Investigating the Impact of Volunteering with Melody Music Birmingham (MMB) on the Professional Development and Career Pathways of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Students

Beth Pickard, Rosie Rushton

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Abstract

This article evaluates the impact of volunteering with a music education project for children and adults with learning disabilities on the professional development and career trajectory of music students at a conservatoire in the United Kingdom (UK). To celebrate ten years of the project’s success, a formal evaluation was developed. Following ethical approval, a mixed-methods online questionnaire captured the impact of volunteering with Melody Music Birmingham (MMB) on student volunteers from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The results were overwhelmingly positive, demonstrating that this had been a powerful aspect of the students’ learning and influenced their career choices, perceptions and attitudes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-233
Number of pages14
JournalBritish Journal of Music Education
Volume40
Issue number2
Early online date12 Sept 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2022

Keywords

  • music education
  • special educational needs
  • disability
  • conservatoire
  • career
  • volunteering
  • professional development
  • attitudes

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