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ISME has members from over 80 countries across the world, many with long service to the Society and to music education. The Society is run for the benefit of its members by an elected Board of Directors.

Our Members

ISME has different types of paid membership: 

  • Individual,
  • Student (full-time students and for a maximum of four years) 
  • Group membership.

Honorary Life Membership

This is bestowed upon individuals who are recognised for their dedication to the Society and to music education. Honorary Life Membership is conferred by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Board.  

Our Board and Executive

The ISME Board of Directors comprises fifteen members who, during the two years of their appointment, dedicate much of their professional and private time to executing the Society's policies. They represent as many aspects of music education and as many cultural and ethnic groups as possible. Five of them occupy special positions on the Executive in order to create continuity for the Society. They are the President, President Elect, Immediate Past President and two Board Members. By reasons of their position and experience, they are well qualified to develop the course of the Society as set by the General Assembly.

Dr. Smaragda Chrysostomou
Member of the ISME Board MISTEC Commissioner
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Mr. Richard Hallam
Member of the ISME Board and Executive
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Prof. Susan O'Neill
President Elect of ISME
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United Kingdom
Prof. Dawn Bennett
Member of the ISME Board and Executive
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Dr. Peter Webster
Member of ISME Board
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Pakistan
Mr. Arthur Gill
Member of the ISME Board
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Mrs. Margré van Gestel
Member of the ISME Board
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Japan
Koji Matsunobu
Member of ISME Board
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Rose-Anynago Omolo-Ongati
Member of the ISME Board
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Prof. Lee Higgins
President of ISME
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Dr. Chee Hoo Lum
Member of the ISME Board
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Brazil
Dr. Patrick Schmidt
Member of the ISME Board
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South Africa
Dr. Sheila Woodward
Immediate Past President of ISME
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Prof. Ugur Alpagut
Member of the ISME Board
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Dr. Magali Kleber
Member of the ISME Board
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Angela Ruggles
Angela is the Secretary General of ISME
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Sara Hood
Managing ISME's communications, including e-news, social media and website content
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Dr. Ana-Lucía Frega
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Dr. Alex Ruthmann
Commissioner, Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) Member, Music Technology SIG
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Angeliki Triantafyllaki
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Graham Bartle
Honorary Life Member and Special Advisor to the Forum for Instrumental and Vocal Teaching
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John Ritchie
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Ellen Urho
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Dr. José Retra
Commissioner, Early Childhood Music Education Commission
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Ms. Joan Therens
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Hubert Gruber
Convenor Practice and Research in Integrated Music Education (PRIME) SIG
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