Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research

9-11 August 2023

Tadahiro Murao

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Prof. Tadahiro Murao

My Happy Memories of APSMER

It was at ISME Research Commission Seminar held in Nagoya, Japan, in 1992, I met Gary McPherson first time. Being so young like a student though, I thought, he was a really nice guy to talk with.

The second time I met him was at the ISME World Conference 1994 in Tampa. There, I proposed to launch the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research. He agreed with this idea but said we needed one more person from the Asian region as an organizer.

Luckily, we found the best person from Korea. That was Hong-Soo Lee.
Joining with him, we three have decided to hold the APSMER every other year. The first APSMER was held in Seoul, in 1997. Since then, the 2nd one was in Tasmania, the 3rd was in Nagoya, and this time, the 14th APSMER is held again in Seoul. I have a lot of happy memories of APSMER, which are deeply emotive.