Virtual event

Music-making beyond the classroom

How music in alternative spaces is making a difference to young people and their communities.

17 October 2023
1pm - 2pm
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Music-making beyond the classroom

17th October 2023 1:00 PM 2:00 PM BST

In collaboration with the Binks Hub as part of the UNESCO Week of Sound

Music can benefit young people in far reaching ways. Not only can it enable young people to learn new skills, but it can support their well-being by creating opportunities for self-expression, collaboration and belonging.

Research has found music to be especially positive for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In spite of this, there are widening inequalities in the provision of and access to music-making.

Such concerns have been heightened in the context of ongoing public sector cuts, and the resultant music education budgets in schools.

In this online seminar, we invite you to join community practitioners and researchers involved in music and music-making in settings outside of the classroom.

Part celebration, part call for action, it will showcase the wealth and energy of music initiatives working with, and for, young people.

By making instruments and music education available to all young people, deliberately bringing sound into unexpected places and social groups, and challenging the rules around music-making, these initiatives show how valuable, and how valued music is both to young people and the communities they are part of.


Emma Davidson (Co-Director, Binks Hub)

Jed Milroy (Assistant Director at the Tinderbox Collective)

Ryan McGlone (Manager, Grantown Youth Centre)

Katie Hunter (Research Fellow, Strathclyde University)


Join us to challenge, create, and make change happen.