ArtsTrain music scheme improved deprived children’s creativity and wellbeing

The impact of an ArtsTrain music making programme has been highlighted in a new evaluation report.

ArtsTrain works with young people aged 5 to 23 in the London boroughs of Bromley, Bexley and Lewisham, the average age being 15. Nearly half were recipients of Free School Meals, 44% had a disability, and 22% had Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) during the survey period.

The year-long evaluation by BOP Consulting of 371 young people involved in 24 ArtsTrain creative music projects found that, as well as learning specific music skills, the programme had a broader, more far-reaching impact on participants.

The report’s key findings include:

  • 90% said they could communicate with other people through music following the programme (from 56% at the beginning)
  • 84% said they could could work well in a team (from 55%)
  • 74% (from 61%) said they were able to use their imagination to solve problems
  • 86% (from 57%) reported that they like to finish something once they’ve started
  • 86% reported that they can push themselves to do the best they can (from 56%)

You can download the evaluation report here.

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