Participation in meaningful, developmental, and enriching music experiences is fundamental to being human. Engagement in music-making individually and collectively provides us with a means to make meaning, to communicate, build understandings, and to raise and explore questions about our worlds. As the global organization for music education the ISME plays a crucial role in promoting access to music participation and learning in its many diverse forms, and assisting every one of us to reach our potential in and through music. The ISME’s unique structure of conferences, projects, and commissions brings together an international community of music educators to pursue issues of individual and collective interest, to identify problems in the theory and practice of music education, and, work collaboratively to find new and enriching ways to address these. The ISME serves more than its membership through its powerful links to music and arts organisations across the world, its capacity and potential to increase awareness and participation in music globally, and as a means to effecting positive change for individuals and their communities in and through music. The ISME’s emphasis on developing a global community that works collectively to promote music education and ensure that the benefits of music education are widely understood is a major factor in its success. I am committed to working to further the ISME’s goals and develop the aims and reach of the organisation.
Margaret Barrett is Professor and Head of the School of Music at The University of Queensland and has held positions as Professor of Music and Arts Education and Director of Research, in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania. Margaret’s record of service to music education includes: Discipline writer (Music), The Australian National Curriculum (2011); Chair of the Asia Pacific Symposium of Music Education Research (2009–2011); National President of the Australian Society for Music Education (1999–2001); National Vice- President for the Australian Society for Music Education (1997–1999); and, Chair of the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Society for Music Education (1997–1999). Margaret has convened major conferences and symposia in music education including the 2nd Asia- Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (February 1999), co-con- vened the 1st and 2nd international conferences in Narrative Inquiry in Music Education, and, in November 2010 will co-convene the 3rd International Conference in Narrative Inquiry in Music and Education (Brisbane, 2010). She has served as editor of Research Studies in Music Education, and Associate Editor of Psychology of Music, and published extensively in the field. Recent publications include: Narrative Inquiry in Music Education: Troubling Certainty (with Sandra Stauffer, Springer, 2009). She has held visiting professorships at a range of institutions, including the Institute of Education, University of London, and the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. Margaret has been an ISME member since 1988, and presented to the Research Commission (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006) and to ISME conferences (1990, 1992, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2008).