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Fresh Thinking for Music Education: Live streamed breakfast seminar

Youth Music invited guest speakers to explore new ways to engage young people with music and explore the implications for music education. If you missed the seminar, watch it now here.

Music is a vibrant and essential part of Britain’s cultural fabric: a success-story artistically, economically and socially. Music-making transforms the lives of children and young people - particularly those with least opportunity - helping them to overcome challenges they face as they find their place in the world.

The creativity, commitment and skills of music education professionals are the bedrock of children’s music-making. 80% of young people cite music as a ‘passion’, but many aren’t engaging with the music curriculum in their school. How can we ensure that music education meets the needs of young people, reflecting and nurturing the fast-evolving ways in which they create, share and consume music?

At our first breakfast seminar at the RSA in London on Wednesday 24 July, guest speakers explored the changing face of the music business, the way young people engage with music and the potential implications for music education.

"It was absolutely inspiring and a true eye opener about the music industry and youth music." Live-stream viewer

Watch the seminar below and read the Tweets from the event.


Jen Long (Presenter - BBC Introducing) explores what a “music career” means in the 21st century and how young people’s passion for music can be harnessed in many different ways.



Chris Price ( & MTV) provides a unique insight into how young people use social media to express themselves through music, as well as an up-to-the-minute insight into the new language of music-making, sharing and discovery



Pete Paphides (Music Journalist & Critic) presents and optimistic view of why cuts and the recession should not be a barrier to young people making music.



Matt Griffiths (Executive Director of charity Youth Music) discusses the implications that young peoples' changing relationship with music might have on music educaiton in future.


All speakers come together to answer thought-provoking questions from the audience.




Listen to music tracks from the day

For all you music lovers out there, we have made the music tracks from the day available to download on SoundCloud. These songs were created by young people from projects supported by Youth Music. We hope you agree that it’s vital we keep supporting young musical talent, especially for those who might otherwise not have the opportunity. Enjoy!