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Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC)The MISTEC believes that music should be made available to all students in all schools and at all levels by professional music educators. The Commission further supports the premise that teacher education programs should aim to produce highly qualified future music teachers and support their continuous professional development. MISTEC believes in its international role as a body for promoting theoretical and practical innovation, research methodologies and policy development to meet the challenges faced by music educators worldwide.


The mission of MISTEC is to promote and support:

  • the development of research expertise in the field of music teacher education, including the creation of new methodologies;
  • the development of theoretical innovation and new practical approaches for music teacher education;
  • international collaboration between professionals from different regions of the world, including the setting up of joint research projects between different institutions;
  • the exchange of multicultural resources and innovative teaching approaches between ISME members who work in teacher education.
  • policy discussion aiming to share experiences between professionals and institutions from around the world; and
  • colleagues around the world to influence the formation of educational policies so as to ensure that there will be quality music education for all children.

The above Mission will be achieved by MISTEC through the promotion of activities such as biennial Commission Seminars, ISME World Conferences, the dissemination of research and information through various types of publications, and networking offered to ISME members.

General Information

The Music in Schools and Teacher Education (MISTEC) Commission held its first seminar in Switzerland, in 1976. It is one of the oldest commissions of ISME and concerns itself specifically with music education in schools, curricula, assessment and teacher education.

The ISME Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) seeks to promote and support the effective teaching and learning of music in school settings through increased understanding of curriculum development, instructional practices, and innovations in music teacher education. MISTEC sponsors biennial seminars prior to the ISME World Conference, to provide opportunities for music teacher educators and practicing teachers from around the world to share ideas and discuss issues related to our mission. Papers given at these seminars are subsequently published by the Commission. MISTEC also conducts field-related research.

Music in the Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) is in facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/386222401536174/ and can also be reached through its site http://mistec.org/.

Current MISTEC commissioners

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

Smaragda Chrysostomou*


Smaragda Chrysostomou

Dr Smaragda Chrysostomou is an Associate Professor of Music Pedagogy and Didactics in the Faculty for Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She teaches in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Faculty for Primary Education and the Faculty for Pedagogy, Philosophy and Psychology at the same University, as well as in the Distance Learning MA course in Music Education at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.

She is the head of the Aesthetic Education team in the 'Digital School' project responsible for the creation of media-enriched e-books and digital learning objects in Music, Visual Arts and Drama for compulsory education.

She is a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Music Education-Practice and a member for the Editorial Board for the Greek journals Mousikopaidagogika and Music in Primary Education. Her book titled Music in Education: the Dilemma of Interdisciplinarity (2005, in Greek) is used in many undergraduate courses in Greece as a recommended textbook.

A regular presenter in ISME conferences and MISTEC Seminars, she was the organizer for MISTEC Seminar 2012 in Komotini, Greece. Current research interests include: music teacher education, music and arts integration, music curriculum, assessment, music teaching methods, technology in music education.


Julie Ballantyne


Julie Ballantyne

Julie Ballantyne is Director of Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor in Music Education in the School of Music at the University of Queensland, Australia. She is an editor of the 2010 book Navigating Music and Sound Education, which engages with the nexus between theory and practice across many issues in music education, and manages the support network www.musicteachersproject.net.

Dr Ballantyne's research interests include music teacher education, social justice in teacher education, the psychological and social impact of music participation at music festivals, and teacher identity. She has presented at various international conferences both in Australia and overseas, and has published articles in the International Journal of Music Education, Psychology of Music, Research Studies in Music Education, Musicae Scientiae, Music Education Research, Teaching and Teacher Education among others.

Marie-Louise Bowe



Combining a life of teaching, performing and research, Dr. Marie-Louise Bowe is a dedicated and passionate advocate of the transformative effects of public schooling and arts education. As a Fulbright scholar, she earned her Doctoral Degree in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, N.Y.C, U.S.A. A native of Ireland, her dissertation titled Post-Primary Music Education in Ireland: Principals’ Perspectives investigated the extent to which music was implemented in post-primary schools across the Republic of Ireland. Making regular presentations at national and international conferences, Dr. Bowe’s research interests incorporate early childhood and adolescent experiences in music to policy, leadership in the arts and music teacher education.

