ISME 2018 PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINAR: SPECIAL MUSIC EDUCATION AND MUSIC THERAPY COMMISSION - for more information go here.
The commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy was established in order to contribute to the progressive development of special music education, music therapy, music in special education and other related fields of practice which examine the relationship between music, health, public health and well-being. The commission seeks to promote inter-disciplinary communication and exchange between practitioners and scholars who are involved in these fields. The commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy was established 1974 (and until 2014 it was known as “The commission on Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Music Medicine”).
- to promote and advocate for students in need of special support —to ensure they are afforded the same quality music education and practices as that of typical developing students;
- to share international perspectives on the current research in special music education and music therapy;
- to enhance the quality of life for all children and adults in need of special support by sharing international practices in special music education and music therapy;
- to improve professional training/education of practitioners working in special music education and music therapy;
In order to promote music in the lives of all children and adults in need of special support our mission is to:
- provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas regarding the educational and therapeutic professions, and their place within each country's musical culture;
- increase the visibility of international research and best practices in the fields of special music education and music therapy;
- stimulate international research connections and the initiation of international practice and education projects (e.g. exchange programs) between commission members;
- share contemporary technologies and products that enhance the musical lives of children and adults in need of special support;
- provide support for music educators and music therapists new to their professions via mentoring in both research and best practices, networking at seminar meetings and the world conference; as well as, between meetings;
- inform those responsible for funding and policy making of the significance of music for children and adults in need of special support