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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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01.08.2014 | 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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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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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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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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Inclusive band at ISME Pre Conference Seminar for Special Ed Commission
11.09.2018 | News
Report from ISME Pre Conference Seminar: Special Music Education and Music Therapy
During July 2018, 61 special music education and music therapy practitioners held the 22nd ISME Commission on Special Music Education...
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About

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 was known as the Commission on Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Music Medicine).

The Commission aims to promote the role of music to foster physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being across the lifespan by:

  • Providing an international forum for the exchange of ideas within special music education, music therapy and other related professional fields, and their place within different cultural contexts
  • Increasing the visibility of research and best practice within special music education, music therapy and other related professional fields
  • Stimulating international research networking and the initiation of international practice and education projects between commission members
  • Sharing contemporary technologies, equipment, and methodologies that enhance the musical lives of children and adults requiring special support
  • Providing support via networking for music educators, music therapists, and others in related professional fields
  • Informing funders and policy makers and advocating about the role of music for children and adults requiring special support

Vision

The Commission’s vision is to:

  • Promote understanding of the unique roles and scope of special music education and music therapy in different countries and regions of the world
  • Promote the interdisciplinary exchange of how to best meet the music, education and health needs of children and adults requiring special support
  • Share international perspectives on the current research in special music education, music therapy and other related professional fields
  • Nurture musical talent in children and adults requiring special support by sharing international practice, research and training initiatives
  • Improve professional training and education of practitioners working in special music education and music therapy
  • To promote the educational, therapeutic and health benefits of music across the lifespan
  • Promote and advocate for students requiring special support to ensure they are afforded the same quality music education and access to music more generally as that of typically developing students
  • Share international practice, research and training initiatives around special music education, music therapy and other related professional fields

Mission

The Commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy strives to contribute to any field of practice that examines the relationship between music, education, health, and well-being through the promotion of inter-disciplinary dialogue and exchange between practitioners and scholars.

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Dr. Giorgos Tsiris
Giorgos Tsiris, PhD, is the Arts Lead at St Columba’s Hospice and Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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United States
Dr. Kimberly VanWeelden
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Australia
Mr. Matthew Breaden
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Netherlands
Prof. melissa bremmer
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Taiwan, Taiwan
Dr. Wei-Chun Wang
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United States
Dr. Michelle Hairston
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Austria
Dr. Erik Esterbauer
Dr. Erik Esterbauer is assistant professor in the area of music and dance in social work and inclusive pedagogy at the Orff Institute of the...
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Inclusive band at ISME Pre Conference Seminar for Special Ed Commission
11.09.2018 | News
Report from ISME Pre Conference Seminar: Special Music Education and Music Therapy
During July 2018, 61 special music education and music therapy practitioners held the 22nd ISME Commission on Special Music Education...
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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...
Go to publication
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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Past events
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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