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First two books launched in ISME Ruutledge Series
In partnership with Routledge, ISME publishes two series of specialist books about music education
29 Jan 2019
Dawn Bennett

In 2017, ISME partnered with Routledge to create two new book series:
  1. Global perspectives in music education; and
  2. Specialist themes in music education.

The editor-in-chief is Professor Dawn Bennett. 

The two series offer a focused conduit through which members of ISME and their colleagues can publish scholarly and instructional work. ISME also created a partnership strand through which it works with partner organisations around the world to enable publications from diverse contexts and across our membership.

The series reflect domains in which the global ISME membership engages, promising a cohesive body of work that aligns with the mission of the Society and is resonant of scholarship, practice and research undertaken in its name.

Published volumes

Leadership and the development of musicians in higher music education (edited by Dawn Bennett, Jennifer Rowley and Patrick Schmidt.

Leadership of pedagogy and curriculum in higher music education (edited by Jennifer Rowley, Dawn Bennett and Patrick Schmidt.

Publications forthcoming

Social justice in and through music (edited by Anna Reid, Neal Peres da Costa and Jeanell Carrigan).

Discourses on difference in music education (edited by Alexis Anja Kallio).


Each volume takes one of three forms:

  1. Scholarship, a collection of chapters focused on the theme or aspect of the theme;
  2.  Instructional, a book aimed at the professional music educator providing an essential resource for practitioners; or
  3. A short monograph (40,000 words) addressing a key theme from within a particular area. Collaborative cross-field investigations are encouraged.


Links to the proposal document, reviewer questionnaire and author guidelines are included below. To be included in, contribute to and/or submit a proposal, authors must be, or must become, a member of ISME or its partner organisations (e.g. CMEA).


Questions should be directed by email to the editor-in-chief, Professor Dawn Bennett. 

Global perspectives in music education

Senior editor: Professor Margaret Barrett, University of Queensland

Editorial board:

Rose-Omolo-Ongati (Africa)

Bo-Wah Leung (Asia)

Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (Australia)

Smaro Chrysostomou Europe (South)

Heidi Partti Europe (North)

Patricia Gonzalez-Moreno (Latin America)

Ross Purves (United Kingdom)

Jeananne Nichols (United States)

The series Global perspectives in music education reflects topics of broad and critical interest to music education. The themes are fluid, changing with time and responding to the contemporary issues and need of music educators worldwide.

Specialist themes in music education

Senior editor: Associate Professor Jennifer Rowley, Sydney Conservatorium, The University of Sydney

Editorial board

Emily Akuno (Kenya)

Lily Chen-Hafteck (United States)

Gary McPherson (Australia)

Nigel Marshall  (United Kingdom)  

Koji Matsunobu (Hong Kong)

Adam Świtała (Poland)

Heidi Westerlund (Finland)

The series Specialist themes in music education explores specialist themes addressed by the ISME commissions, forum and standing committee. The designated areas are well established within the Society, with leading experts already leading cutting-edge research, scholarship and educational change.

Areas explored by the membership are listed below; however, the editor welcomes proposals which address boundaried work and new areas of interest.

  • Research Commission
  • Community Music Activity Commission (CMA)
  • Early Childhood Music Education Commission (ECME)
  • Education of the Professional Musician Commission (CEPROM)
  • Commission on Policy: Culture, Education and Media
  • Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC)
  • Music in Special Education and Music Therapy Commission
  • ISME Forum for Instrumental and Vocal Teaching
  • Music History

Special interest groups:

  1. Assessment, measurement and evaluation
  2. Popular music
  3. Applied pedagogies
  4. Spirituality
  5. Integrated music education
  6. Jazz
  7. Sistema
  8. Music technology
  9. Musicians’ health and wellbeing
  10. Musicians’ careers and career preparation
  11. Social justice in and through music

Partnership strand

Senior editor: Professor Susan O’Neill, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

ISME works with partner organisations around the world to enable publications from diverse contexts and across our membership. The first book in the Partnership strand is with the Canadian Music Educators’ Association. We welcome proposals from other ISME Partners including professional associations and organisations.

Canadian Music Educators’ Association/L’Association Canadienne des musiciens éducateurs (CMEA/Acme)

Our collaboration with the CMEA/Acme encourages and enables contributions from CMEA/Acme members.

Editorial board

Editorial boards for the Partnership strand are determined in consultation with partners and the Senior editor


More information including how to buy the books is here.