Inclusive Access To Music Making Evaluation


Research background

The Inclusive Access to Music Making (IAMM) project was ran by The OHMI Trust and Creative United and funded by Arts Council England between 2020 – 2023. IAMM aimed to offer parity of access to whole class ensemble tuition (WCET) for pupils with additional needs in mainstream primary schools. Through partnership with Music Education Hub (MEH) organisations Nottingham Music Service, Northamptonshire Performing Arts Trust and Services for Education Birmingham Music Service, the needs of children who were taking part in WCET in the following academic year were assessed. Where necessary, OHMI and CU then provided accessible instruments, enabling equipment, staff training, and other interventions in time for when WCET classes begun.

BCU evaluated two iterations of IAMM, which related to WCET activity in 2021/22 and 2022/23. The evaluation focused on:

  • the lived experiences of IAMM participants; and
  • the effectiveness of IAMM’s overall programme of support with regards to improving parity of access to music-making in WCET classes.

Research methods

The evaluation employed a mixed methodology including surveys, observations and interviews to explore perspectives from key IAMM partners, including The OHMI Trust, MEH Leads, music teachers, school teachers and young people.

Evaluation reports

Our IAMM evaluation reports can be accessed here:

Independent Evaluation 2021/22

Independent Evaluation 2022/23