How Youth Music helps transform young lives

How Youth Music helps transform young lives

Posted: 04 September 2012

Like many of the young people that attend Youth Music projects, Sophie's life has been far from a dream. Music made a real difference for her.

In 2012 Youth Music funded the Music Matters project in Preston, run by CSV Learning North West. Music-making can transform the lives of young people, especially those experiencing difficult situations.

Meet Sophie

Sophie has lived the majority of her life in the care system. With so many stressful issues in her day-to-day life, it is a massive testament to her that she can rise above it all, and arrives at the music workshops eager to contribute.

Sophie first attended one of CSV's Youth Music sessions as part of a group from an independent, co-educational special needs day school for 11-16 year olds with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

Helping young people learn new skills

During her initial spell of activity at CSV Sophie completed an NCFE Level 1 Podcast qualification and did her first ever live performance singing on a stage. She sang Valerie by Amy Winehouse. Everyone was astounded by how naturally she took to the stage!

Sophie liked it at CSV so much, she begged her school teachers to let her come back and do some more music work. Her school agreed and so she began coming to CSV every Wednesday to get more experience in performing, to study for a certificate in Performance Skills and to act as a mentor for other young people attending Youth Music placements.

When Sophie comes to CSV she is helpful, friendly, productive and full of positivity about music.


photos by Laura Bailey

Providing teenagers with opportunities

Sophie has been provided with opportunities to meet new friends, work on her social skills, be part of a team, work towards positive goals and practice independent working.

She is a great example of the impact CSV has been able to have on young people thanks to the funding from Youth Music.

Without Youth Music, the opportunity may not have been available for Sophie to forget her problems for one whole day every week, and just enjoy making music and making friends.

Sophie says:

"My experiences of Youth Music were absolutely fabulous. I loved how I mixed with different kinds of personalities. It was great how you helped me to complete my qualifications. I'm happy that I came to CSV. It really seemed to help."

Since Sophie came on the CSV Youth Music Programme she has:

  • Performed five times on CSV's TV shows
  • Been a TV show presenter
  • Achieved her NCFE Level 1 Award in Podcasting
  • Achieved her NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Performance Skills
  • Acted as a mentor for other young people, helping them to settle in
  • Recorded some of her favourite songs
  • Given tours to visitors at CSV
  • Learned all about the recording process
  • Recorded a music video
  • Developed her vocal techniques
  • Written and recorded her own song
  • Co-written with other participants
  • Supported other performers in their practice sessions

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