Programs, By-Laws, Minutes

The ISPME By-Laws are provided below, as well as Programs and Minutes from some recent meetings. Additional Programs and Minutes will be posted here as they become available:



(1) Program from the Previous Meeting (2007)

(2) ISPME By-Laws

(3) Minutes of the ISPME 7 Business Meeting

(4) Proposed Nominees for 2007-2009 ISPME Executive Committee

(5) Minutes of the ISPME 6 Business Meeting





International Society for Philosophy of Music Education

Symposium VII

6 - 9 June 2007

University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Wednesday, June 6

8:30 Registration

9:30 Welcome

9:45 General Session

1. “What is the Significance of Research for Music Education in Practice?”

Speaker: Frede V. Nielsen, Denmark

Respondent: Harold Fiske, Canada

Chair: Iris Yob, USA

10:45 Mid-Morning Break

11:00 Concurrent Sessions

2.1. “Oh That Magic Feeling: Multicultural Human Subjectivity, Community and Fascism’s Footprint”

Speaker: Deborah Bradley, USA

Respondent: Marja Heimonen, Finland

Chair: Lise Vaugeois

2.2. “Intersections: The Dialectic of the Enlightenment and Music Education”

Speaker: Ted Love, USA

Respondent: Paul Louth, Canada

Chair: Jill Ball, Canada

12:00 Lunch Break

1:30 Concurrent Sessions

3. 1 “Unconscious Apprehension of Metapatterns Expressed Consciously through Musical Form”

Speaker: Anthony J. Palmer, USA

Respondent: Iris Yob, USA

Chair: Mary Reichling, USA

3.2 “Critique and the Curriculum”

Speaker: Mark Whale, Canada

Respondent: Stephanie Horsley, Canada

Chair: Marian Archibald, Canada

2:30 Afternoon Break

3:00 General Session

4. “Music Education Desire(ing): Language, Literacy, and Lieder”

Speaker: Elizabeth Gould, Canada

Respondent: Patrick Schmidt, USA

Chair: Estelle R. Jorgensen, USA

4:00 Concert and Dialogue

“Reconciliation: Reconstructing and Mediating Societal Norms of Masculinity”

Carol Beynon & Ken Fleet (UWO), & Primus Men's Ensemble, London, Canada

4:30 Meet and Greet

Thursday, June 7

9:00 Concurrent Sessions

5.1. “Limits to Transformation: Habitus, Doxa and the Band Tradition”

Speaker: Melissa Natale Abramo, USA

Respondent: Janice Waldron, Canada

Chair: Frederik Pio, Denmark

5.2 “The Art of the Game: Music Education and Social Justice”

Speaker: Julian Humphreys, Canada

Respondent: Randall Allsup, USA

Chair: Marian Archibald, Canada

10:00 Mid-Morning Break

10:30 General Session

6. “The Concept of Bildung and Postgraduate Courses in Music Education”

Speaker: Øivind Varkøy, Norway

Respondent: Frederik Pio, Denmark

Chair: Werner Jank, Germany

11:30 Lunch Break

1:30 Concurrent Sessions

7.1. “The Broadening of the ‘Third Environment’: The Music Festival as an Arena for Musical Learning”

Speaker: Sidsel Karlsen, Sweden

Respondent: John Kratus, USA

Chair: Ketil Thorgersen, Sweden

7.2. “Music, Spirituality and Education”

Speaker: David Carr, UK

Respondent: Ann Stokes, USA

Chair: Susan Quindag, USA

2:30 Afternoon Break

3:00 General Session

8. “Pipe Dreams, Ideals and Transformation in Music Education”

Speaker: Frank Heuser, USA

Respondent: Cathy Benedict, USA

Chair: Øivind Varkøy, Norway

4:00 Break

4:15 Report on the Joint ISME-ISPME Session 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the

ISPME-ISME North American Regional Forum

Report Author: Kari Veblen, Canada

Reader: Patrick Schmidt, USA

Forum Panel: Elizabeth Gould, Canada; Frank Heuser, USA; and Paul Woodford, Canada

