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Dr. Mari Shiobara recently retired as Professor and Head of Music Education at Kunitachi College of Music and was previously Professor of Music Education at Tokyo Gakugei University. Educated in both Japan and the UK, she studied music education at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo and piano performance at the Royal Academy of Music. She received both her MA and PhD in music education from UCL Institute of Education. While in London she also earned a Dalcroze Licentiate from the London Dalcroze Society. Between 2002 and 2008, she served as special consultant to the Japanese Ministry of Education, National Institute for Educational Policy Research, working on various projects concerned with developing the Japanese music curriculum. She was a board member of the Japanese Society for Dalcroze-Eurhythmics and Music Education and served also as an editorial committee member between 1998 and 2018. She has served as a commissioner for ISME’s Community Music Activity (CMA) Commission between 2010 and 2016, for which she was co-chair from 2014-2016. She is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Community Music Network (APCMN) and convened its 2nd seminar in Tokyo in 2015. She has been an active member of the Japan Music Education Society, having served on its editorial board between 2012 and 2016. Dr Shiobara has contributed chapters to handbooks for both primary and secondary music teachers in Japan. She has published numerous articles and written chapters for several books. Her recent publications include 'Many Voices, One Horizon: Community Music in Oceania' (2018, University of Hawai’i Press), for which she was co-editor and also contributed a chapter. Dr. Shiobara is also a natori (name/diploma holder) for shamisen performance in the Kineya nagauta tradition, Ikenohata Association. Her research interests include music and movement, cultural music identities and diversity in music education.