Music education for everyone

What does music education for everyone look like? And what can Making Music and its members do to make it happen?

To help us answer these questions, in May 2018 we asked members for their views. This report is a result of that consultation.

On music education for under-18s, members were concerned that young people now do not have the opportunities they did, which have enabled them to spend a lifetime enjoying making music, with all the well-researched benefits to their individual well-being and that of their communities. Cost, members felt, was the biggest barrier for under-18s.

What is Making Music doing about this?

We are supporting this petition asking for free instrumental tuition for all children in school. This will get a debate in Westminster if it reaches 100,000 signatures by 5 January. Please sign and share!

Following the success earlier this year of a similar petition in Scotland set up by trombonist and lawyer by day Ralph Riddiough, Ralph, Making Music’s manager in Scotland Alison Reeves, and professional trumpet-player Mick Cooke gave evidence to the Scottish Parliment Petitions Committee. 

We have also drafted this letter, which we are looking to get co-signed by various organisations and then published. You can use it, too, or bits of it, to write to your MP.

There will be other campaigns planned for 2019. Check back on this page or make sure you are signed up to our Campaigns & Advocacy emails.

Our survey also asked about music education for over-18s, and the biggest issue was identified as confidence. In 2019 we will looking how to tackle this and other challenges.


Responses on music education hubs in the survey show there is currently little engagement between these providers and adult community music groups in their areas. We will be looking to facilitate conversations and collaborations in future.

Furthermore, our report will help us shape our submission to the consultation on the National Plan for Music Education (NPME) which is now up for review. 


The petition above mirrors Ralph Riddiough's petition, which collected enough signatures to be given a session on 13 September 2018 with the Scottish Parliament Petitions Committee. Watch the session on the Scottish Parliament TV channel. The petition has generated useful momentum and work is being carried forward by the Music Education Parliamentary Group.


The recent report by the Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Welsh Language and Communications, 'Hitting The Right Note', calls for recommendations, which will be debated in the Senedd on 24 October. Making Music submitted its response to the Committee and to various ministers ahead of the debate, which our manager in Wales, Iori Haugen, will be attending. 

Is Making Music working with others?

Yes! Members’ views and the report help guide us in this respect, too: how we support other advocacy activity, such as the Music Education Council, and the ISM-led Ebacc campaign.

What you can do now

•    Sign and share the petition
•    Write to your MP, asking them to support free instrumental tuition for all children throughout their school years
•    Engage with the Ebacc campaign