[RESOURCE UPDATE] The stages and indicators of inclusion in music services and hubs

Table showing sample page from Stage & Indicators of Inclusion resource

Last October, we published a blank version of a tool to help music services to consider how inclusion becomes integrated within their delivery of music education, and their organisation’s development. It is the second most popular piece of content we’ve published. So we’re now sharing a ‘filled in’ version. We hope you’ll download it, use it as a discussion tool in your music service, and let us know if you think we need to add or change anything.

Music services are constantly changing and innovating- challenging exclusive practices (see page 3) that can be hidden by unquestioned traditions. Each service is at a different place on our journey to address this, but we all face common challenges, and will all recognise the indicators listed in the tool.

About this tool

This set of slides is the latest version (see previous blog and template here) of a collaborative working document, intended to help discussion and planning in music services and hub lead organisations

It has been created by Changing Tracks, based on the experiences of music services who are part of the National Music Services Working Group on Inclusion

Who is it for?

It focuses on the particular challenges for ‘music services’, as organisations, to become inclusive – whether they are still local authority-run or have moved out of local authority control.  

How do I use it?

The diagram and tool ask you to consider how inclusion becomes integrated within music services as a process (ie: it does not depict the progression of a particular cohort of young people). We think it’s most helpful as a discussion tool in team meetings, alongside Youth Music’s EDI audit spreadsheet and action plan template and their Evidencing how hubs are becoming more inclusive guidance for hubs.

What next?

We’re here to help – visit our website for resources, or sign up to our enews to keep in touch and find out about opportunities and support including support with EDI planning and CPD.

Change this: We hope you will also contribute to the next version by adding your comments and suggestions or edits to your downloaded version of this document (please make sure we can see clearly what you have done) and returning it to: Michael.Davidson@hertfordshire.gov.uk. Once we have enough feedback, we will publish a Version 3.

Hertfordshire Music Service is a founder member of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England (AMIE). It runs the Changing Tracks programme which helps music services to become more inclusive by providing a peer network, resources and tools, and funding for action research on the barriers and drivers to inclusion.  Visit the AMIE Musical Inclusion Resource Hub for tools and guidance, blogs, videos, case studies and more, to help you break down barriers to music-making.

* Sources: We think the stages of inclusion originates from work published by the Centre for Studies in Inclusive Education, but the graphic appears at:





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