Moderator: Patrick Schmidt, USA

Friday, June 8

9:00 Concurrent Sessions

9. 1 “Thinking about Music Education Phenomenologically”

Speaker: Karen Snell, Canada

Respondent: Lise Vaugeois, Canada

Chair: Elizabeth Gould, Canada

9.2 “Aesthetic Communication in Music Education and Students’ Awareness”

Speakers: Cecilia Ferm and Ketil Thorgersen, Sweden

Respondent: Mary Reichling, USA

Chair: Betty Anne Younker, USA

10:00 Mid-Morning Break

10:30 Concurrent Sessions

10.1. “Rumble in the Jungle: Context and Music Education”

Speaker: Roger Mantie, Canada

Respondent: Werner Jank, Germany

Chair: Cathy Benedict, USA

10.2. “The National Standards for Art Education”

Speaker: David Stevenson, USA

Respondent: Susan Quindag, USA

Chair: Joseph Abramo, USA

11:30 Lunch Break

1:30 Concurrent Sessions

11.1. “The Being in Music and in Self: Towards a Philosophy of Music Therapy”

Speaker: Teresa Lesiuk, USA

Respondent: Stephen Zdzinski, USA

Chair: Deanne Bogdan, Canada

12.2 “Educational Quality in Higher Education: Why Bother?”

Author: Geir Johansen, Norway

Reader: Cecilia Ferm, Sweden

Respondent: Nico Schuler, USA

Chair: Harold Fiske, Canada

2:30 Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:30 Keynote Address

12. “Musical Hunger: A Philosophical Testimonial of Miseducation”

Keynote Speaker: Susan Laird, USA

Respondents: Estelle R. Jorgensen, USA

Heidi Westerlund, Finland

Chair: Charlene Morton, Canada

7:00 Banquet

Rapporteur: J. Terry Gates, USA

Saturday, June 9

9:00 Closing Address

Paul Woodford, Conference Chair, Canada

9:30 ISPME Membership Meeting

11:00 Program Concludes


Optional Afternoon Excursions




Click HERE to access a PDF file of the Agenda from the 2007 ISPME Business Meeting.





By-Laws of the International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education (ISPME)


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June 9, 2007, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, CANADA

Thirty-three (33) delegates were in attendance at the meeting, which began at 9:45 am and was chaired by Paul Woodford. Attendees are listed as follows: Paul Woodford (Canada), Iris Yob (USA), Deanne Bogdan (Canada), Charlene Morton (Canada), David Carr (UK), Randall Allsup (USA), Betty Ann Younker (USA), Marja Heimonen (Finland), Heidi Westerlund (Finland), Werner Jank (Germany), Oivind Varkoy (Norway), Frede. V. Nielsen (Denmark), Anthony J. Palmer (USA), Estelle Jorgensen (USA), Susan Quindag (USA), J.Terry Gates (guest, USA), Nico Schuler (USA), Mark Whale (Canada), Steve Zdzinski (USA), Frederick Pio (Denmark), Mary Bickel (guest, USA), David Stevenson (USA), Ann Stokes (USA), Joseph Abramo (USA), Melissa Natale Abramo (USA), Teresa Lesiuk (USA), Mary Reichling (USA), Ketil Thorgersen (Sweden), Cathy Benedict (USA), Patrick Schmidt (USA), Felicity Laurence (UK), Sidsel Karlsen (Sweden) Greg Lindahl (USA).

1. Introduction of the Agenda/Names of the Current Executive Committee

1.1 Copies of the agenda were handed out to those attending. Chair Paul Woodford convened the meeting, thanked the members of the Conference Committee, especially Charlene Morton for her valuable assistance. He informed us that since Hermann Kaiser's wife had become ill during the course of the past two years, Charlene was the de facto Conference Co-Chair.

