19th June 2020

Music Education in 2020: What Are We Learning?

As part of our ongoing commitment to be responsive to the needs of children, young people, their families and the music education workforce in Wiltshire, we’ve commissioned a research project to help us understand people’s views and experiences of learning and making music due to the changes caused by Coronavirus.

Everyone is learning new things as we navigate our way through music education in the world of social distancing.  Children and young people are learning in new ways using remote and online resources, parents are learning how they can support learning at home, music educators are embracing technology and adapting their teaching to online methods.

As a Music Education Hub we are learning how we can continue to support and sustain music education in the county through a mix of activities, which includes remote working and online opportunities.

Click here to take part in our online questionnaire

Closing date: Monday 6 July 2020

We have commissioned a freelance researcher, Nell Farrally*, to lead the research with an invited group of our Associate Providers taking the role of co-researchers.

The Associates invited to take part were selected using criteria to represent a range of experience, genre, instrument and geographical spread amongst the group of co-researchers.

The methods we’re using for this research are:

  • An online questionnaire for children, young people and parents/carers.
  • Reflective case studies written by the Associate co-researchers about how their teaching practice has changed and the process they have gone through to adapt their work.
  • Associate co-researchers carrying out online interviews with a small number of their students who are currently having online music lessons.

A public summary document of the findings will be produced in the autumn, followed by an online sharing event for Associates.

If you want to keep up to date with the research project, sign up to our mailing list or follow our social media accounts: Twitter @WiltsHub Facebook @wiltshiremusicconnect

*Nell has led various other projects for the Hub including the Take Note youth consultations and other mapping and evaluation reports.  She is herself a musician, an experienced early years music leader and has an MSc in Social Research and Evaluation.