The MEP Group organises annual symposia to provide an interactive space for networking, learning, reflection and discussion.

Symposium 2021

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This symposium will provide best practice examples and an opportunity for open discussion of recent developments in the music education policy sphere in different countries and regions. Addressing the different stages of the process underpinnning the development and implementation of music education policies, the symposium will showcase and analyze different approaches to evaluating existing policies, influencing agenda setting, formulating policies, monitoring implementation, or engaging stakeholders. Bringing together music education specialists and policy-makers, it will offer inspiring and critical insights on how some of the shared problems affecting the music education field are being addressed at the policy-level and help to identify possible steps for future policy actions.


Presentations and panels from Australia, Canada, Brazil, the US, Scotland, Finland, India, Singapore and the OECD. More...


Participation is by invitation only. If you'd like to be invited, please write to Brent at

Supporting documentation

Finnish Music Education Vision 2030

Overview of Finnish Music Education System

OECD Presentation: Fostering Creativity and Critical Thinking in Music Education

Including First Nations' Perspectives in the Music Curriculum in Brazil, presentation by Magda Pucci, 2021

Symposium 2020

The e-symposium “Rethinking Policies for Music Education in a Post-Pandemic World”, organized by the Music Education Policy Group from 28-30 October 2020, brought together 69 MEP Group Members and external experts from the music, culture and education ecosystems from 25 different countries. Discussing issues related to workforce development, music in schools and equitable access and participation in three virtual sessions, participants explored how the disruption caused by the pandemic may provide a unique opportunity to rebuild and reshape the field of music education and to rethink policies, including funding policies. Reflecting on how the pandemic has exposed and exacerbated critical inequalities and vulnerabilities, accelerated change in certain domains and brought into clearer focus areas that need further attention, discussions looked at what influential stakeholders across different levels would have to do to ensure that music – as a powerful form of cultural expression – can be used as an engine of reconstruction and, beyond that, what needs to be done so the global music education community can fully embrace a “new normal” that is based on equity and diversity and driven by its collective values.

Program & Presentations | Summary

Symposium 2019

The MEP Group held its inaugural symposium on "Policies for Unlocking Potential: Music & Creativity in Education" on 14-15 October 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

The symposium was hosted by the Arts Council England, one of the chairing organizations of the MEP Group. It was open for MEP Group member organizations and invited experts; it brought together policy-makers, practitioners and academics to share insights and culturally diverse perspectives with a particular focus on the link between music education policy and creativity within and beyond the public education system.

Symposium documentation

Presentations & Documentation

Info materials provided by participants:

Send, Inspire - Great Music for Every Child in UK Special Schools, Live Music Now

Projects Guri from Brazil and Arte para Crecer from Peru (video) and website of Teca Alencar de Brito

The Durham Commission on Creativity and Education, Final Report, 2019

Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan (2013) and related: ‘Creativity is the skill of the future

A note of concern: The future of instrumental music tuition in schools Report. (Jan 2019), The Education and Skills Committee of the Scottish Parliament

Fostering Students' Creativity and Critical Thinking - What it Means in School, (book), OECD, 2019

ArtsEqual Research Initiative, Finland, Results


Shaping the Next 10 Years: Creative People, Cultural Communities and a Creative and Cultural Country; presentation by Hannah Fouracre, Arts Council England

Current Music Education Policies and Creativity: The FLADEM Perspective; presentation by Adriana Rodrigues Didier, Latin American Forum for Music Education (FLADEM)

The Embedded Artist: Challenges Higher Education Music Institutions Have to Face Against the Background of a Changing Job Market; presentation by Stefan Gies, Association of European Conservatoires

The OECD-CERI Project on Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills in Education; presentation by Carlos Gonzalez-Sancho, OECD

The Dilemma of International Regional Collaboration in a Global Artistic Scene, presented by Eline Wernberg Sigfusson, Nordic Culture Fund

A Norwegian Perspective on Teacher Education, presented by Jonas C. Romme, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

The Portuguese Association of Music Education and the Cantar Mais Project: Building Teacher Capacities, presented by Manuela Encarnacao, APEM

Music Education in Scotland, presented by Morag MacDonald, Creative Scotland