International Journal of Music Education (IJME).
International Journal of Music Education (IJME). Edited by Christopher Johnson, Pamela Burnard, and Liane Hentschke. International Society of Music Education (ISME). Triannual. No. 1 (May 1983). Reviewed: 22, nos. 1 (April 2004) and 2 (August 2004); Music Education International nos. 1 (2002) and 2 (2003). Print and electronic formats (PDF; online starts with vol. 22, no. 1 [April 2004]). ISSN 0255-7614 (IJME). Subscription: SAGE Publications, 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91320; online order form at http://www.isme.org/article/articleview/166/1/4/. E-mail email@example.com. $362.00 (print and online), $343.90 (online), $347.52 (print) institutions; $75 (print) individuals; $127 single print issue (institutions), $33 (individuals); subscription discounts available to ISME members and groups. For more information about IJME, see http://ijm.sagepub.com/ (publisher's Web site) and http://www.isme.org/ (ISME's Web site).
The International Society for Music Education (ISME) was established in Brussels, Belgium, in July 1953. The occasion was the "International Conference on the Role and Place of Music in the Education of Youth and Adults," organized by UNESCO and the then recently formed International Music Council. ISME's first journal, International Music Educator, launched in 1960, became the ISME Yearbook in 1973 and covered ISME conferences and other meetings. It ceased in 1988, but for a time complemented a new journal from ISME.
The International Journal of Music Education (IJME) first appeared in May 1983--in time for ISME's thirtieth anniversary--and was produced semiannually through 2001. Research articles were published alongside position papers in the same issue. Signs of change, however, began to appear in number 29 (1997) when the journal, for the first time, published a sampling of papers delivered at an ISME biennial conference. Experimentation with content continued in number 35 (2000), which contains twenty short commissioned articles on five topics of current interest. Guest editor Richard Letts wrote, "my invitation from the brave ISME leadership was to break the traditional mold of the International Journal of Music Education, and, perhaps, to point to a possible new style and direction" (no. 35: 1). Two special focus issues followed--numbers 36 (popular music) and 37 (biennial conference keynote speeches).
A new era seemingly began in 2002 when the one journal divided into two, with the annual IJME publishing peer-reviewed articles "focused on cutting edge research and scholarly discourse," and the new annual Music Education International (MEI) publishing peer-reviewed articles "on the more practical aspects of music teaching." The latter was to be more than a "cookbook" of teaching ideas. It aimed for a "high level of professionalism and scholarship while remaining relevant and useful" (editor Wendy L. Sims, MEI, no. 1: 1). Observant readers noticed that numbers 39 and 40 of IJME in 2002 and 2003, and numbers 1 and 2 of MEI appeared in the same years. After this brief sojourn into a divided existence, the journal entered yet another era in 2004.
Coinciding with fiftieth-anniversary ISME celebrations, IJME moved from ISME's in-house printer at the University of Western Australia to SAGE Publications. IJME will now be available electronically for the first time. Grouping each year's publications since 1983 into annual volumes produces a newly applied number 22 in 2004. IJME and MEI merged and the revitalized IJME is now published three times a year. Each issue has a special focus: Research in April, Showcase in August, and Practice in December.
The Research and Practice issues publish peer-reviewed articles and have their own editors, while the Showcase issue features invited papers and guest editors. The journal is published in English, with abstracts in French, German, and Spanish, and with two separate international review boards. (Showcase will have an editor only.)
This reviewer can report that IJME has "found its feet" once again after almost a decade of experimentation. The principle of one journal with three issues every year, each with a firm focus, is sound. The agreement with SAGE will ensure further availability and help to increase the readership. Offering two peer-reviewed and one invited/commissioned issue yearly allows ISME to continue to experiment with focus issues, invited papers and the like without diluting the Research and Practice issues.
Authors in volume 22, number 1 (Research) are seasoned, well-known researchers on the international scene (David Best, Pamela Burnard, Alice-Ann Darrow, C. Victor Fung, Joel Wapnick, and Betty Anne Younker), with some relative newcomers (Daryl Kinney, Nathalie Lacaille, Joseph Parisi, and Charlene Ryan). IJME continues to struggle with achieving an international balance of authors. In this issue, authors residing in Britain and North America predominate. On this point, however, volume 22, number 2 (Showcase) fares better. The initial issue of Showcase celebrates four ISME honorary presidents with invited articles from an international group of authors: David Elliott (United States, formerly Canada), Wilfred Gruhn (Germany), Mihaly Ittzes (Hungary), and David Forrest and John Meyer (Australia).
The newly constituted IJME compares favorably with its music education counterparts. Its Research issue applies the same rigorous editorial standards as the Journal of Research in Music Education or British Journal of Research in Music Education. The Practice issue (coming out of its former counterpart, MEI) will offer a unique perspective differing from professional journals such as Music Educators Journal in that it is "designed to publish articles and teaching materials relevant to music teaching and learning at all age levels, in school and out, private and group instruction" (Sims, MEI, no. 1: 1). "The emphasis is on a wide range of pedagogical approaches that would interest members from a variety of countries and teaching settings, including activities and song materials to help internationalize music curricula, issues ... and so forth" ("Instructions for Contributors," MEI, no. 1: ). Indeed, the Practice issue's international distribution--carrying out MEI's intended mission while embedded in IJME--creates a new, widely accessible line of communication regarding professional practice and teaching fundamentals.
While other international music education journals exist (for example, International Journal of Jazz Education), IJME is the premiere international music education journal and represents through ISME's general membership and special commissions a wide range of teachers, researchers, community musicians, performers, policy makers, and those persons interested in music therapy and music medicine. It belongs in the collection of every university music library.
BY TRACEY RUDNICK
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