CMU+TGE: Music Education

A full-day conference on music education on Wednesday 8 May 2019

A full-day conference within the TGE Conference at The Great Escape focused on the intersection between music education and the music industry.

In 2018 CMU and The Great Escape put the spotlight on music education through a full-day conference that brought together music educators, music employers and the music business.

It was an inspiring day that started a movement to more closely align music education and the music industry.

Lots of questions were raised, and in May 2019 – based on new research from CMU Insights – we aim to provide some answers. And then, no doubt, raise more questions!

• What is music education for anyway?
• Who are the educators and what do they do?
• Which music hubs are getting it right – and why?
• How do education and career paths intersect?
• How could employers help educators right now?
• How could educators help employers right now?
• Who is educating the educators?
• What is the best case for better music education funding?

Bridget Whyte
 CEO, Music Mark
Chris Cooke Founder & Managing Director, CMU Insights
Marie Bessant Music & Performing Arts Subject Advisor, OCR
Matt Griffiths CEO, Youth Music
Max Wheeler Author & Consultant, Charanga
Pamela McCormick Founder & Director, Urban Development
Philip Flood Director, Sound Connections
Phil Nelson Director, Pathways Into Music
Sam Nicholls Director, Music Leeds
Vanessa Wilson-Best Founder, Value Added Kids
With many more to be announced!

CMU Insights will present the first report from the Redefining Music Education project, which will outline a mapping system to help people navigate and understand music education in the UK, while also applying that approach to Brighton and beyond.


01: Music education mapping
Reporting back on phase one of the Redefining Music Education project launched at TGE 2018, we launch a map of music education in the UK, including classroom, extra-curricular, college, university and industry-led programmes and initiatives. We then apply the map to music education in Brighton and beyond, getting insights from the people with insider knowledge on how each segment of the music education map works.

02: What’s the point of a music education anyway?
What are the objectives of music education, both inside and outside the classroom? Do educators agree with each other, with their employers, with policy-makers and with their students? Clearly music education delivers value in a number of different ways. But what ways? And how do we demonstrate that value?

03: Dissecting the music education curriculum
Having identified the objectives of music education, what does that mean for the curriculum? What should we actually teach, in the classroom, in instrument lessons, at college and university, and for students seeking formal qualifications? Do we need a wider definition of music making? Do we need a much wider definition of music making? And if so, how can the music community and the music industry help teachers and schools offer their students that more widely defined music curriculum?

04: What’s the point of a music hub anyway?
The music hubs were established in 2012 to support English schools in the delivery of instrument tuition and other music projects. Though seven years on, there remains much debate about the role and remit of the hubs, and the lead organisations who run them. We review the debate and look at how best practice music hubs have innovated to deliver more to their local schools and young music makers.

05: Music career mapping
We present another strand of the Redefining Music Education project, tracking the careers of music professionals and assessing how and when they connected with music education. We will pilot our career mapping with alumni of Urban Development, to showcase the concept before launching a wider career mapping exercise at TGE 2019.

06: Connecting music education and the music industry
How could music educators and the music industry be more closely aligned? How can the industry provide teachers and their students with useful tools, knowledge and information? How can educators help ensure that the music industry benefits long-term from a knowledgeable and diverse talent pipeline? We look at current collaborations, get a wish list from both sides and put the spotlight on some great educational projects currently looking for industry support.

07: Winning the argument in Westminster
Continuing where the Music Education conference at TGE 2018 left off, we reconsider how music educators – allied with the music industry – can win the argument among policy-makers and their advisors to ensure support and funding for great music education. We hear from law-makers and lobbyists and consider how the rest of the day’s conversations might provide further momentum in Westminster, Whitehall and beyond.

To access the CMU+TGE: Music Education conference CLICK HERE and get yourself a TGE delegates pass.

A standalone ‘day ticket’ is also available for the CMU+TGE: Music Education conference for just £65 – CLICK HERE to get one of those.

CLICK HERE for more info about the full CMU+TGE programme for 2019.

CLICK HERE for more info about the wider TGE Conference.