Brass for Africa was founded nearly 10 years ago to help disadvantaged children in Uganda to discover self-confidence and pride within themselves from playing together in a brass band.
Urban music is an economic success story, but music education is not serving the young creators of this work, many of whom come from diverse and working-class backgrounds.
Dr Victoria Armstrong from St Mary’s University, Twickenham, recently delivered a keynote presentation on inclusion in music education at Ableton’s the Loop Festival, Berlin.
The only way to correctly assess the effects of music training on child development is to study children before they start any music training and to follow them systematically thereafter.
‘Show me a great school and I’ll show you a rich pulsing culture of the arts at its core’, says Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders.
A primary school in Yorkshire has gone from being in special measures, to being in the top 10 per cent nationally for progress in reading, writing
Musician Gary Numan has described how his autism has benefited his music, in an interview about his Tech Legend award from the consumer tech lifestyle
According to a recent research report, Sistema Scotland’s social change programme in Aberdeen – Big Noise Torry – has enhanced participants’ ability to learn in school, improved academic and behavioural skills, boosted school attendance rates, and improved their emotional wellbeing.
CNN interviewed rock star Eddie Van Halen recently, about his work with Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a group that helps get instruments to economically-disadvantaged young people. In 2012, Eddie Van Halen donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to students in low-income schools.
A year-long impact study finds that Noise Solution’s fusing of informal music outreach and digital narrative work is “Statistically significant” in impacting on the wellbeing of participants in challenging circumstances.
According to new research by Music Generation – Ireland’s national music education programme which aims to ensure that children and young people, regardless of their background, have access to music education – young people don’t have to be the next Mozart to gain benefits from music education.
‘Music for Change’ 2015-18, is a multi-year programme which enhances children’s early development and improve rates of school readiness among pre-school children in northwest Westminster, an area of multiple deprivation, and it has reported on its first year.