MEC: Key Music Education Messages

MEC encourages all its members to communicate key music education messages at all times. They are as follows:


Message 1
Young people’s music making in the UK sets the standard for the rest of the world

  • Young people’s music making in the UK is world-class because it is in every school curriculum and supported by music education organisations and structures.
  • These structures need to be protected and supported with targeted funding from central and local government if we are to maintain our world-class reputation for music making and the existing pathways from beginner to expert 

Message 2
Music education in the UK improves attainment in other areas such as numeracy and literacy.

  • Music is intrinsically important.
  • Music making benefits people of all ages and brings communities together: it promotes the development of emotional intelligence and social skills
  • Music has a vital role in supporting and developing vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled people
  • Music contributes uniquely to achieving literacy and numeracy targets and should be part of a broad and balanced school curriculum

Message 3
Music brings communities together

  • Music education has a role to play in bringing communities together as well as supporting music in the community
  • From mothers and their babies to senior citizens music has many social and health benefits across the lifespan.

Message 4
Music Education is backed by the public

  • Ninety-one per cent of adults agree that every child should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument in school and more than three in four members of the public back ring-fenced funding arrangements (1)


Message 5
Music education underpins our economy

  • Music education helps generate the workforce and audience for the creative arts which last year contributed towards 10% of GDP and were the only (non-public) sector to grow during the recession (2)


(1) Research undertaken by YouGov on behalf of the Incorporated Society of Musicians
(2) Department for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, February 2010