B. Evaluation for Enhancement


'To strengthen and connect the quality enhancement frameworks surrounding all levels of music education so as to ensure a coherent trajectory in the development of the skills, competences and know-how of young musicians, whether destined to be the cultural and creative players or the engaged audiences of the future'



This strand of the FULL SCORE project is concerned with assessing how effectively all the stages and strands of music education in Europe work in a coherent way to provide future cultural and creative players with skills, competences and know-how that will contribute to strengthening the cultural and creative sectors.

Since 2007, criteria and procedures have been developed under the umbrella of AEC to assist higher music education institutions with their quality enhancement activities. In 2014, AEC review activities (including the criteria and procedures) have been transfered to the external review body MusiQuE - Music Quality Enhancement and the criteria have been further developped into standards: there are currently Standards for Institutional Review, Standards for Programme Review and Standards for Joint Programme Review. 

A FULL SCORE working group (WG) on Evaluation for Enhancement has been formed in order to explore if such tools could be developed and used at pre-college level and in programmes focused on music pedagogy in order to connect the various levels of music education through a consistent quality enhancement framework.

Activities and Outcomes

The WG, composed of representatives from AEC, the European Music School Union (EMU) and the European Association of Music Schools (EAS), started its work by finding common grounds between all three organisations in the field of quality enhancement, discussing terminology and studying the litterature produced in the field.

The Evaluation WG has been developing two sets of standards, based on the MusiQuE Standards for Institutional Review and on the MusiQuE Standards for Programme Review:
  • Standards for pre-college music education
  • Standards for classroom music teacher education
Both sets of standards have been discussed with stakeholders during meetings and events in 2015-2016 and have been distributed to members of EMU and EAS who have studied them thoroughly and shared their written feedback.
The feedback received has been discussed during the last WG meeting in Wroclaw on 19th May 2016.

The WG will now undertake a site visit in Oslo at the Norwegian Academy of Music and at the Barratt Due Institute of Music to continue its collection of feedback.

In addition, a pilot review visit will take place at the School of Young Talent in The Hague in November 2016, organised by MusiQuE. The institution will write a self-evaluation report based on the Standards for pre-college music education and will be visited by a Review Team composed of international peers.

A pilot review visit should also be organised in 2016-2017 in order to test the Standards for classroom music teacher education.

Both sets of standards will be finalised in Spring 2017.

WG Members

•    Stefan Gies, AEC (Chair)
•    Orla McDonagh, Dublin Institute of Technology (AEC representative)
•    Adri De Vugt, Royal Conservatoire The Hague, EAS Past President
•    Gerhard Sammer, Hochschule für Musik Würzburg,  EAS President
•    Helena Maffli, EMU President
•    Friedrich Koh-Dolge, Stuttgarter Musikschule, EMU Board member


The FULL SCORE Evaulation for Enhancement WG Terms of Reference and meeting reports are available for AEC members upon request. For further information, please contact the AEC Office.