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.
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.