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Music education: An evaluation of In Harmony

The In Harmony project has received £3 million in government funding to bring music opportunities to primary pupils in six disadvantaged areas. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at a new evaluation of the scheme’s impact so far

Music is said to be a great leveller, through which children and young people find expression, creativity and joy. But opportunities must be available for all children to experience it, regardless of social disadvantage, parental income or ability.

With that in mind, In Harmony was founded as a programme to offer structured music tuition and orchestral and ensemble music-making opportunities to children in six disadvantaged areas – starting with Liverpool and Lambeth in 2008 and with Nottingham, Telford and Stoke, Newcastle and Leeds in 2013.

In Harmony was funded by the Department for Education and Arts Council England to the tune of more than £3 million so far, and each area led its own version of the programme according to local needs and resources.

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