MUSIC is being used to help young people re-engage with education and put their lives back on track.
Simon Glenister established Noise Solution to give young people referred from schemes such as Youth Offenders and Social Services the opportunity to learn how to make music.
During the 10 or 20-week programmes participants learn how to write and produce their own music using state-of-the-art technology.
Simon said: “Young people who have not had successful educational experiences need to have one before they will re-engage with learning.
“While with us they produce blogs which show they are achieving something, these are shown to the adults in their lives to positively reinforce their relationships.”
Simon uses the Arts Awards scheme as a framework for the programmes which allows participants to gain recognised qualifications.
Several of his students have used these along with their blogs to gain a place at college.
Karl Denny, 18, of Bury St Edmunds completed a 10 week programme with Noise Solution at the end of which he performed a track he had written and produced at The Apex.
Karl said: “I have grown up a lot during the programme before coming to Noise Solution I was in a bad way, I was homeless living in a hostel, this got me out a couple of days a week and gave me confidence.
“I now know I want to be a musician and make music that will make people happy.
“Plenty of people have made mistakes and some move from them, which is what I want to do.”
Karl gained a bronze Arts Award for his work with Noise Solution and plans to apply to study music at college in Ipswich this September.