The ISME Practice and Research in Integrated Music Education Special Interest Group was formed in 2006 at the ISME World Conference in Kuala Lumpur. The founders were Markus Cslovjecsek from (Switzerland), Liora Bresler (USA/Israel), Koji Matsunobu (Japan), Joan Russell (Canada), Frits Evelein (Netherlands) and Discussant Kari Veblen (Canada/USA).
The mission of the PRIME SIG is to contribute to the advancement of the discourse in music education by stimulating discussion of the theoretical, philosophical, methodological and applied issues around the topics of curriculum integration, integration of other cultures and musical traditions, of stakeholders involved, and also integration of new teaching approaches and tools in music education.
PRIME’s aim is to integrate music as an indispensable aspect of education, taking into consideration all the facets of integrated education.
The PRIME SIG accomplishes its mission by:
- Meeting at a number of international and regional conferences including AERA, RIME, EAS, HEP Vaud and FHHW
- Curating a series of world conference presentations that are designed to take forward best practice
- Meetings at the ISME world conferences
- Co-operative research and development projects
- Student-teacher exchanges between universities