In 2014, ABRSM published its report Making Music, which identified that progression routes are not clearly defined and progress in music learning occurs in a variety of ways and settings. Several of its recommendations articulated the need for a more coherent message about progress and greater collaboration between schools, teachers, music services, community music makers and national institutions.
The Music Commission is a new enquiry that was launched at The Barbican Centre in July 2017. It is tasked with exploring how to better sustain and support progress and progressing in learning music by undertaking a nationwide study and connecting more learners with organisations in the process.
The Music Commission is bringing together new scholarly research under the guidance of the Research Reference Group with recommendations guided by the expertise and experience of a Commission Panel.
Public Consultations will give the opportunity for all those who care about supporting learners to contribute to the debates about progress and progression and make a difference to all our musical futures.
The Music Commission’s final report will be published in November 2019 and will call for significant changes to the way that governments, music organisations, schools, teachers, parents and learners think and talk about progress and progression in learning music.