Handbook on Social Inclusion in Music for Disadvantaged Youth

As Kodály once said (free translation):
“Music is food for the soul and it cannot be substituted with anything else. If one doesn’t live on it, he/she will live and die of anaemia of his/her soul. There are regions of the soul, that only music can enlighten.”

The Output no. 4 of the STAMP project looks at different methods of social inclusion of disadvantaged youth through the means of music. The following pages have been designed by the Cyprus Centre for Research and Study of Music, in short CCRSM and Jeunesses Musical Hungary, in short JMH, to inspire music teachers, community workers, therapists and other professionals working in the field of social inclusion through musical activities.

As such it serves as learning and teaching “handbook“ for music professionals or social workers presenting different methods about how music can help educators and trainers to deal with various forms of disadvantage or disaffect, through and with musical processes, forms and structures in order to improve youth inclusion in society and in various micro-social contexts. The approaches, methods and strategies take different perspectives: some of them highlight therapeutic effects that music can have on young people, while others put musical expression and artistic development of children in the focus.

After a short introduction and a collection of national social inclusion strategies of EU member states, three case studies will prepare you in detail on how to include music in your teaching programme. In the pages that follow you will find projects using music to give further inspiration and addresses for networking possibilities.