There are many young people who have barriers preventing them from taking part in music-making which is right for them. Our work focuses on children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances.
We have extensive evidence which proves that music-making brings positive personal, social and musical benefits for children and young people. The projects we support engage children through an
extremely diverse range of genres, styles and techniques.
Here is a selection of stories about the impact projects supported by Youth Music have had on children and young people and their families and carers, as well as the music leaders and youth workers who support them.
You can also read the evidence underpinning our work in our latest Impact and Learning Reports.
Alfie, 15, was angry and disillusioned after being excluded from some lessons at his school. But while attending a Pupil Referral Unit in Haringey, North London, he got the opportunity to learn African drumming skills.
David dreamed of learning to DJ but most of the courses he came across were so expensive that he was put off from signing up. The fact that he has autism also made the idea of performing with a group of strangers extra challenging.
When Grace first attended the Amies Choir session she would hide behind her sunglasses and refuse to join in. But she kept attending the weekly sessions alongside other young women who are all survivors of trafficking to the UK.
When Kim was 12 years old she was painfully shy. So when the opportunity to make music arose, at first she was reluctant to getting involved. A dynamic drumming project won her over. Many years later, music-making is still a huge part of her life.
At 15, Siân was going through a difficult period in her life. A year earlier, she’d dropped out of school because she was being bullied. SoCo Music Project, supported by Youth Music, helped her to rebuild her confidence.
Kallel has loved music for as long as she can remember, and has been writing songs for almost as long. Attending SWIPE sessions has improved her musical skills, and changed her life in other ways too.
When Jaxsen was two years old her mum Natalie realised she had speech and language delays. But since attending the Playing with Sound workshops supported by Youth Music, she’s begun to love chatting – and singing – with her family.
Jenny and Lewis's story
Teenagers Jenny and Lewis became firm friends while attending Inclusive Music Projects (IMPs) sessions in York. They are now both young apprentices with the skills and confidence to teach songs to others.
Muz, from Tottenham in North London, had been in and out of prison and mental health care since his arrest in 2006. Making music with Key Changes has been a central part of his recovery and return to the community.
Impact & Learning Reports 2014