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Musical Inclusion

What is Musical Inclusion?

Musical Inclusion is about removing barriers to ensure all children enjoy full participation in a music education which supports the development and achievement of each young person based on their individual abilities, needs and interests.

Musically inclusive practice ensures that all children and young people who want to can make music. It can only happen by embracing a wide range of genres and styles, supporting participants to achieve social and personal outcomes as well as musical ones, and having a music education workforce which can work with young people of all backgrounds, needs and interests


What does inclusion involve?

Inclusion involves change. It is an unending process of increasing learning and participation for all students. It is an ideal to which Hubs can aspire but which is never fully reached. But inclusion happens as soon as the process of increasing participation is started. An inclusive Hub is one that is on the move.

(Adapted from Booth and Ainscow, 2002:3)

Musically inclusive practice involves making sure young people's music is HEARD:

Holistic - placing emphasis on personal, social and musical outcomes

Equitable – people facing the biggest barriers receive the most support

Authentic - developed with and informed by the people we do it for  

Representative – the people we work with as participants and colleagues reflect our diverse society

Diverse – all musical genres, styles, practices are valued equally

MAC MEH Strategy Group: Musical Inclusion Strategy 2018 – 2021

This document outlines the shared content of the Musical Inclusion Strategies adopted by the five members of the MAC MEH Strategy Group: Birmingham Music Education Partnership, Coventry Music Education Hub, Sandwell Music Education Hub, Solihull Music Education Hub, and Worcestershire Music Education Hub.

We are currently working closely with our hub partners to refresh our strategy. To find out more about how you can be more inclusive in your approach, take a look at Youth Music's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) tool here.

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