Music for All


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The Youth Music Initiative (YMI) has led to an explosion of music making opportunities across Scotland in the 4 years since its inception. The boldness of the Scottish Executive's intervention through the YMI provided an opportunity to short-circuit the usual journey from making the case to making a difference. It laid the foundations for revolutionising youth music in Scotland.

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Music for All

  1. 1. Youth Music Initiative Music for life, for excellence and for all Children playing tuned percussion instruments; Photo: Dee Isaacs
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Audit commissioned </li></ul><ul><li>2003 </li></ul><ul><li>What’s going on? report published and £37.5 million granted </li></ul>Young drummer; Photo: Andrew Moncrieff; Courtesy: Bridge Centre Music Project
  3. 3. Identified Gaps <ul><li>Strategic </li></ul><ul><li>ethnic communities </li></ul><ul><li>Special Educational Needs </li></ul><ul><li>0 – 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>19 – 25 years </li></ul><ul><li>PS classroom teachers (fear factor) </li></ul><ul><li>training </li></ul><ul><li>advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>national strategy </li></ul><ul><li>national development agency (YMI) </li></ul><ul><li>Provision </li></ul><ul><li>singing </li></ul><ul><li>composition and improvisation </li></ul><ul><li>music technology </li></ul><ul><li>rock and pop </li></ul>Singers perform 'Voice of a City'; Photo: Douglas Robertson
  4. 4. Definitions <ul><li>Formal sector </li></ul><ul><li>YMI activities delivered by local authority staff and teachers mainly during school time. </li></ul><ul><li>Informal sector </li></ul><ul><li>YMI activities delivered by independent and national music/arts organisations outside school time in learning environments that are not school-based such as youth clubs or arts centres. </li></ul>Violin lessons in Wellfield Nursery School; Photo: Joanna Slade
  5. 5. P6 Target <ul><li>‘ by 2006 every school pupil in Scotland should be offered a year of free music tuition by the time they reach primary six’ </li></ul>Aberdeen City pupils playing the Gamelan; Photos: Aberdeen City Council Arts Education Team
  6. 6. P6 Target report <ul><li>2003-06 </li></ul><ul><li>464,000 participants </li></ul><ul><li>422 FTE </li></ul><ul><li>(1341 individuals employed via YMI funding) </li></ul><ul><li>195 P6 target projects </li></ul><ul><li>2006-7 </li></ul><ul><li>161,034 participants </li></ul><ul><li>176.39 FTE staff </li></ul><ul><li>(872.04 individuals employed via YMI funding) </li></ul><ul><li>215 P6 target projects </li></ul>Kinloch Academy Show Choir; Photo: John Forrester
  7. 7. Music for All Primary children join in with SCO players; Photo: SCO Education
  8. 8. YMI music projects <ul><li>CPD and long-term training </li></ul><ul><li>national initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>strategic planning and wider access </li></ul><ul><li>ethnic minority music </li></ul><ul><li>ICT and other cross-curricular subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Special Educational Needs </li></ul>African drumming in Midlothian: Photo; Infectious Grooves
  9. 9. A Curriculum For Excellence <ul><li>challenges and enjoyment </li></ul><ul><li>breadth </li></ul><ul><li>progression </li></ul><ul><li>depth </li></ul><ul><li>personalisation and choice </li></ul><ul><li>coherence </li></ul><ul><li>relevance </li></ul>Primary pupils in an SCO workshop; Photo: Colin Dickson
  10. 10. Impact <ul><li>children are not only gaining musical skills and appreciation but improved concentration and group working skills leading to improvements in behaviour, confidence and self-esteem have all been noted </li></ul><ul><li>key skills such as numeracy, literacy and motor skills have been incorporated into music tuition </li></ul><ul><li>the YMI is having an impact on all four areas of the Curriculum for Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>YMI particularly offers advantages for pupils with SEN, pupils who are less well behaved and pupils who do not excel in other subject areas </li></ul>Recording studio; Photo: Andrew Moncrieff; Courtesy: Bridge Centre Music Project
  11. 11. Shaping the infrastructure <ul><li>share best practice </li></ul><ul><li>exploit synergies between stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>create career pathways for young people </li></ul><ul><li>encourage collaboration and partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>YMI within community planning process </li></ul><ul><li>develop links with other national initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>contribute to workforce development </li></ul>Cellists from the National Children's Orchestra; Photo: Ian Watson
  12. 12. Youth Music Initiative Primary children join in with SCO players; Photo: SCO Education