The Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME) was established at the Annual General Meeting in 2007 of its precursor, the Australian Association for Research in Music Education (AARME). In its turn, AARME had been set up at the Annual General Meeting, held in Wollongong in August 1995, of its precursor, the Assocation of Music Education Lecturers (AMEL). The Association of Music Education Lecturers was established in 1977. So we are the latest generation of organisations with compatible objectives and, as a community of scholars with a common belief in the power of music we continue to thrive.

The objectives of ANZARME are:

  • to promote communication between music education researchers and music educators
  • to contribute to the further development of music education research and music education
  • to encourage community support for music education research and music education
  • to bring to public attention issues vital to music education research and music education
  • to organise an annual conference
  • to issue an annual publication of articles drawn principally from papers presented at the annual ANZARME conference

There is always a need for research into what our profession is doing. It is through this research that communal and systemic change is recognised and assessed. Through research and the promotion that arises from it, change can be generated and communities enlightened. As well as providing an outlet for research that has been undertaken, the annual conference provides a potent opportunity for the exchange and testing of ideas through interactive discussion.