Who gets to play? Investigating equity in musical instrument instruction in Scottish Primary Schools

Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Education


Key findings that underpinned the impact of Moscardini and Wilson’s study were the significant under-representation of children with additional support needs receiving instrumental lessons. This resulted in requests to present the findings at a Heads of Instrumental Services national conference, at a national conference on disability and the arts, and at an international symposium on music and disability. Paragon Music, an arts organisation whose work includes working with disabled children and adults also learned about the study, and used the findings to inform their proposals to Creative Scotland and to Children in Need for funding for instrumental lessons targeted at disabled and hard to reach children. They subsequently secured funding of £30,000 from Creative Scotland and £10,000 from Children in Need to establish a ‘music for all’ programme which they have called ‘Play On’.
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Category of impactCulture and creativity, Education