Music Education Mapping

Mapping music education provision across the UK

We are currently mapping music education in the UK, identifying and defining the different strands of music education and explaining how they fit together, and how they support those pursuing a music career.

This mapping exercise will cover music education in all its forms and at all ages, including courses and programmes focused on performance, production and music business, as well as other subjects that may include a music element, such as media, law, events, education and psychology.

For the mapping process we are organising education provision into six core areas, primarily based on the institutions providing the teaching.

Music education comes in many forms. Navigating what is on offer and understanding how different courses, programmes and initiatives inter-connect is complicated.

Music education also has many aims. Music appreciation. Music performance, composition and production. Encouraging and enabling young people to collaborate. And informing and empowering music talent of the future.

We are most interested in the latter aim. We believe that for all young music-makers to be given an equal opportunity to make music, to connect with an audience and to attempt to pursue a music career, it needs to be easier to find and access all and any credible music education opportunities.

And each strand of music education needs to better understand what everyone else in the wider music education ecosystem is doing.

This is what our music education mapping project will enable. It will make it easier to navigate and understand everything that is on offer, so that educators are better connected, students and their parents are better informed, and the music industry can communicate with and better support those working at the start of the talent pipeline.


1. We will publish a series of Pathways Into Music guides to help people navigate and understand all aspects of music education.

2. We will assess provision on a region-by-region basis to identify gaps and advise government, industry and funders on what their priorities might be.

3. We will champion and support initiatives that fill gaps and which work to ensure all young people have access to music education opportunities, and will identify what others can learn from those successful projects.

4. We will ultimately create a music education database that will allow students, parents, teachers, schools, colleges, music hubs, local authorities, national government and the music industry fully navigate and understand music education in each region of the UK.

We are currently looking for companies and organisations interested in supporting this research work by providing insights, data, audience or funding. To discuss supporting this work call 020 7099 9050 or email