1.2 Paul put up on the screen the slate of elected officers the current Executive Committee as follows:

Co-Chairs: Paul Woodford (Canada) and Hermann Kaiser (Germany)
Program Chair: Charlene Morton (Canada)
Associate Program Chair: Oivind Varkoy (Norway)
Recording Secretary : Deanne Bogdan (Canada)
Treasurer: Randall Allsup (USA)

2. Minutes

2.1 Terry Gates made a motion that the Minutes be passed as read; seconder was Betty Ann Younker.

3. Business Arising

3.1 Notices Regarding Elections

Paul put forward a written motion to amend the by-law regarding elections that had been approved at the Hamburg meeting. He stated that, as it stands, the by-law requires three months advance notice of a call for elections, and that nominations be made within approximately 30 days after the designated date. Paul proposed that the clause, "Where feasible" precede the wording of the by-law, and that a final sentence be added to the by-law, reading, "If necessary, a slate can be formed at the Symposium meeting and be voted on by the membership present." The motion was seconded by Iris Yob. During the discussion Frede Nielsen, Estelle Jorgensen, and Paul suggested that the final sentence be stricken from the amendment while retaining the "[w]here feasible" clause. Ann Stokes proposed the time-line be changed to "two months." Charlene iterated that the intent is to have the election process completed in advance of the meeting. Estelle suggested that the "[w]here feasible" clause on its own leant the required ambiguity to the motion.
The motion was passed. The by-law now reads as follows:

Elections: Where feasible, approximately three months prior to a meeting of a scheduled Symposium, a call for nominations will be sent to members in good standing via the internet with instruction to make nominations within approximately 30 days from the designated date of the notification. From that list and with additional names added by the EC, a slate of officers will be evaluated and selections made by the EC. The proposed slate of officers for the next Symposia period will be sent to the membership with appropriate information on each person's qualifications. A vote will be requested within a four-week period prior to the scheduled Symposium so that the new slate can be named at the Symposium and appropriate meetings held with outgoing and incoming officers. A simple majority will be acceptable for all elective offices.

4. News

4.1. Venues and Dates of the Next Two Meetings

Paul informed the group that the next meeting in 2007 will be held at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, and the for a variety of reasons the 2011 Symposium was changed from Michigan State to New York University, New York City. Cathy Benedict, the site host of the 2011 meeting spoke as follows to the amenities of the New York location:

*There is a conference team ready to go towards beginning work on the conference.
*NYU has a conference office that will draw up the budget, attend to availability of space for the meetings, and send out all mailings.
*Accommodation would be left to individual attendees.

Heidi Westerlund, Co-Chair of the 2009 meeting, described The Sibelius Academy of Music as one of the largest music schools in Europe, and located in downtown Helsinki. There are good hotels are close to the conference site. Heidi is attempting to raise money for side-trips to SIbelius's house, outside the city proper. Paul raised the issue of fundraising for possible keynote speakers. Heidi indicated her desire to secure a speaker from Africa.

4.2 Transportation

Cathy spoke to the proximity of the Kennedy and Newark, New Jersey airports to NYU, the relative ease of taking public transport to the conference site and the fact the taxis are relatively inexpensive.

4.3 Time of Year for Meetings

Heidi said that from her perspective, June would be a propitious month for the meeting, but that August would also be good, as Helsinki hosts an Arts Festival in August. Frede said that August would be impossible for some and asked the group to establish a traditional time of year for future Symposia. Paul suggested that the new Executive poll the members via email for their preferences. Teresa Lesiuk noted that her academic year begins August 16th, and Nico Schuler reminded us that some delegates would be teaching summer school in June. Charlene reminded us that the cost of transatlantic flights should be taken into account, given that prices rise as of July 1st. Teresa asked about the weather in Helsinki in June and was told by Heidi that it is much like London, Ontario. Paul said that the final dates should be left to the new Executive, but that it appeared that June would be the preferred month for future meetings.

