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Update July 15th 2014 



Sample of Assignment #2



 TOOL KIT :                 The Value of Music – Testing values and beliefs


Source:                         Core Principles, Youth Work Manual;  Curriculum Dev Unit, Youth Work NI


US:                               Name of  group members     


OUR STORY:              We used this…. And found it effective in…..


Title:                            The Value of Music


Size of group      -       4-12 if there are more than 12 in the group it might be more effective to break the session into two 


Core Principle     -      Testing and exploring values and beliefs


Purpose               -       To explore values that are important to participants


Duration              -       Up to 2 hrs depending on the size of the group


Materials              -       CD player - music the young people bring along


Instructions          -       Preparation:

                                       Each participant should choose a piece of music and bring it with them to the session. They are asked to draw an image                                          or write down a few words, as to why they chose that song, why it is important and how it influences them:


                        1. Invite each participant, one by one, to introduce their piece of music through their drawings or words they have                                               prepared before playing it. It is not necessary to hear each complete song – a participant might only want to play the                                       ‘important bit’ and this is also ok.


                                  2. Ask all other participants to write down a few words or draw an image about their thoughts whilst each song is playing. It                                       could be about their impressions of the song, what it means to them, how it affects them or why they see the importance of                                       the song to the person who chose it.


                                   3. At the end of each song ask other participants for their thoughts.


                                   4. Go through the same process with each person until the end.


                                   5. Thank the group and then begin the debriefing.


Handouts      -       None


Suggestions for the debriefing   -             In the group consider the following questions:

                                                                   • What were the common themes for participants?

                                                                   • Why are these themes important to us?

                                                                   • What kind of music was played?

                                                                   • In what ways does music affect us and how does it influence us and our behaviour? 

                                                                   • What does the choice of songs tell the rest of the group about us?

                                                                   • What values or beliefs can we connect with each piece of music?

                                                                   • Why are those values or beliefs important to us?


Tips for the facilitator            -               The songs chosen and connecting issues may be sensitive to participants so it is important to be aware of                                                                     this and to take care to ensure that participants are ‘cared for’ if they are talking about an issue that                                                                           triggers, for example, a difficult event in their life. It is also vital that when other participants are offering                                                                   their thoughts on the music it does not turn into a ‘slagging session’, e.g., ‘I don’t like that band’ or ‘that                                                                       song’s rubbish’, etc.






Updated June 25th 2014 






· Keeping a Journal and making weekly entries

· 1 report (1.5 single-spaced pages) on how you are integrating understanding of 40 assets into your work          DUE JUNE 26


(1    Page) and How you can promote positive identity development in youth (0.5 pages)  -Month 1 

· Group (3-4 YOWs) project – tool for youth workers ‘ toolkit - Month 3                                      DUE JULY 25


Assignments can be handed in at sessions, or email to


THE 3-2-1 Journal

   Each week, each YOW has to make one entry reflecting on:

· 3 things I did this week to make a difference and/or effect change

· 2 gaps I saw or things I want to learn/change

· 1 learning


The journals are personal and will not be reviewed by anyone other than the author. 

However, each session’s closing exercise will consist of having a few participants volunteer to share an entry from their journal.

To receive a certificate of participation, participants will have to (1) Attend all 3 sessions


(2) Submit the two  assignments (3)  Receive a pass grade on the assignment


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