What Are We Learning?

What Are We Learning? was a research project commissioned by Wiltshire Music Connect to capture what the music education sector in Wiltshire were learning from the move to online musical tuition during the coronavirus lockdown in spring and summer 2020.  I was the lead researcher with a team of 8 co-researchers (all Associates of Wiltshire Music Connect) investigating how tutors, students and families’ experiences of musical learning during lockdown had changed practice and aspirations for the future.  The research involved written reflective case studies by the co-researchers, online interviews with 32 students who took part in online tuition during lockdown, and online questionnaire responses from 53 children/young people and 234 parents/carers.

The research outputs were 3 documents with differing levels of detail about the findings: a visual summary of the headlines, a 6-page summary report and an 18-page more detailed report.  All are available to download on the Wiltshire Music Connect website.

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Sound Splash Case Studies

Sound Splash was Bristol Plays Music’s Musical Inclusion module, funded by Youth Music between 2012 and 2015. After writing an interim evaluation report for Sound Splash, I was commissioned to research and write a series of Case Studies which were a key aspect of sharing the project’s learning across the music education sector. Using structured interviews, I worked with 10 organisations to help them articulate the learning from their Breakthrough and Coldspot projects

Download a PDF with all the Case Studies.