5. Budget

5.1 Preliminary Financial Report

Paul showed a breakdown of the conference budget on the overhead screen. He said that he tried as best he could to minimize expenses and keep the registration fee to a minimum. The total cost of the conference was $3,397.00 CND. Treasurer Randall Allsup reported that there is a total of $ 1,171.00 USD currently in our account.

5.2 Charitable Status of ISPME

A discussion ensued regarding whether ISPME has the status of a non-profit organization. Randall said that we are currently a non-profit organization though, according to Estelle, we have not legally applied to be a charitable organization. Terry said that it is just as easy to establish a Secretariat through a university. Here a distinct advantage would be the possibility of electronic payment. Paul indicated that he wasn't able to do it but that Heidi and Cathy could for the next two conferences. Terry advised that going through a university would obviate hidden costs in future. Estelle concluded the discussion by suggesting that ISPME seek charitable organization status through Indiana University, adding that following that route would require our submitting a considerable amount of documentation.

6. Discussion of Duration of Future Symposia and Time/Format of Papers

6.1 Paul noted that there is cadre of regular conference attendees and that the conference should try to accommodate as much as possible opportunities for them to present.

6.2 Duration of the Conference

Werner Jank stated that three days was a good time-span for the conference and that a two-day meeting is too short. Paul said four days was too long. Nico noted that in order to accommodate those who have to take time off from teaching, it might be better to move to a Thursday to Saturday format rather than Wednesday to Friday as it now stands. Werner disagreed, saying that for those who cross the Atlantic, there would not be enough time to prepare for returning to work. Heidi noted that traveling on Sunday is less costly than on Saturday.

6.3 Time Slot/Format

A lengthy discussion ensued about several issues relating to this topic. Mary Reichling suggested that having two respondents per paper would afford more people the opportunity to appear on the program. Randall proposed that there be more concurrent sessions and noted that presenters spend a long time crafting a paper and that it is disappointing to then have to cut it considerably for presentation. Deanne Bogdan cautioned against holding more than two concurrent sessions at any one time.

Tony Palmer wanted diversification in the format, as listening to one paper after another strains the attention span of the audience. He suggested that the paper sessions be broken up by panel discussions or other formats with a shorter length, and that people could sign up in advance regarding their preferred format. He stressed the need for presenters to practice their papers (papers are a kind of performance) and that power point should be used as an audience guide, which is not to be read from but rather referred to by the speaker. Presenters should learn to "pitch" the main ideas to the audience.

Paul noted that the half-hour breaks and the 90-minute lunch break seemed to work well for this conference. Werner observed that only a few people had kept to their time limit, and suggested that all presenters have a printed paper for the audience to read during the presentation. He added that optimally all papers be pre-read prior to the conference. Cathy suggested the people keep in mind that slowing down to read a paper doubles the delivery time, and that the audience, rather than being glued to the printed paper during the presentation, should honor the speaker by looking at him/her. Ann said that all attendees should have copies of papers they could not attend. Frede noted that the handling of time slots at this conference exceeded that at most conferences he attends.
Ketil Thorgersen reinforced the need to see the papers in advance. Patrick Schmidt suggested that the presentation formats could be more interactive in ways that would bring more people together in responding to those other than the main speaker and official respondents. David Carr introduced the issue of inclusivity, wondering who is being turned away. He also mentioned the idea of two-paper sessions. Iris noted that we need more presentation time, not less, suggesting that a 90-minute slot would afford more dialogue between presenters and audience. Mary thought that the review process should advise authors if a paper is too long.

Tony shifted the discussion away from the papers proper, emphasizing the need for various forms of presentation formats such as roundtable discussions. Steve Zdzinski noted the prevalence of non-philosophers teaching courses in the philosophy of music education in the US, and pointed out the need for some "How To" presentations. Terry suggested a word limit of 3000 to 3500 words. Frede offered a variation on this theme, saying that he wrote a 7-page paper for a 30-minute time slot while others were as long as 33 pages. David commented that 4,000 words was the limit for papers read at the Philosophy of Education conferences, suggesting that the paper could be presented in précis form rather than read. Felicity Laurence focused on the number of words that could actually be spoken, not written, in a particular time-slot. Frede then shifted to the topic of conference themes. Paul suggested a combination of open sessions and themed papers. The discussion concluded by introducing the topic of the next section, translation into other languages as way of reaching across cultures.

