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International Musik Education Network

IMEM

IMEN, the International Music Education Network, aims at promoting cultural exchange in the field of music on a world-wide scale. This aim comprises the following objectives:

  • widening the opportunities for children from all over the world to develop their musical skills and facilitating their access to high quality education;
  • fostering the authentic music from many places of the world, giving musicians the opportunity to explore the music of their own region or country and to cultivate it;
  • contributing to an in-depth understanding of different musical cultures and their environment; in this regard: sensitizing music teachers to cultural particularities and raising their awareness on individual needs and talents;
  • developing new pedagogical concepts based on the experience and know-how of various institutions and musicians from all over the world;
  • fostering the dialogue on universal values and priorities to be respected within music education.

Our activities include

  • the financial and logistical support of students with regards to their music education;
  • the connection between music institutions worldwide in order to facilitate the exchange of music teachers and students;
  • the provision of performance opportunities for musicians of various cultures;
  • the support of music education initiatives through networking, the provision of pedagogical know-how and funding;
  • the analysis of different learning and teaching methods and the establishment of an experience database;
  • the development of new pedagogical concepts and methods based on the experience gained in music education projects.

Values:

  • Article 26/1 and 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    “Everyone has the right to education.” (…) “Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. ”
  • The International Music Council proclaimed five music rights, including:
    The right for or all children and adults:
    – to express themselves musically in all freedom
    – to learn musical languages and skills
    – to have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation, and information