Stories: music work with young people in challenging circumstances

A short post to share some recent stories/case studies from music work with young people in challenging circumstances, supported through Youth Music’s Musical Inclusion programme. If you’re involved in working with young people through music and/or reaching young people who may be disengaged from learning and from life, then these stories will be of interest.

It’s been fascinating, and a privilege, to talk to these music leaders about their work and hear the stories of the young people they work with and the difference that music has started to make to their lives and futures. Thanks to everyone who I spoke to and all who have been involved.

Wiltshire Music Centre – Learning disabled young people: A place for us and for our creativity
Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership – Music Matters: Re-engaging vulnerable young people in learning and in life
Roses Theatre Tewkesbury & Gloucestershire Music Makers – Investing in a young music leader: small cost, for a long-term impact

Gloucestershire Music Makers – Michael’s story: from Hospital Education to performing live
Gloucestershire Music Makers – Charlie’s story: getting back into learning through music work in PRU setting
Gloucestershire Music Makers – Home-schooled pupil finds confidence and concentration through music

NB: The final three case studies were written earlier (a year or so ago) to advocate the work of Gloucestershire Music Makers and the Make Music Gloucestershire music education hub.  For more about inclusion work in Gloucestershire, see the Music Changes Lives section of the Make Music Gloucestershire website.

To read more about musical inclusion work …

There’s a great book published by Music Mark and edited by Phil Mullen and Chris Harrison, called Reaching Out: music education with ‘hard to reach’ children and young people. Music Mark members can get it from their website at a reduced price. An important buy for anyone working with children and young people through music, particularly those involved in music education hubs.

More about Youth Music and Musical Inclusion

The National Foundation for Youth Music (Youth Music) is the leading UK children’s charity using music to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. It develops, funds and supports exemplary music provision at every stage of a young person’s development. The Musical Inclusion programme is funding music work with children and young people in challenging circumstances across England – addressing gaps in provision, increasing opportunities, and improving effective practice and outcomes.

With thanks to Malcolm Pollock for the largest of the photos above; and to the projects for all other photos.

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