England Music History

August 26, 2017
BOSTON, MA - MAY 30: Steven
Gordon Cox


The mission of the History Standing Committee is to identify and create opportunities to celebrate and showcase the history of the Society and music education internationally. To accomplish this mission, the work of the committee will include:

  • acting as a liaison between the ISME Board and the Curator of the Special Collections in Performing Arts at the UMD where the ISME Archives are housed;
  • encouraging ISME officers to submit materials to the ISME Archives;
  • submitting all documents created by the Committee to the Archives;
  • and soliciting grants for developing and maintaining the Archives.
  • recommending policies, guidelines and criteria to the BOD on how ISME may effectively document the history of the Society and music education internationally;
  • planning and offering history sessions at the ISME biennial world Conference;
  • maintaining and updating a history section within the ISME website;
  • producing historical materials that can be disseminated in ISME publications, journals, newsletters and the ISME web;
  • interviewing prominent music educators worldwide, so that their contribution can be properly recognized and documented in articles and resources produced by the Society;
  • serving as a resource for ISME members who are interested in historical aspects of music education internationally; and
  • developing closer ties with national organizations and other networks that have an interest in historical issues in music education internationally.

Committee Members

*committee Chair. All following committee members are presented in alphabetical order.

Gordon Cox*

United Kingdom

Gordon Cox studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and taught for some years in England and Canada. He received his MA in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and his PhD in music education from the University of Reading. He retired in 2007 as senior lecturer in music education at Reading. His main research interest is in the history of music education, and his books include A History of Music Education in England 1872-1928 (1993), and Living Music in Schools 1923-1999 (2002). His most recent publication is The Origins and Foundations of Music Education (2010), co-edited with Robin Stevens, which arose from a symposium organised by the History Standing Committee at the ISME conference in Bologna in 2008.Benon Kigozi Gordon has presented papers and organised symposia at the ISME World conferences in the UK (1982), South Africa (1998), Norway (2000), Spain (2004), Malaysia (2006), Italy (2008), and China (2010). He has also presented at the ISME Research Commission meetings in Coral Lake, Magaliesburg, Salt Lake City and Gothenburg. He is a former co-editor of the British Journal of Music Education, and currently a member of a number of editorial boards.

Dina Grätzer


Dina Grätzer studied music at the Collegium Musicum de Buenos Aires, where she gained her degree in Music Education before completing her Masters degree in Music Didactic at C.A.E.C.E. University. Dr Grätzer's thesis was an historical overview of Music Education in Buenos Aires City (Argentina) between 1946-1958. She was Head of the Children's Department at the Collegium Musicum, and after her retirement she was appointed as Pedagogical Adviser. The Recorder became her principal instrument, playing all over the country as a member of Renaissance and Baroque Consorts. Dr Grätzer has been an ISME member...

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