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The MISTEC believes that music should be made available to all students in all schools and at all levels by professional music educators. The Commission further supports the premise that teacher education programs should aim to produce highly qualified future music teachers and support their continuous professional development. MISTEC believes in its international role as a body for promoting theoretical and practical innovation, research methodologies and policy development to meet the challenges faced by music educators worldwide.


The mission of MISTEC is to promote and support:

  • the development of research expertise in the field of music teacher education, including the creation of new methodologies;

  • the development of theoretical innovation and new practical approaches for music teacher education;

  • international collaboration between professionals from different regions of the world, including the setting up of joint research projects between different institutions;

  • the exchange of multicultural resources and innovative teaching approaches between ISME members who work in teacher education.

  • policy discussion aiming to share experiences between professionals and institutions from around the world; and

  • colleagues around the world to influence the formation of educational policies so as to ensure that there will be quality music education for all children.

    The above Mission will be achieved by MISTEC through the promotion of activities such as biennial Commission Seminars, ISME World Conferences, the dissemination of research and information through various types of publications, and networking offered to ISME members.

General Information

The Music in Schools and Teacher Education (MISTEC) Commission held its first seminar in Switzerland, in 1976. It is one of the oldest commissions of ISME and concerns itself specifically with music education in schools, curricula, assessment and teacher education.

The ISME Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) seeks to promote and support the effective teaching and learning of music in school settings through increased understanding of curriculum development, instructional practices, and innovations in music teacher education. MISTEC sponsors biennial seminars prior to the ISME World Conference, to provide opportunities for music teacher educators and practicing teachers from around the world to share ideas and discuss issues related to our mission. Papers given at these seminars are subsequently published by the Commission. MISTEC also conducts field-related research.


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08.07.2018 | Events
ISME Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission Pre-Conference Seminar 2018
ISME Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission Pre-Conference Seminar 2018
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Related people
Dr. Smaragda Chrysostomou
Member of the ISME Board MISTEC Commissioner
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Dr. Julie Ballantyne
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Marie-Louise Bowe
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Dr. Bradley Merrick
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United States
Dr. Alex Ruthmann
Commissioner, Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) Member, Music Technology SIG
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Chile, Spain
Dr. María-Cecilia Jorquera-Jaramillo
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Related publications
12.10.2017 | Publications
MISTEC Pre conference seminar proceedings 2016
MISTEC proceedings from the pre conference seminar 2016
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04.07.2016 | Publications
2014 MISTEC Proceedings
Proceedings of the 20th International Seminar of the ISME Music in School and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC), Brazil. 2014
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01.02.2014 | Publications
MISTEC newsletter February 2014
Featuring updates on ISME's anniversary activity, celebrating the history of MISTEC, update on the African Music Education Project and on...
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13.07.2012 | Publications
2012 MISTEC Proceedings
Practising Music Education: Theory and practice of teaching music in schools and universities.
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01.01.2012 | Publications
MISTEC strategic plan 2012 - 2014
The Music in Schools and Teacher Education (MISTEC) Commission held its first seminar in Switzerland, in 1976. It is one...
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