A free music tuition project for children from deprived parts of Glasgow has received a glowing report for its “potential to transform lives”.

Big Noise, run by Sistema Scotland, operates in four underprivileged areas across the country, giving youngsters the chance to learn an instrument which would not be affordable for many of the families.

Three programmes – in Raploch, Stirling; Govanhill, Glasgow and Torry, Aberdeen – were reviewed by Education Scotland in April.

The new report highlights a sense of pride shown by those taking part, an ability to “transform lives” and boost to learning for those in their early years.

Nicola Killean, chief executive of Sistema Scotland, said: “I am delighted that the Education Scotland report has recognised our key strengths and highlighted the commitment and quality of the staff team and the child-centred approach.

“Big Noise is about using music as a tool to engage with children and young people and it’s the quality of people we recruit and train, and the relationship they build with the children, families and communities that allows us to have maximum impact.”

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