Marie-Louise received a Music and Gaelic degree from Trinity College, Dublin and a Masters in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College, Dublin. In addition to receiving teaching certification as a secondary school teacher from Trinity College, Dublin, she was awarded Licentiate Diplomas (performance and teaching) in viola and piano from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. As a traditional Irish fiddle player, she also holds a teaching diploma in traditional Irish Music (T.T.C.T).

As an active freelance viola player regularly performing with the RTÉ Concert and Symphony Orchestras, Dr. Bowe has played under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner and shared the stage with artists such as Pavarotti, José Carreras, “Puff Daddy,” Enrique Iglesias, Cliff Richard, The Corrs (MTV awards), Westlife and Josh Groban to name but a few. Furthermore, she tours extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States as a chamber musician and traditional Irish fiddler.

Marie-Louise teaches music methods on the Professional Masters in Education program (pre-service secondary school teachers) at Maynooth University. She is a secondary school music teacher at Belvedere College, Dublin where she founded a wind band and orchestral program. Previously she held the position of Coordinator of Curriculum Music at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin, teaching and supervising pre-service/in service primary school teachers). She was Assistant to the Program Coordinator, Student Teacher Advisor and Viola Teacher at Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC.  Marie-Louise also established a music academy and directed annual summer music courses. Furthermore, she is the Assistant Secretary of the Society for Music Education in Ireland (www.smei.ie).

Gabriel Rusinek


Gabriel Rusinek

Dr 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, and coordinates a doctoral program in Music Education. He has published in Spanish and international journals, and is the editor of the peer reviewed open access research journal Revista Electrónica Complutense de Investigación en Educación Musical (www.ucm.es/info/reciem).

He is a member of the editorial boards of ISME's International Journal of Music Education-Practice (where he also translates the abstracts into Spanish) and Revista Internacional de Educación Musical (www.revistaeducacionmusical.org), and a member of the advisory boards of the International Journal of Education & the Arts and of Music Education Research.

Alex S. Ruthmann



S. Alex Ruthmann is Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Technology at NYU Steinhardt where he teaches courses at the intersection of music, education, technology, design and entrepreneurship. Alex leads the NYU Music Experience Design Lab (MusEDLab.org), which researches and co-designs new technologies and experiences for music making, learning and engagement with youth, school, community, and industry partners. At New York University Ruthmann co-developed the Play With Your Music MOOC in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and P2PU. He works collaboratively with student and faculty researchers in the NYU Music and Audio Research Lab on applying user and experience design methods to music technology applications. Active in social media, you can follow his curated posts on music learning, teaching and technology as @alexruthmann on Twitter.

Paulina Wai-Ying Wong

Hong Kong

Paulina Wai-Ying Wong

Dr Paulina Wai-ying Wong is Assistant Professor in the Cultural and Creative Arts Department at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd). Paulina focuses on music performance and choral education. She is currently the Head of Musical Arts Division of the department and the chair of the choral partnership school project. Her areas of research interest include music communication, music performance and leadership, choral and music education. Paulina is actively involved in consultancy work by conducting workshops, seminars for international conferences, professional organizations, local schools and churches. She is a frequent organizing chair and member for international choral and music education seminars and conferences. Paulina is the Artistic Director of the HKIEd Chorus and Educators' Singers, Vice-president of the Hong Kong Association for Music Educators, Council Chair and Board Member of local schools. She is also the chief author of the Huang Tzu Literature Collection published by Longman Hong Kong Education. In 2005, funded by the University Grants committee to develop an interactive CD-ROM, "The application of interactive kinesthetic movement and gestures for choral teaching and learning for promoting innovation in choral training. She conducted and recorded selected choral works by Huang Tzu, "Searching for Plum Blossoms in the Snow" was published by HUGO Productions Ltd. in 2011. The CD was awarded "The Best Choir Recording Award by Guangzhou City Radio. A book chapter was published by Springer in 2013 with “Sun Tzu the Art of War for Choral Leadership” as the title.