Mission Statement

PASMAE will concern itself with the promotion of Musical Arts Education throughout Africa. It is constituted as an autonomous society that operates on a non-profit basis and is the representative arm of Africa in ISME.

The purpose of the Society is to foster music and arts in the education of people of all ages throughout Africa; to enable all such people to enjoy music and to take part freely in community music activities; to provide a forum for discussion, debate and advocacy of musical arts education related matters, and to assist music educators in the preservation, promotion and teaching/learning of the music cultures of human society while developing creative and competent musicians for the contemporary world.

The Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE) was initially founded as PASME, the Pan African Society for Music Education, in Zimbabwe in August 2000. The first edition of the newly named PASMAE Constitution and Bylaws was approved at the conference in Lusaka, Zambia in
2001. PASMAE has gone from strength to strength over the past 17 years.

PASMAE promotes Musical Arts Education throughout Africa. It endeavours to foster music and arts in the education of people of all ages throughout the continent, enabling all such people to enjoy music and to take part freely in community music activities. Providing a forum for discussion, debate, and advocacy of musical arts education-related matters, it assists music educators in the preservation, promotion and teaching/learning of the music cultures of human society while developing creative and competent musicians for the contemporary world.

PASMAE believes that lived experiences of music, in all their many aspects, are a vital part of the life of all people. PASMAE’s mission is to enhance those experiences by:

  • building and maintaining a worldwide community of music educators characterized by mutual respect and support
  • fostering global intercultural understanding and cooperation among the world’s music educators
  • promoting music education for people of all ages in all relevant situations throughout the world.