Research & Advocacy

We carry out research and advocate strongly for the best music education in Scotland in all its forms. See below for current information, research and actions in this area:


What’s Going On Now?

What’s Going on Now? (WGON) is a major examination of music education and youth music-making in Scotland. The research was commissioned by Creative Scotland and conducted by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, across a twelve-month period from early 2018 to early 2019.

During the research, RCS reported to the Music Education Partnership Group, which includes representation across a wide and diverse range of partners, fully outlined in the report. What’s Going on Now? builds on research published in 2003, and explores the formal, informal and non-formal sectors of music education in Scotland.


We Make Music Online

This research tells the story of what happened in music education across Scotland in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in both formal and non-formal settings. The Music Education Partnership Group’s Board is grateful to Lio Moscardini and Andrew Rae for their excellent work in producing and presenting the results of this research carefully and quickly.

The research was collected during the months of June and July 2020 through the mediums of webinars, interviews and surveys. It has many interesting and sometimes surprising findings. The executive summary highlights the consistent and coherent patterns emerging from parents, teachers and students on the ground. Perhaps the most gratifying finding is that teachers, where they could, continued to satisfy their young students’ thirst for musical knowledge, and their appetite to be supported to learn and add new things to their sum of understanding about the subject. 


Following The Science

Following the Science is a systematic review of the literature relating to singing and brass, woodwind and bagpipe playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The current COVID-19 situation has resulted in widespread concern and uncertainty relating to musical performance and the potential risks associated with singing and brass, woodwind and bagpipe playing. Though there is some advice and guidance, it is important that future guidance should be evidence-based, and the sources identified.

This review gathers historical as well as the most recent relevant knowledge to provide evidence-based guidance for safe performance practice. The literature was analysed in order to determine the evidence of risk attached to singing and brass, woodwind and bagpipe playing, in relation to the spread of airborne pathogens such as COVID-19, through droplets and aerosol. It also informed the measures to mitigate risk

MEPG hopes that the insights and carefully assembled recommendations arising from this research will be useful to current and future policy makers in the wider forum of education, and not only in music. 

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