In 2019 Dr Anna Bull (University of York) and Jennifer Raven (Deputy Director, Sound Connections) were reflecting on their respective work in music education. They both identified a clear need for more understanding about what Youth Voice looks like within musical practice – from how ensembles and projects are conceptualised to the skills and methods music educators need to work with young people in a more democratic way. And so the idea for an action research project, The Music Lab, was born.
This resource provides practical tools to enable practitioners to explore and/or enhance Youth Voice engagement within their practice. The toolkit seeks to provide inspiration and resources for instrumental teachers, class music teachers, ensemble leaders and other musicians and teachers working in the classical music education sector.