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Co-Chair of the Community Music Activity Commission
Dr Mari Shiobara is Professor of Music Education at Kunitachi College of Music. Educated in both Japan and the UK, she studied piano performance at the Royal Academy of Music and received both her MA and PhD in music education from the University of London, Institute of Education. While in London she also earned a Dalcroze Licentiate from the London Dalcroze Society. She is actively involved in community music activities as a practitioner as well as researcher and is currently investigating the transmission process of Japanese folk song traditions in community settings as well as schools. Dr Shiobara has also been involved in music therapy work for children and adults with special needs organised by community centres and parents' associations. Between 2002 and 2008, she served as a consultant for various projects concerned with developing the music curriculum at Japan's Ministry of Education and Science. She serves as a board member of the Japanese Society for Dalcroze-Eurhythmics and Music Education and is also a member of its editorial committee. Dr Shiobara has written chapters for handbooks for both primary and secondary music teachers and has authored a number of articles and conference papers on community music activities. Her other research interests include cultural music identity and comparative studies of music education between Japan and the UK.