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Evidence that music paves the way to employment

As the summer comes to a close and we reflect upon another year, it’s all too clear that music continues to battle for its place in education despite the plentiful, compelling evidence of the power of music we all know and believe.  Sound Connections recently reported about the Bacc for the Future campaign, which is a reflection of the challenge we face to keep creativity alive and well for our young people.

Within our capacity as researchers and advocates here at Sound Connections, we’re always on the lookout for evidence to dispel the suggestion that music and the arts lack importance when it comes to career paths and employment.  We were delighted to see that in a poll of the top 10 UK universities from which you’re most likely to get a graduate job, four are conservatoires and a further two are visual arts and creative industries institutions.  A hugely powerful statement.

One of the Sound Connections’ Teach Through Music delivery partners, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, is second on the list, evidencing the impact of the work they do not only training a diversity of performers, but also supporting musicians into both formal and non-formal music education careers.   The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is praised for “its work in making performing arts education more accessible for young people from underprivileged backgrounds”.  Congratulations also to the Royal College of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music at numbers 1 and 7 on the list respectively.

We enter the new academic year hoping this evidence is heeded, and that it’s a sign the music education sector has a positive and productive year of campaigning ahead.


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