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Virtual concerts do work but students would benefit from additional local performance opportunities.

The Government recently published two White Papers of relevance to music education: one about culture and one about schools.  They are vast and complex, so Sound Connections have summarised the key points in a briefing paper about each.  In this article, they also consider what the proposals in the White Papers mean for three things they care about: Early Years, young people in Challenging Circumstances, and Youth Voice.

This is part of a keynote I delivered in March at Colston Hall to the RESEO conference ( It is heavily plaigarised and I have tried to give credit to those whose copy and ideas I have nicked. It's more of a rant than an attempt to put forward new ideas but it sums up what I think of technology. Thanks for reading...

What are your priorities for the future of music education in Islington? 

Taking Off is about musical progression for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances. It aims to enable more pathways for vulnerable children and young people in London across the full diversity of the offer and at every level of participation and excellence.

The ReWired survey has gathered information about existing youth voice activities in music education across England for the first time.

The Music Education Council is a non-party political organisation that simply strives to ‘promote and advance the education and training of the public in music’.

There is not a great deal published on gender and music education, but what has been published is fascinating. 

Bringing people together in community music projects is a healing getout in a digital age and can involve a spectrum of online and offline groups.

Quality is paramount. The quality of leadership, management, teaching and learning will have an impact on the outcome for children and young people.

Over the past year, Sound Connections staff and Wired4Music ambassadors have been out and about across the UK to meet and consult with musical young people.

How can we sustain and improve the access to and quality of music education over the next 3 years? If this question interests you do read on!