6.4 Translation

Paul invited Estelle to address item #7 on the Agenda,

"Discussion re possibility of international translation/publication service by Indiana University Press."

Estelle, seconded by Tony, spoke to the following motion, put forward by Estelle, Frede, Mary, and Werner:

We move for the ISPME to authorize a task force to investigate the possibility of establishing a series of published translations of works in the philosophy of music education into several of the main language groups (e.g. English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Chinese), and report to the ISME meeting in Helsinki.

Discussion proceeded as follows: Estelle pointed out that her privileged relationship with IUP afforded her easy access to electronic publishing. She would like to approach IUP to set ups a series of translations of work in the philosophy of music education into several languages, which would open up many possibilities for increased communication across cultures in the field. She added that normally university presses are not interested in translation projects, but that that could change were the series to be published electronically. Were more people to have the opportunity to read selected papers thus published, this wider dissemination would greatly benefit the field. Estelle asked members to give her and her fellow proposers time to investigate this initiative. To this end she asked for a small group to work together, especially those with bilingual expertise, several of whom were not able to be present at this meeting.

To Tony's request for further clarification of Estelle's proposal, Frede emphasized the importance of reconsidering the aims of the Society as an international association, in which knowing the literature across cultures was key. He continued by stressing that electronic publishing would encourage new writings. Admitting the difficulties of undertaking such an enterprise, he said the risk was worth taking. Werner supported the idea by stating that at present we have to evaluate the papers from other countries virtually devoid of background knowledge about their genesis, influence, and so on; thus a translation series could only enhance the Society's efficacy. Betty Ann added that the initiative could only deepen our discussions. Paul underlined the importance of increasing the international nature of ISPME's leadership.

The motion was passed.

Estelle said that she would provide a list of names to the EC, which would make recommendations. Werner promised to contact German journals that would publish some of the papers heard at this conference and encouraged others to do the same in their countries, especially Canada.

7. Invitation from ISME for ISPME to Mount a Mini-conference.

7.1 Paul reported briefly on the invitation by ISME for ISPME to mount a mini-conference at the next ISME conference to be held in July, 2008, in Bologna. He stated that the outcome of the discussion on the topic at this meeting was that we would submit a list of questions to ISME to be presented by several of our members at the Bologna meeting.

8. Elections

8.1 The Executive Committee proposed a slate of officers to be voted on as follows:

Co-Chairs: Heidi Westerlund and Randall Allsup
Program Chair: Frederick Pio and Werner Jank
Treasurer: Patrick Schmidt
Recording Secretary: Liz Gould

Paul asked the members if there were any more nominations to be added to the list. None were forthcoming. Tony moved and David Stevenson seconded that the slate be acclaimed. Estelle called for a round of applause in gratitude to Paul and Charlene for hosting such a successful and enjoyable conference, as well as to the students, Stephanie Horsley and Daniela Bute for their generous and able assistance.

9. Discussion re Future of the ISPME Website

9.1 Paul reported that the website continues to work well under the expertise of webmaster Ted Love. A small honorarium can be given to Ted every year, but there is need for emergency back-up. Charlene asked whether conference information should be put on the ISPME home page or on a link of the hosting institution. She added that there many options but that it would be most efficient to post information and papers on the ISPME's home page. Terry commented that Ted had certainly earned the $200.00 paid him by the Society and that maintaining the website seamlessly is crucial for ongoing communication. Estelle moved and Betty Ann seconded that Ted continue as webmaster, using the website's home page with links, adding that this would be the most cost-effective way to proceed now that the website needs only minimum maintenance. The Executive Committee would ask Ted to provide a solution to the problem of necessary back-up.

