DWFoM at International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education - 2017 Symposium

The International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education was founded at the Philosophy of Music Education International Symposium 5 at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, U.S.A., June 4-7, 2003 with Estelle Jorgensen (U.S.A.) and Frede Nielsen (Denmark) as co-chairs. Since 1990, nine international symposia have been held in Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A. (1990), Toronto, Canada (1994), Los Angeles, U.S.A. (1997), Birmingham, U.K. (2000), Lake Forest, Illinois, U.S.A. (2003), Hamburg, Germany (2005), London, Ontario, Canada (2007), Helsinki, Finland (2010) and New York, U.S.A (2013). These symposia have attracted philosophers, musicians, teachers, and others interested in the philosophy of music education from around the world to discuss important matters concerning music teaching and learning.

The 2017 symposium brought together a diverse array of international philosophers, scholars, teachers, teacher educators, and performers interested in engaging in philosophical research concerning music education. The symposium sought to encourage and stimulate discussion on a wide range of topics relating to the philosophy of music education from international and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Dean Betty Anne Younker responded to Paul Woodford’s paper “Harperland and American neoconservative disdain for music and the arts.”

Paul Woodford, also presented “On ‘The End of History’ and the Global Decline of Music Education.” (Woodford served as co-chair of the Executive Committee of ISPME from 2005 – 2007, which, in addition to his two year commitment to running the organization, included organizing and hosting the 2007 ISPME symposium here at Western University in 2007.)

Patrick Schmidt and Cathy Benedict sat on a panel with two other scholars from Greece and Sweden: Navigating Assessment: The Unending–And Unnervingly Narrow–Terrain. Benedict also responded to a paper written by Estelle Jorgensen and Iris Yob: “Metaphors for a change: A conversation about images of music education and social change.”

Ruth Wright was one of three panelists for the Music, Society, Education: Christopher Small revisited panel. Wright also responded to a paper by Cecilia Ferm-Almqvist: “How to become a guitar playing human being in the situation of ensemble courses – independent of sex; An episode of the pod-radio show Music and Equality.”

PhD Student Gabriela Ocadiz presented her paper: “Troubling Concepts of Coping: Uncomfortable Moments in Music Education”.

A pre-conference was held prior to the main conference in which PhD students could apply to work with a group of international professors on developing a philosophical argument. Two PhD students from Western were accepted to the workshop: Gabriela Ocadiz and Samuel Silva.

Western will be hosting this international conference in 2019.