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In light of Youth Music's refreshed definition for Coldspots projects, I delved into the evaluation data we've received from Coldspots projects since 2014. I wanted to see what they could tell us about improvements in the confidence of participants of our funded projects, and noticed that there were many more instances reported of girls and young women showing improvements in confidence than boys and young men. I picked out some key points that emerged from my research to explore this further.

“Don’t waste time on closed doors”; a great piece of advice Gwyneth gave me during my internship with musinc! Having a committed project partner that shares the same ethos is vital when developing a project.

Kingston Music Service audio engineer Zayn Goetzee reflects on lessons learnt in the Symphonize project.

This maybe useful as a tool to collect information about your sessional activities. At Plugged In, Music Leaders and Youth Workers can access this file from Dropbox using an Ipad during the sessions. 

This maybe useful as a tool to collect information about your sessional activities. At Plugged In, Music Leaders and Youth Workers can access this file from Dropbox using an Ipad during the sessions. 

This maybe useful as a tool to collect information about the participants on your project. At Plugged In, Music Leaders and Youth Workers can access this file from Dropbox using an Ipad during the sessions. 
 

Plymouth Music Zone has invested heavily in Music Leader training despite all the challenges to fund and support it. It's evidence that we can have 'blue sky thinking' to help us keep energised and committed to our work. At the same time, we can 'acknowledge the clouds' i.e. not everything can be brilliant and we are meeting the challenges of working in increasingly complex and challenging settings.  We have an ethos that encourages reflective practice and encourages us to embrace challenges as opportunities to learn. We constantly strive to improve and build on what we have been doing now for 18 years. Here is an overview of how we are currently doing that through our training. We strongly believe this helps people and funders to remain confident about our ability to deliver top-notch stuff! 
  

Project Background

The project was a music project divided into two subprojects, 1) BAND SCHOOL: Teaching young people skills in live music, instrument playing and performing skills.  2) HOLIDAY HARMONIES: A boot-camp project during school holidays engaging with emerging/aspiring young musicians.

Thanks to funding from Youth Music and The Big Lottery, SATEDA has just completed a year long project called SwitchUP, which is an innovative adolescent to parent violence (APV) intervention for families where the young person has become abusive to their parent/s in order to get control over them. 

As part of the project evaluation process all schools within the project have created trees focusing learning taking place.

Having a established a successful music programme which is working with over 100 young people in Cambridge, Romsey Mill is looking at way that it can further support the young musicians, by setting up a social enterprise record label.

Part two of a reflection on a year of music making with young people in Rutland