Professor Susan Hallam

The Power of Music – research report

The Power of MusicA new research review (Jan 2015) by internationally renowned Professor Susan Hallam MBE, UCL Institute of Education, outlines compelling evidence for the benefits of music education.

Commissioned by the Music Education Council (MEC) and published by the International Music Education Research Centre (iMerc), The Power of Music – a research synthesis of the impact of actively making music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people brings together the vast amount of quality research evidence that has built up over recent years.

It provides the basis for the argument that every child and young person should have access to quality music making opportunities and supports calls for schools to ensure that all pupils receive a thorough, broad and high quality music education.


Download  The Power of Music – executive summary

Download The Power of Music – full report

Visit the MEC website to find out how to buy the printed version, and for more information

International Music Education Research Centre


The International Music Education Research Centre (iMerc),is a team-based world-renowned centre for interdisciplinary research in music and the social sciences.

It is directed by Professor Graham Welch and Dr Evangelos Himonides, with Professor Lucy Green and Professor Susan Hallam.

Visit the International Music Education Research Centre (iMerc) site

See the list of iMerc research on the site.