Facilitated by: Francesca Christmas –

Five issues have been identified within research:

  • There is a lot of research undertaken relating to music education
  • Much of this is not published in a manner which is useful or accessible to teachers
  • The reward systems for academics do not encourage publication in places which are easy for teachers to access
  • Evaluations of projects by organisations are not always placed in the public domain which means that they cannot be accessed by academics
  • There is very little funding available for teachers to undertake further study leading to research. Those wishing to pursue masters or doctoral studies generally have to fund themselves


  • The Power of Music report is available here with executive summary here and a one page briefing paper available here
  • CPD research is available here
  • ABRSM’s Making Music report is available here
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Inspire Music report  is available here
  • Summary of Developing great teaching: Lessons from the international reviews into effective professional development. Report by the Teacher Development Trust (2015) is available here
  • Summary of Contribution of the arts and culture industry to the national economy: An update of our analysis of the macroeconomic contribution of the arts and culture industry to the national economy is available here
  • The power of equality 2: final evaluation of Youth Music’s Musical Inclusion programme 2012-2015 available to download here.
  • In Harmony Telford & Wrekin and Stoke on Trent report on SEN&D work is available here.


  • MEC to alert the sector to research that is being undertaken
  • MEC to produce summaries of key research reports as they are published
  • MEC to produce summaries of past key research reports
  • MEC to work collaboratively with member organisations considering undertaking research initiatives
  • MEC to work closely with member organisations who publish research to ensure the insight informs discussions with policy and decision makers