Sistema Scotland has been the subject of five
independent research studies which look at the impact of our Big Noise Programmes on the children and young people who participate.
The latest study has been carried out by the University of Dundee and was published in November 2021.
A team of academics from the University of Dundee, led by Professor Divya Jindal-Snape, evaluated the first three years of the Big Noise programme in Douglas. They found that Big Noise has a very positive impact on children, families, and the local community, and recommend that the programme should continue as the children reach secondary school age.
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Through their long-term research (since 2013), the Glasgow Centre for Population Health has found that there are seven main areas of a child’s life that can be positively affected by attending Big Noise:
- Educational: Concentration, listening, co-ordination, language development, school attendance, school outcomes.
- Life Skills: Problem solving, decision-making, creativity, determination, self-discipline, leadership.
- Emotional: Happiness, security, pride, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, an emotional outlet, resilience.
- Social: Social mixing, social skills, cultural awareness, diverse friendships, strong friendships, support networks.
- Musical: Strong instrument skills, reading music, performance skills, music career options, access to other music organisations.
- Physical: Healthy snacks, opportunities for games/ exercise, creating healthy habits for adulthood.
- Protection: Someone to confide in, calm environment, safe environment, reduced stress.
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