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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.

United States, United States
Dr. Jody Kerchner
Dr.Kerchner is the secondary-school music and choral music education specialist at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She is also founder and conductor of the Oberlin...
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Greece
Dr. Smaragda Chrysostomou
Member of the ISME Board MISTEC Commissioner
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Canada
Prof. Susan O'Neill
President of ISME
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Kenya
Dr. Elizabeth Andang'o
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United States
Dr. Peter Webster
Member of ISME Board
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Japan
Dr. Mari Shiobara
ISME Board member since 2018
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United Kingdom, United States
Dr. Gareth Dylan Smith
Chair of the Popular Music Education SIG
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Kenya
Prof. Emily Achieng' Akuno
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United Kingdom
Prof. Lee Higgins
President of ISME
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Canada, Canada
Dr. Roger Mantie
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Brazil, Canada
Dr. Patrick Schmidt
Member of the ISME Board
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Turkey
Prof. Ugur Alpagut
Member of the ISME Board
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Brazil
Dr. Magali Kleber
Member of the ISME Board
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United Kingdom
Angela Ruggles
Angela is the Chief Executive of ISME
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Australia
Ms. Sara Hood
Managing ISME's communications, including e-news, social media and website content
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Finland
Dr. Partti Heidi
Commissioner of the Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician (CEPROM)
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Australia
Dr. Donna Weston
Convenor of the Popular Music Education SIG
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