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The International Society for Music Education (ISME)
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The International Society for Music Education (ISME) believes that lived experiences of music, in all their many aspects, are a vital part of the life of all people. ISME’s mission is to enhance those experiences by: building and maintaining a worldwide community of music educators characterised by mutual respect and support; and promoting music education for people of all ages in all relevant situations throughout the world. To build and maintain a worldwide community of music educators the ISME affirms that: there is a need for music education in all cultures; effective music education depends on suitably qualified teachers who are respected and compensated properly for their work. With respect to international and intercultural understandings and cooperation, the ISME believes that: the richness and diversity of the world’s music provides opportunities for intercultural learning and international understanding, cooperation and peace; and in music education everywhere, respect for all kinds of music should be emphasised.