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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”).

Vision

  • 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;

Mission

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
Coming up
Special needs and music
12.07.2018 | Events
ISME Music in Special Education and Music Therapy Commission Pre-Conference Seminar 2018
ISME Music in Special Education and Music Therapy Commission Pre-Conference Seminar 2018 to be held in Salzburg, Austria.
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Related people
United States
Ms. Melita Belgrave
Special Music Education and Music Therapy Commission
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Finland
Mr. Markku Kaikkonen
Chair of the Special Music Education and Music Therapy Commission
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United Kingdom
Mr. Giorgos Tsiris
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United States
Dr. Kimberly VanWeelden
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Taiwan
Dr. Wei-Chun Wang
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Related publications
Young student playing music with her teacher
12.12.2016 | Publications
ISME Commission on Special Education and Music Therapy 2016
The report of proceedings from the 21st international seminar of the ISME Commission on Special Education and Music Therapy.
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13.01.2016 | Publications
Exceptional Music Pedagogy for Children with Exceptionalities: International Perspectives
Coming directly out of collaborations made through the ISME Commission for Special Music Education and Music Therapy, including 6 past...
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01.08.2014 | Publications
2014 Special Education Commission Proceedings
Proceedings of the 20th International Seminar of the ISME Commission on Music in Special Education, Music Therapy, and Music Medicine
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30.10.2013 | Publications
Special Education Commission Newsletter Fall 2013
Featuring reminders about the paper sub-mission process, updates in the developing plans for our commission meeting, as well as some...
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01.07.2013 | Publications
Special Education Commission Newsletter July 2013
Featuring information about upcoming international music therapy conferences, several useful resources, and commission news.
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01.12.2012 | Publications
Special Education Commission Newsletter December 2012
Featuring an overview of ISME- for those of our readers new to our organization; a summary of our successful commission...
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