The idea of compiling an international directory involving music and music education institutions was the brainchild of the late Professor Sir Frank Callaway, former Honorary President of the International Society for Music Education and one of its founders in 1953. The directory is a considerably expanded development of the earlier 1968 UNESCO International Directory of Music Education published in conjunction with the International Society of Music Education (ISME).
In this on-line edition, compiled and edited by Graham A R Bartle, there are details on the higher music and music education institutions in 225 countries, with material on over 3,100 institutions, giving contact details, the programs they offer, library and museum collections they hold, as well as any unique aspects of their courses or their campuses.
Many institutions are universities or conservatories that are regarded as equivalent in status to universities; some are teachers’ colleges. There is a mix of government institutions and private music schools, with the emphasis throughout on post-secondary music training. Where no such training opportunities exist in a number of countries the entries include the highest level of music training available within that country. The current political situation in several countries has meant that verification of material has not always been possible. In these cases the last known information has been included.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information for each institution. Readers are invited to check the details of institutions that they know and suggest changes to the information by contacting the webmaster.