We are delighted to be able to partially reopen Colwell Arts Centre from the 26th April 2021 on a strict appointment-only basis. To collect, return or exchange an instrument, please contact us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk to make an appointment.


If you are a self employed teacher or school looking for support with regards to planning for the forthcoming academic year then please click here.

COVID-19 Instrument Hire Help

We understand at these difficult times that some families will be finding payment of these invoices challenging, especially where you might have significantly reduced incomes. We do not want to let money be a barrier to your child continuing to learn on the instrument they have chosen and we have made funding available to support this. Please click here to complete the COVID-19 Instrument Hire Help form and email to mark.medland@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Research and evidence

Music education works - new (2015) website summarising research from across the world

The power of music – Susan Hallam, Institute of Education (2009)
An academically rigorous assessment of evidence from a variety of published research reports

Wow! It’s music next – Bamford & Glinkowski , FMS/DfES (2009)
Snapshot study, eight local authorities delivering Wider Opportunities programme at Key Stage 2

Music teaches skills that business leaders need: 32 CEOs interviewed for their music education stories

Sing Up Programme evaluation 2007-11

ImagineNation: The case for cultural learning – Cultural Learning Alliance (2011)
Key Research Findings: The case for cultural learning
“Using only evidence from cohort studies with large sample sizes (12,000+) and research with control groups, the CLA can emphatically say there are instrumental outcomes delivered by cultural learning and these have been grouped into five key research findings.”

Reinvesting in arts education – Winning America’s future through creative schools. President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (2011, U.S)
Includes longitudinal data on students ie as pupils and beyond school education

Champions of Change: the impact of the arts on learning – E Fiske, AEP (1999)


Music education in the United States has been under threat for years and various organisations have developed some great resources for advocating music education:
http://musicaustralia.org.au/ (an example from Australia)
For parents specifically: http://www.amparents.org


Research collated by Anita Holford of Writing Services.

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