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Inclusion criteria for WMM ‘Spotlight on…’ case studies

Part 2 of the We Make Music Companion presents a selective series of case studies of exemplary practice in music education in Scotland. Compiling Part 1 of the companion has only served to highlight the abundance of sector-leading activity that is taking place in Scotland. It is due to this volume of good practice, that we have had to employ clear selection criteria for those particular resources and organisations that have had a ‘spotlight’ shone on them in Part 2. It is important to state that this is the first iteration of this companion, and for future updates of the WMM Companion we welcome suggestions for inclusion in Part 2.

We aim to be as transparent as possible in our selection processes, and each organisation or resource which has been selected here has met with two over-arching principles:

  1. They are based in Scotland
  2. Large parts of their work are free to access

Once these fundamental principles have been met, a further stage of selection takes place, applying a scoring rubric, with spotlighted entries having gained an excellent or exemplary rating, taking each of the following criteria into account:

Structural Criteria

  • Utilisation of appropriate resources and technology
  • Engagement with specialists, practitioners, and national bodies.
  • Appropriateness of location/accommodation
  • Clear routes for progression
  • Culture of staff expertise/training and professional learning

Ethical Criteria

  • Accessibility
  • Opportunities for creativity and self-expression
  • Barriers towards participation are understood and addressed
  • Learner voice included in design/delivery
  • Embedded connections with community

Musical Criteria

  • Well considered and developed musical purpose
  • Evidence of confident and accomplished musical facilitation
  • Incorporates a diversity of music and cultures
  • Opportunities for collaboration
  • Provides opportunities to perform/see music in authentic settings

Each of these criteria has been weighted equally, and grouped into the distinct priorities of the WMM vision for music education in Scotland.

It is hoped that in making the selection criteria explicit, areas for enhancement can be identified to help organisations and education providers work towards having a spotlight shone on them in this resource.

It is also recognised that we will not have caught everybody, so please, get in touch with suggestions or queries.

Enquiries should be directed to:

Submit a resource/organisation to the Companion

If you have resources or opportunities for making and learning music, we’d love to hear from you. Follow the link below to make your submission.
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