The Global Music Education League
The Global Music Education League (GMEL) was established in September, 2017 in Beijing. It was launched by the esteemed Chinese composer Liguang Wang. On May 12, 2021, approved by the State Council of China, the GMEL was registered at the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China as an official organization with independent legal person qualification, which is now attached to the Beijing Municipal Education Commission and affiliated to the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. Consisting of nearly 100 world leading music institutions from North America, Europe, Oceania and Asia, it is now an international academic organization supported by the UNESCO.
Wang Liguang serves as the Chairman of the League. Rector Kaarlo Hildén of the University of the Arts Helsinki, Dean Anna Reid of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Jamal J. Rossi of the Eastman School of Music serve as Council Members of the League.
The GMEL’s objectives are to foster global music education, build a world-class academic community and a platform for talent training, as well as music research, creation, performance, and resource sharing. Furthermore, it strives to promote the inheritance and development of different musical genres and cultures and the establishment of music schools around the world; to enhance communication and collaboration among international music institutions; to create an internationalized musical education system in line with developing trends for global music education; and to further the development of traditional and classical music of different cultures around the world. Moreover, the League seeks to utilize music’s unique power to eliminate gaps, purify minds, making music an ambassador for world peace.
The GMEL is also dedicated to bringing together authorities in music scholarship from around the world, advancing the integration of high-quality resources, establishing collaborative training programs, facilitating teacher exchanges and visits, achieving the mutual recognition of diplomas and credit, organizing high-quality international music competitions and academic activities, implementing the strategy of “Music Culture Diplomacy,” advocating exchange and dialogue between Chinese and Western music cultures, and building a musical community for humanity.
At present, joint education programmes for talent training between the GMEL member institutions have established, such as the "2+2" for undergraduates and "1+1+1" for postgraduates, among others. As a representative organization of culture and arts in China, the GMEL has hosted the " Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education" and “GMEL Music Competition" in recent years, and participated in major international activities such as the BRICS’ People-to-People Exchange Forum and CIFTIS, showcasing a reliable, admirable and respectable image of Chinese music and culture to the world.