I joined the International Society of Music Educators (ISME) mid-last year. I did this to become part of a larger music education community. One that transcends national boundaries. As many of you know, I am trying to get as many musicians and educators talking about what they do, why they do, and join a “global conversation” about our field. ISME is trying to do just that…
Part of the ISME website includes a list to a number of FANTASTIC music advocacy articles. There are over two dozen articles written by some of the finest music minds of our time. These articles are free to download and view and you do not need to be a member of ISME to access them. Reading articles like these will provide a real basis for music educators and musicians to be able to answer the questions posed to us as to why music is important!
Others and I have written a lot about music advocacy here on https://www.mustech.net. View our advocacy and advocacy related articles here and page back through them, you will find a lot of “great stuff” in those articles:
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Here are the titles and authors of the music advocacy articles that can be found at ISME:
1: Music Education as a Powerful Stimulus for Brain Plasticity
Eckart Altenmüller: Full professor at the Institute for Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine University for Music and Drama, Hanover, Germany
2: Brief Comments on Music Education Advocacy
Wayne Bowman: Professor, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba Canada
3: Road Rage and Musical Community
Nicholas Cook, FBA: Research Professor of Music, University of Southampton, UK
4: The Functions of Music in Education
Elliot Eisner: Lee Jacks Professor of Education and Professor of Art, Stanford University
5: Music Education and Advocacy
David J. Elliott: Professor, New York University
6: Belonging, Being, and Promoting Music in Education
J. Terry Gates
7: Children Need Music
Wilfried Gruhn: Emeritus Professor of Music Education, University of Music Freiburg, Germany
7: Children Need Music (Deutsche)
Wilfried Gruhn: Emeritus Professor, Musikhochschule Freiburg,Germany
8: The Power of Music
Susan Hallam: Institute of Education, University of London
9: Music in the Formal School Program
Jack Heller: Professor Emeritus, School of Music, The University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
10: Why Study Music?
Don Hodges: Institute for Music Research, University of Texas at San Antonio
11: Why Music Education?
Jere T. Humphreys: School of Music, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona,USA
12: Why Study Music in School?
Paul R. Lehman: Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor;
Past President, MENC: The National Association for Music Education;
Honorary Life Member, International Society for Music Education
13: Why is Music Important?
Besa Luzha: University of Prishtina, Faculty of Arts, Music Department, Kosovo
14: Why Does Our Profession Need Advocacy?
Michael L. Mark: Emeritus Professor of Music, Towson University
15: A Rationale for Music Education
Clifford K. Madsen: Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, Center for Music Research, The Florida State University
16: Why Teach Music in School?
Janet Mills: Research Fellow, Royal College of Music, London
17: An Ethnomusicological Perspective
Bruno Nettl: Professor Emeritus of Musicology, The University of Illinois
18: The Experience of Music
George Odam: Emeritus Professor of Music Education, Bath Spa University College
Research Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, England
19: A Music Pedagody Credo
Bengt Olsson: Professor i musikpedagogik, Musikhögskolan, Göteborg, Sweden
20: The Nature of Music
Isabelle Peretz: University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada
21: On the Value of “School Music”
Tom Regelski: Distinguished Professor Emeritus, SUNY Fredonia NY
Docent, University of Helsinki, Finland
22: The Danger of Music Education Advocacy
Bennett Reimer: Emeritus Professor, School of Music, Northwestern University, Chicago
23: A Worthy Function for Music in Education
Robert Walker: The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
24: We Are Musical
Graham F Welch: Chair and Professor of Music Education, Institute of Education, University of London
25: ISME Hooked for Life
26: Lights, Camera, Action: ISME in Malaysia 2006
All of these articles can be found here (you can print and email them to your friends as well):