The Music Commission is an 18-month inquiry which has brought together a panel of experts including performers, academics and educators.
Launched in July 2017, The Music Commission was set up by ABRSM, the leading UK-based charity providing graded music exams and support to teachers and learners around the world, with backing from Arts Council England.
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’s task has been to explore how to better sustain and support progress in making and learning music. The Commission has brought together research, evidence and insights from people involved in music making, learning and teaching at all levels. Our inquiry has been guided by the expertise of the Commission Panel and informed by our Research Reference group.
The Music Commission’s final report was published on 4 March 2019. It sets out key themes and recommendations for improving how governments, music organisations, schools, teachers, parents and learners, look at progress and progression in learning music.