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SFU Faculty of Education professor new ISME President-Elect

August 08, 2016

SFU Faculty of Education professor, Dr. Susan O’Neill has been named as the new President-Elect for the International Society for Music Education (ISME) for the term, 2016–2018. Dr. O’Neill’s research focuses on multimodal learning (MODAL Research Group), musical learning (Research for Youth, Music and Education) and youth engagement and related aspects of young people’s perspectives, experiences, valuing, identities, wellbeing, learning relationships, and cultural understandings.   



  • Is affiliated to the International Music Council and UNESCO
  • Is present in over eighty countries
  • Is the premiere international organisation for music education
  • Respects all musics and all cultures
  • Believes that every individual has a right to music education


Read Dr. O'Neill's personal statement upon the announcement of her election:

Music making in its many diverse and dynamic forms needs dedicated and proactive support – locally and globally – focused on increasing and providing access to quality music education for people of all ages. I share ISME’s vision and mission to enhance life-long and life-changing musical experiences by building and sustaining a worldwide community of music educators who are united in their mutual respect and support for making the benefits of music education widely understood.

I am committed to serving the members of ISME by working to further the organization’s goals and strengthening ISME’s impact and reach. I will bring to this leadership role my extensive international and interdisciplinary expertise, my proven record of developing and leading partnerships and innovative projects and initiatives, and my wide-ranging experience as an advocate, researcher and practitioner in music education.

Building on the positive momentum of the past and current leadership, I will participate in collaborative and reflective actions aimed at seeking opportunities and funding sources that will engage current and new partners and expand the diversity of the membership. I will encourage intercultural and interdisciplinary sharing of effective and inspiring music education practices and innovations that will enable music educators from around the world to connect, communicate, challenge, energize, and inspire each other.

Music educators share common aspirations for making music opportunities meaningful, engaging, and capable of enriching people’s lives. Together, we can heighten our efforts to address challenges and embrace opportunities in the present while also strengthening and enriching ISME’s potential for the future. 

– Dr. Susan O'Neill

Please join us in congratulating Dr. O’Neill!

Read the press release here.