This study sought to invesigate the impact of engagement in music activities on students' self-esteem. The 42 students who participated attended a remedial school for adolescents, located in an inner-city community. They were exposed to a music intervention programme for one semester. The study utilized a multi-method approach, in that students were observed and interviewed during the intervention programme and, in addition, pre- and post-tests were carried out using Rosenbergs' self-esteem instruments. The findings so far suggest that students and teachers felt that the music experience enhanded their academic experience.