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ANNOUNCEMENTS IHME BLOG General References Historical Research Methods Music Education in Antiquity Richard Hawkins' Hist of Music Ed (Sutori) Guido d'Arezzo (Guido Monaco) Glover's Norwich Sol-fa Method Mainzer's Fixed Do Method Waite's Tonic Numeral Method Hullah's Fixed Do Method Curwen's Tonic Sol-fa Method [Notable International Music Educators] ISME History (McCathy) History Standing Committee Symposia NAfME History Special Interest Group Journal of Historical Research in Music Ed Bulletin of Hist Research in Music Ed William Lee's Music Ed History website Music Collections - Univ of Maryland National Overview Contributors

About this Website

This project, initiated in 2011 by the History Standing Committee of the International Society for Music Education, is an attempt to  provide music educators and music education researchers with a series of country-specific history of music education profiles that will  represent a source of both information, references and additional resources. Each of the national profiles—which will be progressively added to over time to include as many ISME-affiliated countries as  possible—will include an historical overview (a summary of the major developments, some including a timeline of significant events),  or one or more key reference(s) (published article or book chapter sources), or an external website for each country. In addition,  some national profiles will also include a listing of representative bibliographic sources including theses, journal articles, conference  papers and other documentation of the history of music in educational settings in the various countries. Some national profiles may  also include information about prominent music educators (including portraits and brief biographies) for the particular country. Information for the respective national profiles pages has been provided by music education historians who have been nominated by  the ISME-affiliated national associations / societies of music education in the various countries. These countries are listed in the left-  hand and centre columns below. Where a national profile is not yet available but there is a key reference (such as a published article or book chapter) available, this has been cited, together with a link to the journal or book source. It is hoped that, as the discipline of  music education history becomes better established in ISME-affiliated countries, more national profiles will be added to the  International History of Music Education website. Note that with the exception of some bibliographic resources for specific countries  that may be available on the national profile pages of this website, all content will be in the English language. For non-English speaking users, translation facilities available within web browsers may facilitate the reading of these webpages in your local national language. Other resource websites/webpages related to history of music education are accessible via the table on the right hand side of the  page. Related articles available on Wikipedia may also have been included and there may also be links to other websites which are  either in place pending material to be supplied by national historians or that provide additional information. The following icons are  used for links to these external resources:                                 Wikipedia articles                                     Other websites      Downloadable PDF files  Note that links in the index columns below in square brackets are not yet available.  If you are able to provide additional links to relevant material or have feedback on any aspect of this website, please email the editor /  developer, Dr Robin Stevens (Principal Fellow, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne), at the following  email address: This website was last updated on 11 Febraury 2024. .
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9 February 2024
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