Anna Reid, Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s head of school and dean, is one of five councillors who have been elected to the newly established Global Music Education League based at the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing. The League was created at a three-day assembly of the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education at the China Conservatory in September. Present were heads of tertiary music teaching institutions from 16 countries, including the United States, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands, Thailand, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
Reid joins colleagues from the Eastman School of Music and University of Chicago in the US, Finland’s Sibelius Academy and the China Conservatory of Music to steer the new organisation during its first five years.
She said the League, which is headquartered at the China Conservatory, will enhance Sydney Con’s reputation internationally and will “expand our connections, cultural outreach and student mobility beyond these two continents”.
A non-government organisation, the Global Music Education League describes its aim as seeking to increase cooperation between music education institutions worldwide, and developing music education across teaching, research, creativity and performance. Setting up exchange programs and holding international music competitions will be part of its range of activity. Find its Draft Charter here.
GMEL supplements the well-established International Society for Music Education (ISME) that was founded in 1953 as a UNESCO-sponsored organisation. With its membership spread across more than 80 countries, ISME holds conferences every two years – this year it was in Glasgow, and the next will be in Azerbaijan in 2018. Currently ISME is headquartered in Malvern, Melbourne. The Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) is an affiliate organisation.