The motion was passed.

10. Thanks to the Outgoing Members of the Executive Committee

10.1 Paul thanked the outgoing members of the EC, and added a special thank-you to Terry Gates for doing such an excellent job as Rapporteur in his thoughtful wrap-up at the closing banquet.

10.2 Charlene asked for written feedback on the conference, in particular regarding the newly initiated practices of featuring an outside keynote speaker, a Rapporteur, and the issues of time-slots, length of papers, etc.

11. Adjournment

11.1 The meeting was adjourned at 11:06 am.

Respectfully submitted, June 21, 2007

Deanne Bogdan, Immediate Past-Recording Secretary, ISPME



Proposed Nominees for 2007-2009 ISPME Executive Committee


Co-Chairs: Heidi Weslerlund (Finland) & Randall Allsup (United States)

Program Chairs: Frederik Pio (Denmark) & Werner Jank (Germany)

Treasurer: Patrick Schmidt (United States)

Secretary: Elizabeth Gould (Canada)


New Executive to appointment Site Chair, Parliamentarian (if needed), Communications Director, Membership Secretary, and Webmaster





May 21, 2005, Hamburg, Germany

Approximately 25 delegates were in attendance at the meeting, which was chaired by ISPME Co-Chair, Estelle Jorgensen, and began shortly after 9:45 am.

Introduction of the Agenda

1) Co-Chair Frede Nielsen presented the agenda. Co-Chair Estelle Jorgensen proposed a motion that the duration of the meeting be no longer than one hour and a half, ending no later than 12:45. The motion was seconded and approved.

2) Estelle proposed a second motion: that the meeting adopt Roberts Rules of Order as its modus operandi. Thus, as meeting Chair, she would proceed by stating the Executive Committee's recommendations, asking for a mover and seconder, introducing discussion, and calling for a vote. A motion was made to this effect by Randall Allsup, seconded by Eleni Lapidaki, and approved.


1) The Executive Committee recommended that all who have attended the PME 6 conference as well as all who attended the Lake Forest Conference PME5 be deemed charter members. This includes approximately 100 delegates.
Iris Yob moved that those in attendance at this meeting be deemed voting members.
The motion was seconded by Lise Vaugeois and approved. A list of names of those in attendance was circulated.


Parliamentarian Tony Palmer presented proposed changes to the by-laws under the following headings:

1) Chair: At the end of the paragraph, add: "The outgoing Chair, upon leaving office, will serve for the next interim as advisor to the EC. The Chair will address the membership on a major topic at each Symposium meeting."

2) Program Chair: At the end of the paragraph, add: "The outgoing Program Chair, upon leaving office, will serve for the next interim as advisor to the EC."

b. Iris suggested that the Chair's presentation to the assembly not necessarily be the last item on the conference program. Janice Waldron moved and Alexandra Kertz-Welzel seconded that the proposed change be accepted. The motion was approved.

2) Elections:

a. Tony related the six elected positions as follows: Chair of the Society, Co-Chair of the Society, Program Chair, Associate Program Chair, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. Other offices, that of Site Chair, and a new position, that of Membership Secretary, are to be appointed positions. It was at first suggested that the duties of the Membership Secretary would be to increase membership, to initiate international outreach activities and networking, and to propagate the raison d'etre of the society. A motion to accept this proposal was made by Betty Ann Younker and seconded by Lise. During the ensuing discussion, Estelle pointed out that the imperative for outreach should be a part of each member's obligation and not restricted to the office of the Membership Secretary. Lise suggested that the Membership Secretary be responsible for informing potential members of the benefits of membership in ISPME. A clarification was made regarding the composition of the Executive Committee. It was concluded that including both elected and non-elected positions on the Committee would be unwieldy and that the Executive Committee should comprise elected offices only.

b. It was moved and passed that John Kratus be appointed Communications Director.

c. Aided by power point, Tony read out a proposed addendum to the by-laws on Elections regarding a three-month lead-time for notifying the membership about subsequent forthcoming elections. The addendum reads as follows:

