The Music Education Partnership group runs a diverse programme of projects and events that support people working in the music education sector and encourage people to discover the joy of playing and singing music.
Current Projects & Events
The We Make Music Instrument Libraries is a brand new initiative to get musical instruments into public libraries across Scotland, so people will be able to borrow them for free, just like taking out a book!
After a successful crowdfunding campaign, we are currently setting up our pilot Instrument Libraries in Fife, North Ayrshire and Edinburgh.
SIMTN National Conference
The Scottish Instrumental Music Teaching Network was set up to support and connect the music education sector in Scotland. Every year, we hold a national conference where SIMTN members can attend talks and workshops with the leading voices in music education.
Join SIMTN for free to take part in the conference and get other member benefits.
Scottish Young Musicians
Scottish Young Musicians is a festival of music competitions that is open to every school student in Scotland who sings or plays an instrument. The competition aims to help young people achieve their ambitions through their talent in music.
Past Projects & Events
Play to Learn
Play to Learn and Sing to Learn were a series of successful day-long workshop and performance events in 2018 and 2019.
This image shows Sir James Macmillan conducting the West of Scotland Schools Symphony Orchestra, augmented by schoolchildren from all over Scotland, including the Highlands and Islands.
The lockdown was a challenging time for music education, as it was for all of us. MEPG, alongside our wonderful partners, set up several projects to gather people together to share the joy of playing and singing music in these difficult times.
A Birthday Card at Christmas
To celebrate the 175th birthday of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, we invited people to take part in a big performance of a new piece composed by MEPG Convenor John Wallace.
Make Music Day 2021
We marked Make Music Day 2021 with a virtual live gig showcasing young musical talent from across Scotland. Watch them back on the Make Music Day Video Wall.
Building on the success of the summer’s virtual events, we organised Doorstep Jingle Bells and a Symphony of a Thousand playing All I Want for Christmas.
Symphony of a Thousand
A huge online band gathered to play and sing the Beatles classic ‘Hey Jude’. People also shared their doorstep performances to thank the key workers.
We organise training opportunities for people working in the music education sector in Scotland. This includes online and face-to-face workshops covering topics such as cyber security, online teaching methods, working with students with Additional Support Needs, developing rehearsal techniques and more.
Here is a selection of resources created from some of the training programmes we have offered: