The Research Commission holds as a central value that the theory and practice of music education be underpinned by a strong research evidential base. The Research Commission promotes the development of an inquiry-based approach to the theory and practice of music education that draws on a range of research methods and techniques.
The mission of the ISME Research Commission is to:
The Research Commission accomplishes its mission by providing workshops, lectures, seminars, and demonstrations in different locations in order to build research capacity and to promote research expertise in all regions of the ISME membership. Commission seminars bring together early career and experienced researchers from a broad geographic representation.
The Research Commission seminars bring together a broad range of participants from the various branches of music including music psychology, performance, theory, composition, sociology, and musicology. A common interest in the pursuit of inquiry and scholarship contributes to a learning environment for early career and experienced researchers alike that is characterised by hard work, strong scholarship, and collegiality.
Current Research Commissioners
*commission Co-Chair. All following commissioners are presented in alphabetical order.
Sergio Figueiredo (Bachelor of Composition and Conducting-FAAM, Brazil-, Master in Music Education-Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil-, PhD - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology-RMIT University, Australia) is Associate Professor at the Music Department of the State University of Santa Catarina, UDESC, Brazil. He is a researcher funded by CNPq, a Brazilian agency for research development. His research interests are in school music education, foundations of music education, initial and continuing teacher education (specialists and generalists), assessment in music education and choral music education. He has published in Brazil and other countries. He is a member of the Assessment Commission at the Ministry of Education in Brazil. He was the president of the Brazilian Association of Music Education-ABEM, between 2005 and 2009. Currently he is the co-chair of the ISME Research Commission and a member of the ISME Board (2012-2014).
Spain / United Kingdom
Oscar Odena is Reader at the School of Education, University of Glasgow, UK. He studied primary music education and psychopedagogy in Lleida, Spain, before completing a master's at Glasgow University and a doctorate of philosophy at the Institute of Education, University of London. He serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, British Journal of Music Education, Revista Electrónica Complutense de Investigación en Educación Musical, Revista Internacional de Educación Musical and was Co-editor of Educate~ (2001-2003). Oscar has taught and researched in higher education institutions in Spain, England and Northern Ireland, where he completed a study on the potential of music education projects to diminish cross-community tensions, funded by The Bernard van Leer Foundation. He has served as the UK and Africa Research Commissioner of the International Society for Music Education since 2008 and in the review college of the Irish Research Council since 2010. Publications number over forty peer-reviewed chapters and papers and embrace creativity, social inclusion, professional learning and qualitative research approaches. Publications are mainly in English, but also in Spanish, Catalan and Italian. He recently co-edited with Gary Spruce the section on 'Music learning and teaching during adolescence' in The Oxford handbook of music education (Oxford University Press). His latest work is a book entitled Musical creativity published by Ashgate.
Graça Boal Palheiros
Graça is a lecturer at the School of Education-Porto Polytechnic since 1985, teaching undergraduate and post- graduate courses in Music Education, Psychology and Therapy. She is coordinator of the Master in ME. She obtained a PhD in Music Psychology and an MA in Music Education (London, UK), a BA in Music Pedagogy (Louvain, Belgium), and graduated in Psychology and Piano (Porto, Portugal). Graça is President of APEM (Portuguese Association of Music Education-ISME) 2006-2010, having served APEM since 1990. She is also co-founder and President of AWPM (Wuytack Association for Music Pedagogy) since 1992. She works at two research centres, is editor of Educação Musical (APEM), co-editor of Música, Psicologia e Educação (CIPEM) and advisory member of Eufonía (Spain). She has published books and articles, some as co-author with Jos Wuytack, presented at ISME and other conferences, and taught in several countries. She is currently involved in research on music teaching.
Bo Wah Leung
Bo Wah Leung is award winning professor of music for his research in incorporating Cantonese opera into formal music curriculum. Currently Associate Professor of Music Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd), Leung received the prestigious Musical Rights Award from the International Music Council in 2011 as well as the Knowledge Transfer Award from the HKIEd for his leadership in a research project entitled "Collaborative Project on Teaching Cantonese Opera in Primary and Secondary Schools". During his tenure in HKIEd, he has also made significant achievement in developing pedagogy in creative music making for Hong Kong schools. This important research has been resulted in a publication of teaching kit of "Creating Music Making in Schools" and a series of music textbooks for the use of Hong Kong schools. Leung has published research papers in leading journals and edited books including the International Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, and the Oxford Handbook of Music Education. His Chinese book "Teaching Creative Music Making: New trend for the new century" (Excellence Pub., 2005) is Hong Kong's first and only publication of creativity in music teaching and learning. Leung also serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at the Northeast Normal University of China, Board Member of International Society for Music Education (ISME), Board Member of Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (APSMER), founding President of the Hong Kong Association of Music Education, founding co-editor of Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, and reviewer of the International Journal of Music Education.
Susan O'Neill is an Associate Professor in Arts Education in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She has been working in the area of musical development and artistic learning for over 20 years with an emphasis on fostering youth music engagement in ways that explore and contribute to expansive learning opportunities, motivation, positive values, well-being, personal and social identities, intergenerational relationships, digital media and multimodal creative collaborations, and cultural understandings. She is Director of Research for Youth, Music and Education (RYMEyouth.com), MODAL Research Group (Multimedia Opportunities and Diversity in Artistic Learning), and the Arts Matter Learning Projects. She has been awarded visiting fellowships at the University of Michigan, USA (2001-03) and the University of Melbourne, Australia (2012). She is Senior Editor of the Canadian Music Educators' Association (CMEA) Biennial Book Series, Research to Practice. She has published widely in the fields of music psychology, positive youth development, artistic learning, and music education, including contributions to ten edited books published by Oxford University Press.
Evelyn K. Orman
United States of America
Evelyn K. Orman is Professor of Music Education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She teaches courses in Music Education, Music Education Technology, Philosophy of Music Education, and most recently Psychology of Music. Dr Orman’s research publications appear in leading journals for Music Education, Band Research, Distance Education, and Music Therapy and she regularly presents results of her research at professional meetings including the National Association for Music Education, the International Symposium for Research in Music Behavior, and the International Society of Music Education Research Commission and World Conference. She has served on the editorial board for Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Research in Music Education. She has presented results of her research throughout the United States as well as in Portugal, Italy, China, Spain, and Greece. Professor Orman has served as director of bands at the middle school and high school levels and taught at the University of West Alabama and George Mason University following advanced study from the National Conservatory of Music, Bordeaux, France and degrees from Murray State University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Alabama, where she completed the Ed.D. in music education.