"Approximately three months prior to a meeting of a scheduled Symposium, a call for nominations will be sent to members in good standing via the internet with instructions to make nominations within 30 days from the designated date of notification. Potential nominees must first be apprised of their names being submitted and agree to placement of their names in nomination. The names submitted will be added to a list formed by the EC, from which a slate of nominees will be drawn up and submitted to the membership for a vote. The ballot will be accompanied by appropriate experiences and qualifications of those on the ballot. A vote will be requested within a four-week period prior to the scheduled Symposium so that the new slate can be named at the Symposium and appropriate meetings held with outgoing and incoming officers. A simple majority will be acceptable for all elective offices."

A motion that to accept was made by Randall and seconded by Lise. In the ensuing discussion, John moved that the sentence that enjoined the Executive Committee with the responsibility for producing a slate of nominees be stricken from the amendment, the reasoning being that the word "slate" implies giving the Executive Committee the power to screen potential nominations and then recommend one name for each office. This motion was seconded by Patrick [IRIS, DO YOU KNOW PATRICK'S LAST NAME? IF SO, PLEASE FILL IN] Further discussion resulted in changing the word "slate" to "list."
Iris moved that the following wording would clear up any difficulties: "The nominations will be added to a list and submitted to the membership for a vote." The motion was seconded and passed.

3) Membership in the Society

a. A motion was made by Lise and seconded by Janice Waldron that annual dues be in an amount to be established by the Executive Committee. The motion was passed.

b. A discussion followed regarding the timing of the paying of dues and their use. Tony suggested that dues be payable now. Charlene Morton asked whether members would then have to pay again in January. Estelle stressed the need to postpone further discussion of the topic to consideration under "Finances and Dues." With respect to what the dues were needed for, Frede reminded everyone that at Lake Forest, the issue of the need for dues was discussed for one hour-and-a-half. Estelle informed us that there was no seed money for the present conference, a state of affairs that left the Site Chair, Jurgen Vogt, in a difficult situation. She iterated that we must move from "pay-as you-go" to a more systematic modus operandi. Estelle elaborated on the Society's need for funds by stipulating the necessity of maintaining our website, which is costly. She also underlined our ultimate objective of incorporating as a not-for-profit-Society, which would cost upwards of $3,000 USD. Achieving this status would allow the Society the benefits of a Foundation, thereby enabling the Society to receive donations, conduct subventions, award scholarships, etc.

Nominations and Elections

1) Estelle presented a slate of nominees recommended by the Executive Committee. She emphasized that the Committee had spent many hours over three days deliberating about inclusiveness, balance, and willingness to do the job. After much soul-searching, she continued, the Executive Committee had unanimously recommended the names on the slate, but she stressed that the list could be added to by anyone from the floor. (It should be noted that the on day previous to be meeting, an announcement was made at one of the plenary sessions that anyone who had a recommendation for a nominee should present the name to either Estelle or Frede.)

2) Frede presented the recommended slate of officers as follows:

Chair: Paul Woodford (Canada)
Associate Chair: Herman Kaiser (Germany)
Program Chair: Charlene Morton (Canada)
Associate Program Chair: Oivind Varkoy (Norway)
Recording Secretary : Deanne Bogdan (Canada)
Treasurer: Randall Allsup (USA)

3) Frede then explained the Executive Committee's choices, emphasizing the responsibility of the Committee to recommend suitable candidates, given the very complex criteria to be considered: geographic, varying traditions of the field of philosophy of music education, gender, and so on. Frede acknowledged the current imbalance between Canadian and American candidates on the slate, stating that the Executive Committee had seriously discussed this in their meetings. Paul Woodford noted that additional nominations had in fact been submitted, but were declined. Frede noted that the important task of Program Chair went to a woman, Charlene Morton, who, as Co-Program Chair of this conference, would serve to maintain continuity in the program planning for the next conference. He also observed that the recommendation of Oivind Varkoy of Norway as Associate Program Chair provides gender balance as well as balance between the Anglo-American and European traditions in the field. He pointed specifically to both the gender and geographic balance between Canada and the United States in the offices of recording Secretary and Treasurer.

