Formation of the Society
The International Society for Music Education was formed at a conference convened by UNESCO in 1953 'to stimulate music education as an integral part of general education'. This has been ISME's main concern over the past decades and continues to be our most important motivation.
In the years that followed its formation, ISME gradually evolved to what it is today, a worldwide organisation for music educators that seeks to celebrate the diverse ways that people engage with, and develop in and through, music. Since 1953, ISME has represented an international, interdisciplinary, intercultural network of professionals who strive to understand and promote music learning across the lifespan. Members from more than 80 countries around the world share a commitment to culture, education, conservation and the durable development of our cultural heritage, and to evidence-based policy and practice.
In 2015 a Constitution, Bylaws and Policy Review Working Committee was formed and from their work a new Constitution and Bylaws were created, which was approved at the 2018 General Assembly in Baku, Azerbaijan.
In 2003 ISME celebrated its 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion the Society published "Toward A Global Community - The International Society for Music Education 1953 - 2003". This can be downloaded below.
The History Standing Committee has created a separate website with more information about the history of the Society.