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 2018 – 2020

  • Facilitating greater involvement with MEC for those who wish to influence the future of music education in the UK;
  • Building more effective collaborations within each nation of the UK in the light of their particular contexts and challenges;
  • Preparing in England for a National Plan for Music Education 2020 to 2030 by
    • articulating clear messages around which our sector can unite;
    • engaging with policy makers and funders; and
    • supporting those who work directly with our music education workforce.


Celebrating and sharing good practice will be achieved through MEC’s Music Education Awards, through MEC Seminars and through the MEC News Updates.

Under the overarching theme of Music Education for All, the following Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are currently in existance. Others will be formed in response to requests from members. and with quality and progression as threads that run through all activity, the following working groups are currently established:

  • Additional Support Needs/Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Early Years
  • Higher education and initial teacher training
  • Industry
  • Lifelong learning
  • Music Curriculum including music in primary, secondary and special schools, composing and creating, and first access
  • Music Technology
  • Quality
  • Research
  • Singing

Membership of SIGs is open to all MEC individual members and to members of MEC member organisations (with their agreement). Members can join a SIG at any time. All MEC members will receive regular updates on the activity of these groups and on any cross cutting activity via the MEC News Updates.

Task and Finish Groups (TFGs) are groups that are established to deal with key tasks that have been identified by the MEC Forum for priority action. Tasks will be specific and time-limited, with a clear intended outcome. TFGs will engage with and report to the full council via seminars, consultations and the MEC News Updates. Membership of the TFGs is the same as for SIGs, but must join the TFG when it is set up.

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