In Harmony Liverpool: Interim Report: Year Two

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Beswick P, Burns S

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Department for Education, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

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Spearheaded by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) violinist Sally Anne Anderson, and lately Rod Skipp, highly skilled and inspirational musicians lead music-making everyday with every child aged 4-11, teachers, Head Teacher and staff in Faith School, the only primary school in West Everton. Every primary aged child in West Everton has the opportunity to learn an instrument from aged 4, and to be part of the West Everton Children’s Orchestra.

The overall approach to the evaluation of In Harmony Liverpool is informed by the need to measure impact. Genuine sustainability will come not from advocacy but from clear evidence of impact. They are therefore interested in genuine learning stemming from a robust evaluation that is shared and owned by project stakeholders. The evaluation of In Harmony Liverpool is using a wide range of indicators at four levels: the children, the school, the community, the partners.

The project is already engaging with over 151 children and is extending beyond the immersive engagement with the pupils in Faith Primary and working with children within the community who attend other schools. There is clear evidence of significant improvement in achievement. There is also significant and triangulated qualitative evidence that self-esteem, self-confidence and wellbeing have increased and remain high.

Evidence Type: Non-Randomised Evaluation

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Education

Participant Group: Children (0-15)

Art Forms: Music

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Burns, S. and Bewick, P. (2011). In Harmony Liverpool: Interim Report: Year Two. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Department for Education