Music Mentoring in Primary Schools – £6,000

Gorton, Greater Manchester, suffers from widespread long term unemployment: unemployment levels in the area are over twice the national average. Due to low standards in the local schools (in 2009, 30% of students in Gorton North achieved 5 GCSEs compared to 64% nationally), Choices Community Trust (CCT) fear that this is becoming a cycle that is on-going in the area and are determined to find ways to help make a change within the community. Through music tuition and group lessons CCT have found a creative way to motivate young people, boosting their self-esteem and broadening the range of hobbies and interests available to them.

This innovative music mentoring programme has grown out of the existing Arts Academy work in local primary schools and has been designed as an early intervention tool for children aged 5-11 years who are already at risk of exclusion. Music Mentoring offers weekly one to one sessions with key children, to support positive social and emotional outcomes as well as the development of new musical skills. The children involved work towards a ‘Discover’ Arts Award with their Mentor and have the opportunity to take part in musical performances.

Read more about Choices Community Trust and their Arts Academy here.

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