Outcomes from music

Outcomes from music:
excerpts from Youth Music’s Impact Report 2012

For more information about the evidence around music and young people, see: Music Changes Lives
For case studies about individuals and Pupil Referral Services work in Gloucestershire, see: Case studies. See also the blog about this work.

“A range of robust evaluation and research data demonstrate the clear impact of Youth Music’s work and that of our partners; not only from our research gathered from our funded partners but also from external sources. There is an on-going need for positive developmental activity for children and young people, based on evidence from a range of government and third sector sources.”

“… music making fosters personal and social development … This was especially seen in the development of self-efficacy and confidence amongst children and young people … there is increasing evidence showing how music projects are linked to increases in young people’s self- determination and intrinsic motivation, and to improvements in wellbeing more generally. Evaluation evidence demonstrated increases in young people’s agency as a result of music making, indicating that many become better prepared for progression in employment and training.

Many reports showed how music projects have led to increases in transferable skills – including computing, team-working, punctuality and behaviour – which often lead to young people having more options and opportunities to progress in music, as well as in other fields. Output statistics show that across Youth Music funded projects, 21% of participants are referred to other music making opportunities, 16% are referred to other cultural activities, and 8% move into employment, formal education or training.”


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