Initiated by the Research Commission of the International Society for Music Education (ISME, https://www.isme.org), the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research (APSMER) was founded in 1997 by three founders, namely, Prof. Tadahiro Murao from Japan, Prof. Gary McPherson from Australia, and Prof. Hong-soo Lee from Korea. The name of APSMER (Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research) was proposed by Prof. Gary McPherson. It has provided a forum for Asia-Pacific researchers, graduate students and teachers in music education to meet every two years. The APSMER has become the regional conference of ISME in the Asia-Pacific region in 2007. The symposium aims to share knowledge and experience among music educators in the Asia-Pacific region and to provide opportunity for music educators to develop networks and work collaboratively in advancing the theory and practice of music education.

APSMER 2021 is the 13th Symposium to be held in Tokyo. Previous conferences have taken place in Seoul (1997), Launceston (1999), Nagoya (2001), Hong Kong (2003), Seattle (2005), Bangkok (2007), Shanghai (2009), Taipei (2011), Singapore (2013), Hong Kong (2015), Melaka (2017) and Macau(2019) .

Board of Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (from 2017)


Prof. Bo Wah Leung, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Assoc. Prof. Chee-Hoo Lum, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NIE/NTU), Singapore.


Prof. Margaret Barrett, Monash University, Australia

Prof. Jessie Chen, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan

Prof. Baisheng Dai, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao

Prof Hiromichi Mito, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan

Prof. Steven Morrison, Northwestern University, USA

Dr. Narutt Suttachitt, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Dr. Ramona Mohd. Tahir, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia

Prof. Jiaxing Xie, China Conservatory of Music, China

Prof. Jong Mo Yang, Busan National University of Education, Korea