Booking is now open for the seminar to be held on 14th September at Regent’s University London, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NS

Visit Eventbrite to secure your ticket – places are limited.

And don’t forget – if you are a membership organisation then your members are entitled to purchase tickets at the MEC member rate – please share this posting with your members.

The Future of Music Education for All: 2018 to 2020 and beyond.

Following on from the seminar at Leeds College of Music on July 18th the Music Education Council invites all members and non-members to come together to hear from Keynote speaker Mark Philips Her Majesty's Inspector; Senior HMI in London (confirmed) about music education in schools in England and then to further discuss the key issues and actions for the music education sector leading to music education for all across the UK and across the age range.

Sir Nicholas Kenyon (confirmed) will speak and answer questions relating to the newly established Commission.

Plenty of time for networking and discussion around:

  • MEC’s Key Themes (quality and progression; evidence-based advocacy; and inclusion: access and diversity);
  • Themes of the MEC /ISME project (Social Justice, Well-being and Identity); and
  • The MEC Working Group areas (Adults; ASN/SEND; Early Childhood; HE/ITT; Music Technology; Research; School Music Curriculum and First Access; and Singing)

Attendance at previous seminar NOT necessary. A briefing paper will be sent to all delegates so that the discussions can move on from the previous seminars.

Provisional Programme:

10.30 am Registration

11.00 am Introduction

11.05 am Sir Nicholas Kenyon - The Commission

11.30 Keynote - Mark Philips Her Majesty's Inspector Ofsted (Senior HMI London)

12.30 pm MEC update

12.45 Lunch and networking

13.30 Discussion groups (1)

14.30 Discussion groups (2)

15.30 Plenary feedback and networking (to 16.00)

Book by no later than 11th September to secure your place.


Applications invited for the Music Education Awards 2017

All music education hubs in England and music services in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are invited to submit an application for the Music Education Awards 2017.

The Music Education Awards process has been found to be a valuable exercise for hubs and services to examine their practice and provision and to think about the services that their clients value and need. The Awards themselves aim to promote many forms of excellent music education provision and provide a platform for music services and hubs across the UK to celebrate their good work.

Details and application forms can be found here.

Apply yourself as a head of music service or hub lead - or pass the information on to a service or hub you think should be promoting its excellent practice.

Closing date Monday 9th October.


New Constitution Adopted

At a special meeting on 27th March 2017 a new constitution for MEC was adopted.

Details can be found on the About MEC page of this website.

Nominations will be sought shortly for new posts on the Trustee Board; for membership of the Forum Standing List; and elected members of the Forum.

Nominations will be open to MEC members only so, if you want to get involved in the new look Council do consider joining - see the Join MEC section of the website or e-mail admin@mec.org.uk for details.


Music Education Awards Winners Announced

Joint winners of the Music Education Council Music Education Awards 2016, announced at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence ceremony as part of Music Education Expo 2017:

  • Bristol Plays Music
  • Portsmouth Music Hub

This year, we had a shortlist of seven from which to choose our overall winner. Some years we cannot choose a winner – or rather, we cannot choose a single winner, no matter how hard we try. Inclusivity demands that we don’t look for artificial distinctions between submissions – so this year we again have joint winners. This is a summary of the judges’ appraisal of the two winners.

Bristol Plays Music

Here’s a hub that takes its cues from the Stanford principles of collective impact and collaborative action: easy to say, but hard to pull off. We thought Bristol Plays Music were already well on the road to success, especially with its flagship inclusion strategy A new ambition for inclusive excellence, which has set itself the challenge of transforming music education for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, and for looked after children.

This is a bold, cohesive, approach that is delivering impressive work across many areas including inspirational first access provision. A new El Sistema-inspired programme is credited by one school as helping it transform from “special measures to the good school it is today”. And we liked the continuation of the Beat Lab creative music technology programme. Backing this up is a detailed curriculum package for schools and a comprehensive CPD programme. And the hub is using Sound and Music’s Minute of listening pack to support the development of those crucial listening skills.

And the music just flows out; the highlight probably being BBC Radio 3's live broadcast featuring the South West Open Youth Orchestra, The ReVoice neurological choir, Bristol Youth Choir and British Paraorchestra.


Portsmouth Music Hub

An admirable application, in which every single element is strong, and most are tried and tested from previous years. Talented pupils are recognised in a dozen genres, from urban to opera by way of jazz and military.

There is a deep understanding of the needs of children and young people in challenging circumstances. Not only is provision wide ranging – free oboe lessons, rock groups working with hard to reach young people, bespoke instrumental learning for visually-impaired students – but the consequences are thought through: so the hub guarantees to find appropriate ensembles for all young people at all stages of instrumental learning.

We liked the award-winning songbooks. We liked the sheer quantity of music making: here, linked to the history curriculum; there, a beginners’ recorder festival. A community musical; a celebration of the hub’s rock bands. A ceilidh. A choral extravaganza.

And underpinning all this, two things. First, the commitment and passion, coupled to a huge energy, of the hub lead. And second, the partners. A most carefully-chosen set of interests – including a folk organisation, a commercial strategy company, a Friends, and the university – with every partner present for a concrete, known purpose.

The judges' full report of the awards process can be found here.


Music Education Council Winter Seminar Report

The report of the highly successful winter seminar, held on 6th December 2016, is now available for download. It provides an overview of the morning session and the conclusions from the afternoon discussion sessions, along with the priority action areas of Quality and Progression, Evidence and Advocacy and Inclusion. The report further provides detailed notes from the discussion groups and MEC member actions to address the priority areas. Download the report here.