18 September 2023

President Update: ISME World Conference, Together Sing, and Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award

Written by: dev

2024 ISME World Conference Call for Submissions

The 36th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) will be held at the University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland, from 28 July to 2 August 2024. The theme of the conference, Advocacy for Sustainability in Music Education, provides a platform to imagine new ways forward on how music education can advance individual, community and social wellbeing, inclusion, and environmental sustainability. This is an opportunity to showcase the fantastic work of Australian music educators to the world and network with like-minded colleagues from around the globe. Proposals for papers, posters, symposia, and workshops are invited from researchers and practitioners worldwide, and I encourage you to consider attending and presenting. The deadline for the Call for Submissions is 2 October 2023 at 11:59pm US Pacific Time. Don’t miss out!

Together Sing

ASME is proud to partner with the Kodály Qld initiative, Together Sing 2023. Together Sing is a wonderful opportunity for you to promote mental health and music education within your school. Last year, 150,000 singers across Australia and abroad sang, Where We Begin, as part of the initiative.

There are many free resources for you to download, including scores, backing tracks, links to YouTube clips (including singalong videos, boomwhacker play-alongs, and coming soon, Auslan Interpretation), and advocacy resources. Last year, people used the song in many different ways. Some sang it with their classes, some taught it to the whole school and sang it on assembly, some had a choir perform it, and some used it at end-of-year concerts. It is totally up to you where and when you use the song.

Registrations are now open to be part of Together Sing 2023 and to use the song, Fill the World With Song. You can also connect through the dedicated Facebook page and watch the launch recording that was held in Maryborough. I encourage you to get involved!

The Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award

In partnership with Telstra and supported by The Song Room, ARIA recently announced their 2023 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award nominees. This award recognises the incredible contribution of music teachers throughout Australia. Congratulations to Hank Lewerissa (Qld), Jessie Copeman (ACT), Peter Earl (NSW), and Sue Lowry (Qld) who have been selected as finalists. I encourage you to vote and share the incredible work of our colleagues. By celebrating our colleagues, we also highlight the importance of music education and its positive impact on individuals and communities.

With best wishes

Dr Jason Goopy
Australian Society for Music Education

ASME recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first musicians, storytellers and educators of this land. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, acknowledging their ongoing connection to land, sky and waterways