December 6

EP. 32 – Working in Tokyo & impactful DEI initiatives for international school music departments w/ Louisa Danmeri


Like many international school music educators, Louisa Danmeri's "one or two year adventure" as an international school music teacher quickly turned into 10 years! It's incredible how many times I've heard this same story from the community! Louisa is the Director of Whole School Music at the British School in Tokyo and has some brilliant insights to share with us.

In this episode, we explore:

  • Louisa's background as a professional cellist, including her time working with Cellestial Cello Quartet.
  • what it's like to live and work in the bustling city of Tokyo, Japan.
  • perspectives on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in music education, as experienced personally during childhood, and as enacted as a teacher throughout her career. 
  • the key idea that 'representation is important' in music education, and how the team at BST are looking at this in their curriculum.
  • the important connection to host country culture through the school's strong taiko program with local artist and culture bearer Moko Sensei.

Please enjoy this wide-ranging episode with Louisa and, as always, please do get in touch if you have some ideas/thoughts/initiatives to add to this conversation:


Get in touch with Louisa:

Linkedin -

Links from this episode:

The Big Gig JAPAN -
The Big Gig BANGKOK -
The Big Gig INDIA -

World Music Pedagogy Courses -

Cellestial Cello Quartet -

Kuumba Youth Orchestra -

Moko Sensei - Taiko teacher in Tokyo - BST Music Newsletter article -

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DEI, Japan, Tokyo