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Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and Music Making


This review derives from Youth Music's work in the Challenging Circumstances goal area, which aims to improve the life chances of children and young people in the most challenging circumstances by supporting them to achieve their full potential through engagement and progression in music making.

Many Youth Music projects focus on developing skills to enable children and young people participate in their communities; whether through practical music skills, or skills transferable to other contexts. Similarly, many projects have been targeted specifically at young people who are at the greatest risk of exclusion, including those not in education, training or employment (NEET).

Aims & Objectives

The overall aim of this evidence review is to synthesise evidence on the outcomes of music-making with young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

In meeting this aim, two fundamental questions have been considered:

  1. What kinds of music-making projects offer support to NEET young people, and what forms do these take?
  2. What are the effects of music making on NEET young people? Is there a consensus supported by available evidence?