April 2018

MusicNet East-Changing Tunes is a four-year strategic partnership between Hertfordshire Music Service, Music Mark and national children’s charity Youth Music to increase access to music-making for children in challenging circumstances through action research.

MNE CHANGING TUNES is an Action Research project funded by Youth Music’s Strategic Fund C.

The project will aim to answer the question: What is the benefit to music services as hub lead organisations of embedding inclusion into their offer? What are the challenges they face in doing this?.

Changing Tunes develops a National Working Group for Inclusion, where music services use action-based research projects to explore and share the challenges, enablers and benefits of music services developing inclusive models of instrumental and vocal teaching.

This research uses a mixed methodology. In the action research projects, project managers from each music service will collect anonymised demographic information on young people’s ethnicity, gender, age and special educational needs. Workshop leaders will use written reports and audio recordings to capture the pupils’ feelings about learning music for analysis by tutors and each county’s project manager. These will support termly triangulated discussions with schools, and local authority stakeholders to help us identify learning emerging from the project. Anonymised outcomes will be shared and discussed with the National Working Group and fed back to our Funder Youth Music at 6 monthly intervals to ensure that we are engaging our core target group and to help music services ensure that music tuition is accessible to and engaging all young people and families in each county.

Participants (or young people’s carers) will be offered an opportunity to provide consent here for their data to be used anonymously, or to agree to be included identifiably in film or written case studies. Agreement to provide identifiable information is not a condition of participation in the project. Participants may withdraw from the action research project at any point.

In addition to the project reports we return to Youth Music, we also intend to develop written and filmed findings from the action research project. These will include case studies of young people’s progress to publish on the MusicNet East, Music Mark websites and the Youth Music Network, an online forum to help Youth Music and delivery organisations share learning and to advocate for the value of the work. Articles about the action research project may also feature in music education periodicals, magazines and other relevant 3rd party websites.

The research is being carried out within the ethical guidelines of BERA, the British Education Research Association Project research follows the BERA requirements around the principle of informed consent for participation, anonymisation of participant identity in published articles, and safekeeping of confidential data.

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