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Electronic Postcard #19 - January 2005 from THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR MUSIC EDUCATION (ISME) ================================================= Contents: 1. INTERNATIONAL OFFICE - January 2005 1. TSUNAMI MESSAGES 1. ISME MUSIC STANDS - CAN YOU SOLVE THE MYSTERY? 2. KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - 16-21 July ISME 2006 3. AEC - Thematic Network 4. PASMAE CONFERENCE 5-10 JULY 2005. 5. INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL (IMC) NEWS 6. Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) Youth Music 7. Sir Malcolm Arnold Honoured Back copies of ISME Electronic Postcards About These Postcards ================================================= 1. ISME INTERNATIONAL OFFICE

THANKS! The ISME International Office wishes to thank many of you who sent us greetings for the festive season. We thank you, and appreciate your thoughts. We will continue to do our best for you and music education in 2005. Judy, Jo-anne, Steve and Christine TSUNAMI: Messages of condolences were sent to all affected countries where ISME has members, on behalf of the ISME Board and ISME members. Several individual ISME Members contaced us with concern for the well-being of our colleagues/friends and their families. * MESSAGE from a member in SRI LANKA: This is to thank the ISME Board & all ISME friends around the world for extending their sympathies at this time of our sorrow.

It is still like a bad dream, we find it difficult to face the reality. I have lost several relations and very close friends. Families have just got washed away. Some are missing and we are hoping that would turn up some day!. * MESSAGE from our colleagues in MALAYSIA:

The organising committee of ISME2006 would like to thank everyone for their care and concern for the Malaysian ISME members over the recent tsunami disaster. We would like to take this opportunity to assure everyone that we in Kuala Lumpur were not affected by the tsunami and are all in good health. The northern part of Malaysia generally suffered the brunt of the tsunami, but even then, we are most fortunate that the severity of destruction did not equal that experienced by Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. Our total death total stands at 68. Malaysia suffered secondary hits because of its geographical location. In addition, the shallow waters of the Straits of Malacca meant that the water was travelling at a much slower rate than it normally would under such conditions. The tragedy took the whole nation by shock, as Malaysia has never experienced a disaster of this nature. Work to rebuild the parts of Malaysia that were destroyed and efforts to help those who suffered rebuild their lives are well under way. As of now, the organizing committee continues our work on the conference as before and are very much looking forward to meeting everyone in 2006. ISME MUSIC STANDS - CAN YOU SOLVE THE MYSTERY? At our 1996 conference in Amsterdam, the local hosts commissioned from an artist and presented to ISME a beautiful wood and iron music stand, a picture of which was also made into a souvenir postcard. The hosts of the 1998 Pretoria conference thought to start a possible new ISME tradition on

this basis, and so they commissioned a colourful beaded South African music stand. This was also officially presented to ISME, and a postcard was again made of the stand, this time with a typical mauve background, reminiscent of Pretoria's famous jacarandas. The tradition was continued by our Edmonton hosts, after which it ceased, possibly because of the relocation of the ISME office, and the difficulty of tranporting such stands around the world. We know the fate of the Edmonton stand, but where are those from Amsterdam and Pretoria?? Any of you able to solve this mystery can be awarded with special ISME Detective Status! -------------------------------------2. KUALA LUMPUR, 16-21 July MALAYSIA - ISME 2006: Click on this link to get the latest Conference information. -------------------------------------3. AEC - Thematic Network French and German versions available on the ISME website:

CREATION OF NEW EUROPEAN THEMATIC NETWORK FOR MUSIC EDUCATION AND TRAINING ‘POLIFONIA’ A unique new European initiative has been created in the field of music education and training: the Thematic Network for Music ‘Polifonia’. ‘Polifonia’ will be coordinated jointly by the Malmö Academy of Music – Lund University and the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Academies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC). ‘Polifonia’ will receive support by the European Union in the framework of the ERASMUS Programme, the chapter for higher education of the EU programme for education SOCRATES.

The partnership in ‘Polifonia’ involves more than 60 organisations in professional music training and the music profession in 32 European countries in an intensive 3-year work programme starting on 1 October. The project will have the following objectives: •• To initiate a ‘Tuning’ process in the field of professional music training. The ‘Tuning’ process is aimed at developing proposals for descriptions of learning outcomes and competencies for 1st (Bachelor) and 2nd (Master) study cycles in higher education and their use in curriculum development and quality assurance processes. The Bachelor- Master structure is currently being established all over Europe in the framework of the Bologna Declaration Process •• To gather information about systems for music education in the various European countries. This information should include data on professional music training systems in higher education, but also on other types of music education •• To gather information about developments in the music profession (in particular in relation to rare competencies on one hand and completely new competencies on the other), which might have an impact on the development of music training programmes. ‘Polifonia’ will also see the participation of music students, publish various documents in relation to the project objectives, organise working group meetings, seminars and congress presentations, and maintain a project website.

ERASMUS Thematic Networks are designed to deal with forward-looking, strategic reflection on scientific, educational and institutional issues in the main disciplines in higher education at European level. It is a significant achievement that music has managed to position itself into the Thematic Network system among large academic disciplines such as medicine, engineering, law and language studies. ‘Polifonia’ will co-operate closely with the ‘Quality Network’ coordinated by the ‘Akademia Teatralna im. Aleksandra Zelwerowicza’ in Warsaw and the European League of Institutes for the Arts – ELIA, which will initiate activities in other art disciplines. For more information about this European initiative in the field of music, please contact Mr Martin Prchal (TN coordinator and AEC Chief Executive) at the AEC Office (email:, telephone + 31/302361242, website: or Mr Johannes Johansson (TN contractor and director Malmö Academy of Music – Lund University) at ----------------------------------------------------4. PASMAE CONFERENCE 5-10 JULY 2005: MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE Information on the forthcoming PASMAE conference can be accessed in the PASMAE website: ----------------------------------------------------5. INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL (IMC) NEWS News Bulletin Issue No 30, December 2004:

----------------------------------------------------6. Jeunesses Musicales International: ----------------------------------------------------7. Sir Malcolm Arnold Honoured: <>Click here to see the actual media release in PDF format The eminent composer Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE has been honoured with the Incorporated Society of Musicians始 Distinguished Musician Award for 2004. The ISM established its Distinguished Musician Award in 1976, as a means by which the profession could acknowledge the outstanding contribution of a colleague to British musical life. Previous recipients have been Sir Alexander Gibson, Sir William Walton, Sir Peter Pears, Sir Adrian Boult, Sir James Galway, Jacqueline du Pre, Janet Craxton, Sir Michael Tippett, Sir Reginald Goodall, Sir Charles Groves, Sir Simon Rattle, Norman Del Mar, Witold Lutoslawski, Julian Bream, Sir Colin Davis, George Malcolm, Christopher Hogwood, Sir David Willcocks, Dame Fanny Waterman, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Charles Mackerras and John McCabe.

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