Quality enhancement reviews for institutions, programmes and joint programmes

A peer-review visit, either for the whole institution or focused on one or more programmes, which results in an advisory report.

=> procedure devised and implemented by those with specialist knowledge and understanding of arts and music institutions

=> procedure intrinsically international in its outlook and in the range of countries from which experts are drawn



  • To stimulate the process of internal reflection on quality issues and, where relevant, to assist institutional leaders in implementing quality-related reforms
  • To bring fresh ideas and wider perspectives into institutions
  • Under certain circumstances, to serve as a ‘rehearsal’ for an impending formal review event

Standards to be used (depending on the unit under evaluation):

MusiQuE Standards for Institutional Review / MusiQuE Standards for Programme Review / MusiQuE Standards for Joint Programme Review / MusiQuE Standards for Classroom Music Teacher Education Programme

See all sets of standards here.


  • Self-evaluation: the institution prepares an analytical self-evaluation report, based on the relevant set of Standards.
  • A Review Team (usually five experts, including a student) studies the material prepared by the institution
  • Site-visit: the Review Team  conduct a site-visit of 2 to 3 days. They meet members of the management team, of the academic, artistic and administrative staff, students, representatives of the profession, etc., and have the opportunity to visit classes and lessons, and attend concerts/recitals
  • The Review Team drafts an advisory report


  • The report analyses the compliance of the institution or its programme(s) with each of the MusiQuE standards.
  • It highlights good practice and includes a set of recommendations for further improvement

Reports of completed procedures can be found here.