Undergirding the vision of the ISME Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician is the belief that any discussion or action pertaining to the education and training of professional musicians must be sensitive to the roles and status that musicians have in various societies and cultures. Of equal importance is the attention to the value systems in those societies and cultures that drive the choices concerning music, education, and the arts in a broader sense.
The mission of the ISME Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician is to engage in and promote a variety of activities in international and local settings that:
- focus on the professional musician as one who accepts responsibility for advancing and disseminating music as an integral part of life, and whose engagement with music reflects perception, understanding, appreciation, and mastery in a manner that conveys meaning to people
- foster the recognition of the many modes of educating and training musicians as practised by various societies and cultures
- emphasise strategies through which educators can prepare musicians for the continually changing role of the musician in various contexts, societies and cultures
- raise awareness and develop an appreciation of matters pertaining to the general health and welfare of musicians