Young people love music, but many are missing out because they don’t like the way it’s taught in schools. Exchanging Notes, a four-year study, looked into how music education could be delivered in secondary schools to encourage more young people to take part, and to bring social and personal benefits as well as musical ones.
The study was conducted by Birmingham City University on behalf of Youth Music. Youth Music wanted to see what would happen if young people at risk of disengagement, low attainment or exclusion from school had access to a creative and inspiring music curriculum that was sustained over four years.
It invested in 10 new partnerships and appointed the University to research the impact using a mixed-method approach. Exchanging Notes worked with 974 young musicians, 72 of whom were tracked across 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.
Youth Music’s Chief Executive Matt Griffiths has written an 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 in England.
Youth Music: https://www.youthmusic.org.uk/exchanging-notes
BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-48353501
Complete Music Update: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/youth-music-calls-on-government-to-allow-children-to-study-music-they-actually-like/
The Yorkshire Post: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/columnists/put-stormzy-on-the-curriculum-to-revitalise-music-education-matt-griffiths-1-9789915
The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/may/22/school-music-lessons-should-cover-hip-hop-and-grime-says-charity
The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/grime-hip-hop-classes-schools-pupils-stormzy-birmingham-city-university-youth-music-a8924171.html