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Music for Education & Wellbeing Podcast: Young people, music mentoring and digital stories – Simon Glenister, Noise Solution

In this new podcast, Anita Holford, co-editor of Music Education Works, is talking with Simon Glenister, Director of Noise Solution, a social enterprise based in Bury St Edmunds, England. Noise Solution provides 1-1 music mentoring programmes using music technology for young people in challenging circumstances.

Noise Solution is interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, the business model is unusual for this sector – Noise Solution is not a charity and all of its income for delivery comes from commissioning. Secondly, they use digital storytelling as a central part of the work and its evaluation. And thirdly, they have developed a robust evaluation model that’s recognised by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office and the NHS (National Health Service) Clinical Commissioning.

We talk about:

  • the importance of sharing a positive story about a ‘disengaged’ young person with those they’re closest to
  • Deci and Ryan’s self-determination theory and the impact of autonomy, competency and relatedness
  • the power of music and technology to improve wellbeing
  • the meaning of ‘statistically significant’ in relation to their evaluation
  • Simon’s three top tips for other people changing lives through music

You can access the podcast via a blog on our main website – Young people, music mentoring and digital stories – or on iTunes or Spotify (search for Music for Education & Wellbeing).

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