4) Estelle emphasized that the slate represented elected positions only, and that others would be invited to serve as Members-at-Large. She stressed the need for older members to mentor younger ones, adding that all persons on the slate have agreed to be workers for the Society in order to ensure that it does not dissolve before the next Symposium.

5) It was moved by Tony and seconded by Iris that the slate be approved. The motion was passed with a clear majority.

Finances and Dues

1) Estelle requested a preliminary report on the finances of this conference from Site Chair, Jurgen Vogt, who agreed to submit a full report in due course. Jurgen said that his aim was to keep the costs low on the conference and that he expects a monetary balance of approximately 100 euros.

2) Estelle again raised the two issues related to finances: eventual incorporation and preservation of the website. She noted the Elizabeth Gould had researched the costs of incorporation since the last conference and that they amounted to upwards of $3,000 USD. But the most pressing issue was that of the website. In order for Ted Love to continue to operate the website, the cost would be approximately $4,000 USD until the next Symposium.

3) The Executive Committee recommended annual dues to be fixed at $25 USD for regular members and $15 USD for students and the unwaged. Questions arose as to which benefits, such as an electronic newsletter, might accrue from membership. Estelle raised as a point of information the distinct possibility that Indiana UP might give members a reduced subscription rate on PMER.

4). Tony moved that for present purposes the registration fees for attendees at this conference count as dues. The motion was seconded by ???? and passed. [IRIS, DO YOU REMEBER WHO SECONDED?]

Interval and Site of the Next Symposium

1) Estelle raised as a point of information that future symposia be held every second year during the odd-numbered years, since ISME is held during the even-numbered years.

3) The Executive Committee recommended The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, as the site of the next Symposium in 2007. The low Canadian dollar would make the PME7 economical for those exchanging US dollars and euros. Paul reported that the university has a population of 26,000 students, and boasts a Music School of 600 students, of which 200 are in Music Education. He said that he was reasonably certain that the university would support the symposium financially. It was pointed out that the city of London has a population of 350,000, and is close to Stratford, Ontario, which annually hosts its internationally renowned Stratford Shakespearean Festival, which would provide the opportunity for rich cultural experiences for delegates.

4) Estelle informed the assembly that the Executive Committee had a plan of holding future symposia in Helsinki in 2009 and in Michigan, USA, in 2011.

Other Business

1) Tony suggested that the primary need for the appointed officers as Members-at Large is in the area of program planning for the next Symposium. He also noted that more balancing of the criteria for diversity could occur in these appointments. In this connection, Frede mentioned the names of Constantijn Koopman from Germany, Heidi Westerlund from Finland, Elivira Paanaiotidi from Russia, and Patrick Schmidt from the US.

2) Frede then asked if there were any complaints about this Symposium. The lack of response indicated there were none.

3) David Carr expressed his enjoyment of the symposium and declared it a great success. He added his thanks to the Program Co-Chairs and to the Executive Committee for their hard work. He made a motion to this effect, which was seconded by Randall. The motion was approved.

4) David suggested that future symposia might be organized around specific rather than generic themes; and Tony, that different kinds of formats be considered. Lise encouraged the presentation of live musical performances. Estelle asked that members communicate their responses and suggestions to the Executive Committee, Conference Chairs, and/or the Secretary.

5) Other issues raised included the following: Patrick said that, as a first-time attendee, he was grateful to have been included. He also recognized the differing objectives of junior and senior members in a Symposium such as this. Tony mentioned the special needs of graduate students, and Estelle again expressed the importance of intergenerational mentoring.

The meeting concluded at 10:45, a full half-hour before the projected closing time.

Respectfully submitted,

Deanne Bogdan
Recording Secretary, ISPME
June 3, 2005