International Council for Traditional Music

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The International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) is a UNESCO-recognized NGO, an academic organization focused on musicology and dance research. Founded in London on September 22, 1947, it publishes the Yearbook for Traditional Music once a year, and a twice-yearly bulletin. Since 2005, its President has been Dr. Adrienne L. Kaeppler, curator of Oceanic Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution.[1] The organization was previously known as The International Folk Music Council (IFMC). In 1949, it helped founded the UNESCO International Music Council.


Since 1967, the ICTM has hosted a biennial conference.[2] In 2009, it was in Durban, South Africa, and in 2011 it will be in St. John's Newfoundland.[3]


Study groups[edit]

The ICTM hosts several study groups which focus on a particular aspect of music or dance research. As of 2010, the groups are:

  • Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures
  • Applied Ethnomusicology
  • Computer Aided Research
  • East Asian Historical Musical Sources
  • Ethnochoreology
  • Folk Musical Instruments
  • Historical Sources of Traditional Music
  • Iconography
  • Maqam
  • Multi-Part Music
  • Music And Dance In Southeastern Europe
  • Music and Gender
  • Music and Minorities
  • Music Archaeology
  • Music of the Arab World
  • Music of the Turkic Speaking World
  • Musics of East Asia
  • Music and Dance of Oceania
  • The Performing Arts of South East Asia[3]



  1. ^ Giurchescu, Anca (2006). "2005-2006 Report". International Council for Traditional Music. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ Kaeppler, Adrienne L., Dunin, Elsie Ivancich, ed. (2007). Dance structures: Perspectives on the analysis of human movement. Budapest: Akademiai Kiado. ISBN 978-963-05-8542-2. 
  3. ^ a b c "ICTM General information". Retrieved December 24, 2010. 

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