Dates: October 2017 - October 2018
Funder: European Social Investment Fund and Scottish Government
Project PI: Artur Steiner
Yunus Centre Staff: Stephen Millar (Lead Researcher), Artur Steiner, Francesca Calo and Simon Teasdale
Project Partners: Heavy Sound C.I.C.
The Community Orientated and Opportunity Learning (COOL) Music project engages hard-to-reach young people, creating opportunities for equal development and innovative inclusion. COOL Music consists of sixteen sessions of non-formal participatory music-making, where young people learn how to utilize musical instruments, computer software packages, and audio-visual recording equipment, to build their own creative projects. Participants work one-on-one with project tutors to write and record their own song, using music-making to explore and overcome some of the social and emotional difficulties they are experiencing.
The project is designed to support wellbeing through personal development, alternative approaches to education, and learning new skills for life and employment. In doing so, the project aims to help young people realise their potential and positively transform their lives.