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SOUNDS OF HOPE: MUSICAL OUTREACH AND WELLBEING FOR YOUNG REFUGEES AND MIGRA...

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Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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Sydney, NSW, Non US or Canada 2000

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In a time of almost unprecedented global migration flows, the resettlement of refugees and newly arrived migrants is a focus of international concern. Young refugees (forced migrants) experience the psychosocial effects of conflict, displacement and loss of family and social networks. However, together with young people who have migrated voluntarily, they also bring to their new environments qualities of resilience, determination and hope. In the course of resettlement both forced and voluntary migrant children and young people must constantly negotiate processes of social integration, cultural maintenance and change, and identity construction. Music educators working in school and community settings may act as facilitators of music programs that aim to assist young forced and voluntary migrants with managing resettlement processes. However, many young people autonomously develop strategies that utilise music for such purposes. This paper discusses the efficacy of formal music activities provided within educational and community settings and the self-initiated musical activities that young forced and voluntary migrants employ in a variety of settings, to assist with psychosocial aspects of resettlement. It makes reference to recent partnerships between Sydney Conservatorium of Music, schools and community groups.

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Kathryn Marsh is Professor of Music Education at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Her research interests include children’s musical play and creativity, cultural diversity in music education, and the role of music in the lives of refugee and immigrant children. She has written numerous scholarly publications including her book The Musical Playground: Global Tradition and Change in Children’s Songs and Games, published by Oxford University Press, and winner of the Folklore Society’s Katharine Briggs Award and the American Folklore Society’s Opie Award. She is editor of Research Studies in Music Education and is a current or recent member of the editorial boards of Psychology of Music, International Journal of Play, International Journal of Music Education and British Journal of Music Education. She is frequently invited to present results of her research internationally. Together with other SCM staff members and students she has been engaged in partnerships with schools and community groups to develop collaborative musical engagement with recently arrived children and young people of refugee background, to their mutual benefit.

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