Making Music Launch Adult Music Learning Manifesto

Making Music, the UK’s number one organisation for leisure-time music has launched it’s Adult Music Learning Manifesto.

In September, Making Music hosted a symposium with key figures in the music sector that focussed on identifying the barriers and needs of adult music learners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and how Making Music can improve adult learners’ access to active engagement with music.

A wide variety of participants from across the music sector came together for the day, with attendees including organisations, businesses, educators, leisure-time music groups and more.

The purpose was:

  • to describe and bring to life what an adult music learner looks like;
  • to map what adult music learning looks like, and what makes it different;
  • to capture what adult music learners’ specific challenges may be;
  • to explore how some of those barriers could be dismantled – and by whom.

Making Music then hosted a follow-up afternoon to flesh out more detailed actions and involve more organisations in this discussion. Following on from this, they have created a document that outlines the outcome of those workshops, summarising information on each of the points with a manifesto that gives some suggestions as to how it can be made into reality.

Manifesto for adult music learning

A) Every adult in the UK is able to actively participate in music: access & inclusion;
B) Adult music learning is supported with infrastructure, information, recognition;
C) Under-18s education encourages lifelong music-making.

Read the document and manifesto that Making Music has produced following these workshops.