theory of music, and voice tuition. She also carries out research in Early Childhood Music Education with a focus on singing, cultural issues and multicultural music education. Some of her short-term research goals include compiling a book of Kenyan songs for preschool teaching and providing musical experiences for the preschool (for 3-6 year olds) and primary school located within her university campus. Dr. Andang'o has presented her research findings at various national and regional forums, and international conferences including RIME and ISME. She has also published articles in Arts Education Policy Review, Early Child Development & Care, and the East African Journal of Music Education. She is a newly appointed member of ISME Commission for Early Childhood Music Education.
Diane Cummings Persellin
United States of America
Dr Diane Cummings Persellin is Professor of Music Education at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, USA where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. During the summers she is the Director of Trinity University Orff Schulwerk Certification Course and teaches an early childhood music course at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She has served as President of Texas Music Educators Conference and Co-chair of the Early Childhood MENC Special Research Interest Group (SRIG). Currently, she is Editor of General Music Today and is on editorial boards of Mountain Lake Reader and Texas Music Education Research. Her research deals primarily with musical development and home environment and has been published in chapters of books and music education journals including Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council in Research in Music Education, Applications of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, American Music Teacher, General Music Today, Kodaly Envoy, Early Childhood Connections, Teaching Music, Perceptual and Motor Skills, and Texas Music Education Research. She has been serving as a member of the ECME Commission since 2006.
Claudia Gluschankof is Head of Music & Movement Studies at the Early Childhood Department and researcher at the R&D Authority and served as Coordinator of Studies at the School of Music (2002-2008) Levinsky College of Education, Tel-Aviv, Israel. She holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MA in Music Education from the University of London, Institute of Education, an Orff certificate (Orff Institute, Salzburg) and a Kodály certificate (Kodály Institute, Kecskemét). In addition to her teaching activity at kindergarten level and teacher pre-service and in-service training she serves as member of and as head researcher for the Music Curriculum Committee of Israel, and as a member of the Dostrowsky Forum for Music and Dance Education. Her research interests focus on the musical expressions of young children, particularly on the self-initiated play of young children in various cultural contexts, especially among Hebrew and Arab speakers. Dr Claudia Gluschankof has presented her research at many international conferences. Her research has been published in various peer review journals. She serves at the ECME commission since 2006.
Amanda Niland holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Early Childhood Education and postgraduate qualifications in Music Education, Montessori Education and Children's Literature. Amanda has taught in early childhood and school classrooms for more than 20 years, as a both generalist teacher and music specialist. She received a MA (Hons) degree in 2005, in which she researched young children's engagement with songs, and is currently completing a PhD which builds on her previous research. Amanda is a lecturer at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, where she also co-ordinates the Institute's Music Program for Children. Amanda regularly presents professional development workshops in music for early childhood educators and runs a music group for young children with disabilities and their families. Amanda has presented at national and international conferences, and has published her work in peer reviewed journals. Her main research interests are young children's songs, the musical responses of young children with disabilities, and the challenges of developing participatory approaches to researching with young children. Amanda has written songs, poems and picture books for young children.
United States of America
Joanne Rutkowski, a Professor of Music Education at The Pennsylvania State University, USA, where she has been a faculty member since 1984, holds a B.M. degree from Miami University (Ohio), and an M.F.A. and PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has taught general and choral music, grades K-8, in Ohio and New York. Currently she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Education and provides music experiences for 3- to 5-year-olds at a day care center on the Penn State Campus as well as for a mixed aged group of young children and their parents at the State College Music Academy. Music education for the general student has always been Dr. Rutkowski's prime professional interest and her research has focused on the nature of children's singing voices and techniques and materials for helping the developing singer in a classroom setting. She has presented these studies at international, national, regional, and state conferences and symposia and her numerous articles have been published in various journals. In addition, she has co-authored several chapters and is currently working on a book under contract with GIA Publications titled "The Singing Voice Development Measure: A Tool to Measure Children's Use of Singing Voice". Dr Rutkowski is a member of the Journal of Research in Music Education Editorial Committee and also the ISME Early Childhood Commission. At Penn State she is Music Education Area Coordinator and Graduate Program Chair and served for 3 semesters as a Faculty Fellow with the Schreyer Honors College.