Marginalised Youth, Criminal Justice and Performing Arts: Young people’s experiences of music-making

Parker, Andrew and Marturano, Naomi and Lewis, Gwen and Meek, Rosie (2018) Marginalised Youth, Criminal Justice and Performing Arts: Young people’s experiences of music-making. Journal of Youth Studies. ISSN 1367-6261 (In Press)

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In recent years a plethora of arts-based projects and interventions targeting marginalised children and young people have emerged a number of which have focused specifically on music-making. Resulting research has often highlighted the social, psychological and emotional benefits involved (see, for example, De Viggiani et al, 2013) although few studies have explored the connections between music-making and mentoring with young people in educational contexts. This paper comprises a small-scale, qualitative study of one such intervention in a secondary school in the South of England. Analysis of transcripts from one-to-one interviews with participants (pupils) aged 11–17 years reveals various ways in which music-making facilitated positive change such as increased confidence, improved attitudes towards teachers and peers, feelings of calm, and better communication skills. The paper concludes by suggesting that music-making activity may confer significant psycho-social benefits for young people, particularly when combined with mentoring support.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Performing arts, music-making, mentoring, marginalised youth, qualitative research.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise > Coaching, Physical Education and Development
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2018 12:00
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2018 15:55

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