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 source of 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 over 80 countries across 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 new Constitution, Bylaws and Policy Review Working Committee was formed to consider how ISME needs to evolve to ensure that it can better respond to the needs of its members and the wider music education community globally. The work of this Committee will be open and consultative throughout.
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 from this page.