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).