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
JournalBritish Journal of Music Education
Publication statusSubmitted - 5 Aug 2020

    Research areas

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

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