What does MEC do?

A survey of MEC members (in 2013) showed that MEC performs an important service by being a balanced point of reference and secure source of information for what is going on in the wider music sector beyond the particular interests of the individual member organisations.


  • provides a common meeting ground and opportunities for the exchange of information
  • arranges events to discuss important aspects of music education
  • promotes research in music education, and its impact on policy and practice
  • attends and contributes to major UK forums, conferences and committees
  • contributes to public debate and responds to current issues on music education
  • advocates on behalf of music education and training
  • represents the views of its membership to all relevant government and statutory bodies
  • works collaboratively with other national and international organisations to further the cause of music education
  • represents UK music education at international events

How does MEC do that?

In carrying out the above activities MEC operates in three ways:

  • Proactive:
  • Reactive:

 But, above all, MEC is

  •  Representative:

Through facilitating discussion and debate MEC enables the sector to be better informed about the views different parts of the sector hold, including understanding why those differences exist.  MEC helps to find common ground where possible and, following consultation with its members, the MEC executive determines how best to move forward where there is disagreement.

MEC 2013 to 2016 will be addressing:

  • The school music curriculum
  • Funding for music education in and out of school 2015 to 2016
  • Funding and policy development for music education 2015 to 2020 and beyond

Focus Groups 

The current MEC constitution recognises six focus groups into which member organisations might fall.  This is by no means the perfect grouping, but it provides for focussed discussions in some key areas which will set the MEC Business Plan for the next three years. The intention is that focus groups will now become active, facilitated by a member of the MEC Executive and with representatives from any interested member organisations.

Each facilitator, in consultation with the focus group members, will determine the key issues for the focus group (by 16 January 2014). The proposal is that this will initially be achieved by

  1. email to establish the issues; and then
  2. possible seminars (or time set aside in wider MEC seminars) to determine priorities and actions; followed by
  3. further dissemination/discussion via email/MEC updates

Current focus groups and lead facilitators:

  1. Music Business/Industry – Paul McManus
  2. Higher Education and Training – Jay Deeble
  3. Schools/Colleges (age 3-19) – Dorothy Nancekievill
  4. Vocal/Instrumental Teaching – Richard Hallam
  5. Inspection/Advising/Examining – Lincoln Abbotts
  6. Community/Adult Education/Education section of music performing groups – Kathryn Deane