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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.

Greece
Dr. Smaragda Chrysostomou
Member of the ISME Board MISTEC Commissioner
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United Kingdom
Mr. Richard Hallam
Member of the ISME Board and Executive
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Canada
Prof. Susan O'Neill
President Elect of ISME Commissioner for the ISME Research Commission
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United Kingdom, Australia
Prof. Dawn Bennett
Member of the ISME Board and Executive
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United States
Dr. Peter Webster
Member of ISME Board
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Pakistan, United Kingdom
Mr. Arthur Gill
Member of the ISME Board
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Netherlands
Mrs. Margré van Gestel
Member of the ISME Board
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Japan, Hong Kong
Dr. Koji Matsunobu
Member of ISME Board
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Kenya
Prof. Rose-Anynago Omolo-Ongati
Member of the ISME Board
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United Kingdom
Prof. Lee Higgins
President of ISME
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Singapore
Dr. Chee Hoo Lum
Member of the ISME Board
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Brazil, Canada
Dr. Patrick Schmidt
Member of the ISME Board
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South Africa, United States
Dr. Sheila Woodward
Immediate Past President of ISME
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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 Secretary General 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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United States
Prof. Evelyn Orman
Chair of the ISME Research Commission
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United States
Dr. Michelle Hairston
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United States
Dr. Patricia St. John
Commissioner and Chair, Early Childhood Music Education Commission
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Ireland
Marie-Louise Bowe
MISTEC
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United States
Paul Lehman
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South Africa, South Africa
Prof. Alethea De Villiers
Commission on Policy: Culture, Education and Media
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United States
Serap Bastepe-Gray
Faculty Research Associate - Peabody Conservatory Musicians Health and Wellness SIG
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Germany
Dr. Alexandra Kertz-Welzel
Co-Chair of the Policy Commission
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Canada
Peter Visentin
Professor of Music - The University of Lethbridge Musicians Health and Wellness SIG
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