Our Future Music
Our Future Music is working with researcher Marusa Levstek from the School of Psychology at University of Sussex to develop tools and evaluate the work alongside her PHD research.
The programme is assessed in five outcome areas:
Workforce (improved quality of music delivery for children and young people)
Organisational (increased musically inclusive practice in Music Education Hub)
Musical (improved musical understanding and skills of children and young people with SEN/D and/or in economically and culturally-deprived areas)
Personal (increased wellbeing of children and young people with SEN/D and/or in economically and culturally deprived areas)
Social (increased collaboration, team-work and cooperation skills developed by children and young people with SEN/D and/or in economically and culturally deprived areas)
For the past two years Marusa has been researching young people’s experiences of inclusive music-making and the psychology behind it. This has been the focus of her PhD so far, results of which are under review for publication in academic journals and summarised in her blog.
The main aim of this research was to better understand not only the effects music-making has on young people and their well-being, but how these changes take place and what particular aspects of music-making environments drive them. Working with young people, parents, and creative practitioners involved with inclusive music projects targeting young people recognised as marginalised, at risk, or otherwise in need of support, she used music tutors’ session notes and surveys about young people’s personal and social progress. She conducted focus groups and interviews with staff members, parents, and young people. The results enable us to model the route of youth empowerment through music, which consists of identified developments, psychological mechanisms driving these changes as well as the environmental factors that appear to be crucial in supporting these processes.