Wednesday, 8 August 2012

the 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education (15-20 July 2012, Thessaloniki, Greece)

30th World Conference: 15th - 20th July 2012

ISME celebrated another successful biennium, with the hosting of the 30th ISME World conference on Music Education. ISME members, family and partners gathered in Thessaloniki, Greece, from July 15-20 for ISME's 2012 biennial World conference on music education. This was the 30th such conference convened since the inception of ISME in 1953. Hearty congratulations go out to the Conference Organising Group, led by Polyvios Androutsos and the Greek Society for Music Education, GSME (May Kokkidou, President) who were the hosting association.

The world conference was preceded by the 7 ISME Commissions' international seminars in Athens, Corfu, Komotini and Thessaloniki. The Forum for Instrumental and Vocal teaching held very successful sessions throughout the World Conference. In a pilot initiative, 9 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) held sessions at the World Conference. These were organised to focus on a variety of themes and areas of academic and professional concern under the themes: New Professionals; Active Music Making; Assessment Measurement and Evaluation; El Sistema; Jazz; Spirituality and Music Education; Technology; Musicians Health and Wellness; and Practice and Research in Integrated Music Education.

The Society's three major sponsors NAMM, Gibson and SEMPRE have supported ISME in many ways over the past biennium including sponsorship of the World and Regional conferences (NAMM), sponsorship of the 2012 ISME Gibson Awards, and individual sponsorship of delegates to the World Conference (SEMPRE). The partnerships with these organisations enable ISME to make a mark in music education where it is needed most and contribute to the success of the World Conference.

For some pictures from the conference visit the GSME website (

Also slideshows to the following links: