Youth Music, based on research by Birmingham City university | Exchanging Notes Report

Date Created: 29th May 2019

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Exchanging Notes was a four-year action research programme (Sept 2014 – July 2018), pioneering new partnerships between schools and music providers who normally work in out-of-school settings.

This programme worked with 974 young musicians, 72 of whom were tracked across the four years. The findings from the research demonstrate that music in schools has the potential to re-engage young people in education, develop their confidence, resilience and self-belief, and create a more positive attitude to learning.

For further information on this programme and to read Youth Music Chief Executive Matt Griffith’s open letter to The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP and the Department for Education Model Music Curriculum Panel stressing the importance of music in school, calling for an urgent transformation in how it is perceived and taught click here.



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