Music Education for All - the music education sector's strategy


The music education sector envisages a situation where everyone in the UK - from 0 to 100+ is able to:

  • Learn about and through making music;
  • Enjoy opportunities to make the music of their choice in a variety of settings; and
  • Experience the benefits that arise from making quality music


The Music Education Council brings together all those in music education with strategic interests so as to improve music education across the UK through: 

  • Better communication;
  • Identifying and facilitating opportunities for collaboration; and
  • Working with its membership to identify and engage with those organisation(s) that are best placed to take or lead necessary action

Through its activity, MEC helps to improve music education and enhances the sector’s effectiveness.

Priorities for 2017

Through the considerations of the working groups and as a result of a seminar in December 2016, MEC has identified the following priorities for 2017:

  • Quality and Progression
  • Evidence and Advocacy; and
  • Inclusion, Accesibilitiy and Diversity

MEC is also leading on a development project for ISME, which builds understanding and the potential for collaboration in respect of Social Justice, Well-being, and Identity.

All of the working groups will keep these in mind as they take forward their discussions and activity.


Through seminars and consultation, key areas are identified for action to improve access to high quality music education for all.

Under the overarching theme of Music Education for All, and with quality and progression as threads that run through all activity, the following working groups are currently established:

  • Adults
  • Early Years
  • First Access
  • Higher education and initial teacher training
  • Music Curriculum in Schools
  • Music Technology
  • Singing

Feeding into each of these groups will be considerations around continuing professional development, research and consumer voice (e.g. the voice of the young person, adult, parent or carer of child)  

Celebrating and sharing good practice will be achieved through the MEC Music Education Awards.

Membership of working groups is open to all MEC members and their membership. MEC members will receive regular updates on the activity of all of the groups and on any cross cutting activity.

Working groups will continue to function as long as they have relevance and actions that need undertaking. MEC will, through continued consultation over time, identify other emerging priority areas and establish additional working groups as necessary.

Success criteria

In terms of sector working

  • Evidence of more collaborative working across the sector
  • Less duplication of work
  • Better use being made of research reports and conference outputs to directly inform practice
  • Evidence of more people who deliver music education being aware of the work that MEC does and, through the working groups, being aware of work across the sector

In terms of music education delivery

  • Agreement on what constitutes quality - and improvements in delivery which reflect that definition
  • Evidence of improved access to music making for all, particularly people in special circumstances
  • Evidence of progression routes being more accessible across a range of genres
  • Evidence of music being recognised as a means to delivering improved standards in a number of difference areas (education, behaviour, health, community etc.)     
  • Evidence of music being used in a wider range of settings (healthcare, residential and nursing care, prisons, community development etc.)
  • Evidence of better prioritising of the use of public money