“Every Child is a Musician” Project Evaluation 2011-2012

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Himonides E, Purves R, Saunders J, Welch G F

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London Borough of Newham

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This report, a collaboration between the London Borough of Newham and the International Music Education Research Centre (iMerc) at the Institute of Education (University of London), evaluates the first full year of the ‘Every Child a Musician’(ECaM) service, offered by the London Borough of Newham.

In Autumn 2010, the London Borough of Newham began the (ECaM) service offering a unique music programme that provided a free musical instrument and two years of free tuition to all Year 5 and Year 6 children in Newham state maintained primary schools.

Following a pilot year in 2010/2011 in a small number of schools, ECaM was made available to over 6500 Year 5 and Year 6 primary pupils in 2011/2012.

The evaluation from autumn 2011 to summer 2012 of the ECaM programme used a multi-methods approach to ensure research data encompassed a wide variety of evidence sources.

This report highlights the main research findings and offers suggestions to help to ensure the continued success of ECaM. Most stakeholders (children, tutors, parents, headteachers) are very positive about their experiences and there are also positive impacts at individual, school and family levels.

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Education

Participant Group: Children (0-15)

Art Forms: Music

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Welch G.F., Saunders J., Himonides, E., Purves, R. (2012) “Every Child a Musician” Project Evaluation 2011-2012. London: London Borough of Newham