Young Offenders

Authored by: Jennie Henley

The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138921382
eBook ISBN: 9781315686431
Adobe ISBN: 9781317415138


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There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the impacts of musical learning within criminal justice contexts. Research from across the globe has reported impacts such as an ability to cope with anxiety, an increased sense of responsibility, self-perception and worthiness, and an ability to interact positively with society. Moreover, research has demonstrated musical impacts such as realisation of one’s musical potential, development of improvisation, composition and performance skills, and an ability to engage in expressive musical communication through a shared music-making experience. With these impacts being consistently evidenced, research is now emerging investigating the processes leading to the musical and extra-musical outcomes and impacts of musical learning within such contexts.

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