Watch our latest IMEN presentation at the 'China meets Austria' Symposium on 4 February 2013, by Dr. Hanns Christian Stekel, President of IMEN:

Leveraging the power of music...


Mission and values


IMEN, the  International Music Education Network, aims at promoting cultural  exchange in the field of music on a world-wide scale. This aim comprises  the following objectives:

  • widening the opportunities for  children from all over the world to develop their musical skills and  facilitating their access to high quality education;
  • fostering  the authentic music from many places of the world, giving musicians the  opportunity to explore the music of their own region or country and to  cultivate it;
  • contributing to an in-depth understanding of  different musical cultures and their environment; in this regard:  sensitizing music teachers to cultural particularities and raising their  awareness on individual needs and talents;
  • developing new  pedagogical concepts based on the experience and know-how of various  institutions and musicians from all over the world;
  • fostering the dialogue on universal values and priorities to be respected within music education.

     Our activities include:

  • the financial and logistical support of students with regards to their music education
  • the connection between music institutions worldwide in order to facilitate the exchange of music teachers and students
  • the provision of performance opportunities for musicians of various cultures
  • the support of music education initiatives through networking, the provision of pedagogical know-how and funding
  • the analysis of different learning and teaching methods and the establishment of an experience database
  • the development of new pedagogical concepts and methods based on the experience gained in music education projects



  • Article 26/1 and 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights“Everyone has the right to education.” (…)“Education  shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and  to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental  freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among  all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the  activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
  • ”The  International Music Council proclaimed five music rights, including:

            The right for or all children and adults

          - to express themselves musically in all freedom

          - to learn musical languages and skills

          - to have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation, and information