I wanted to write a quick blog to say how much the Youth Music programme we are delivering has helped to improve the behaviour of young people as well as raising attainment levels. We work with young people that are often disengaged with education after being excluded from school. We have found that encouraging young people to get involved in music production and arts awards accreditation has helped them to improve their overall communication, literacy and numeracy skills as well as reducing incidents of anti-social behaviour. We feel that song writing has helped young people coming from often difficult family backgrounds express themselves in a positive way.
We questioned 86 of the young people that had participated in the activities and found the following;
46.24% felt they are more motivated to learn new things since participating in the project.
38.71% Feel that their literacy and language skills have improved since participating in the programme.
48.91% felt they could express their thoughts, feelings and emotions through their music.
Interested to know if any other organisations delivering Youth Music projects have had similar experiences?