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Youth Work, Music Production and Measurement


Online event – pre-registration essential

This webinar explores music production as a form of youth work and how the benefits have been quantified and reported.

Focusing on ‘labelled’ youth, we explore the intersection between youth work practices and spaces (both real and digital), in particular, that of the recording studio. The research papers presented in the webinar collectively investigate how music shapes and structures youth – both constructing and characterising the experiences of diverse groups of young people – and go on to question how these impacts have been measured, and could be measured in future.

There will be presentations from Frances Howard (Nottingham Trent University) on bedroom culture to ‘the booth’, Brian McShane (Coventry University) on youth work in the studio space and Simon Glenister (Noise Solution) on well-being impacts of digital youth work and music mentoring.

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Frances Howard, Dr

Lecturer in Youth Studies at Nottingham Trent University

Dr Frances Howard is a lecturer in youth studies at Nottingham Trent University. She has recently completed her PhD investigating ‘disengaged’ young people’s experience of Arts Award programmes. Her research interests focus on young people...

Simon Glenister

CEO at Noise Solution CIC

Simon is the founder and CEO of Noise Solution CIC. Pioneering digital youth work for the last 10 years, Noise Solution was named as one of the UK's top 100 performing social enterprise's (Natwest SE100) in 2019 and 2020. Simon has spent the...

Brian McShane, Dr

Youth worker and Sociologist at Coventry University

Dr. Brian McShane is a former youth worker and sociologist based in the Criminology department at Coventry University. His research interests are young people, youth cultures, masculinities and relational methods.


Ian McGimpsey, Dr

Lecturer in Education at University of Birmingham

Ian joined the University of Birmingham School of Education as a lecturer in 2013, immediately following the completion of his ESRC funded doctoral research at the Institute of Education, London. His undergraduate study was in youth and community...