Why did you/what prompted you to become involved with Changing Tracks?

As the lead partner for Southampton and Isle of Wight Music Hubs, Southampton Music Services is committed to bringing the life-changing power of music to all children and young people in the region. Changing Tracks is a place where, by working together with others from across the country, we can make music more inclusive for everyone.

Please summarise the ways in which/areas in which you’re improving equality, diversity and inclusion in your organisation:

We're currently working towards five inclusion priorities for children and young people:

  1. Young people shaping and leading the music-making available to them
  2. Recognising and working towards a wider set of musical and additional outcomes
  3. Breaking down the barriers young people in the most challenging circumstances face
  4. Young people taking part in music led and made by people who are like the, and people who are different from them
  5. Celebrating the achievements of young people, and having them contribute to the cultural life of their communities

What difference has your involvement with Changing Tracks made to the work of your music service so far? AND/OR what difference do you hope it will make? 

By working with others, sharing our successes as well our failures, we have been able to support the development of musical inclusion in our region, seeing our workforce become more diverse and seeing children and young people from challenging circumstances take part in music making which benefits them and those around them.

Please describe your action research project in summary. What is your research question or what do you hope to find out? 

In 2020 Southampton Music Services ran an Action Research Project, to help Looked After Children and their families (of all shapes and sizes) make music together. We found out how making musical progress can also help participants to become more resilient and develop their interpersonal connections. We also looked at how our organisation can better support families, learning to make our administration more inclusive.

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