Welcome to the 2018 Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commision (MISTEC) Seminar at NYU Prague - July 8-12, 2018.
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Monday, July 9 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Paper 5: "Music harms you": A refugee student narrates his music learning journey

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Discussion Questions 
1. Are there music programs or other specific activities, which help refugee/immigrant pupils/students to incorporate in a class environment and help the rest of the pupils/students build bridges with new cultures? 
2. In what ways can a music teacher in your country help a refugee/immigrant student to integrate in the new “homeland”? 
3. Do you know other music journey stories concerning refugee pupils/students in your country? Are there any similarities or differences when compared to Mohammed’s experience? 

In a rapidly changing world, the number of refugee children who integrate in education is increasing. Each of them carries a unique musical heritage of his/her origin country and music learning continues. One of these refugee children is Mohammed, who narrates his music learning journey from his homeland to Greece, his integration in the Greek educational system and music lessons, the barriers and difficulties which he faces and his music expectations and dreams in the new country. Apart from his narration, data have been collected by interviewing his music teacher at Junior High School and his guardian. Mohammed’s story reminds us and underlines the importance of music education for refugees and asylum-seeking children, the role of the school and the music teacher’s approach, as well as the effort of these children to fulfill the need to belong and their expectations.

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Elissavet Perakaki

Head teacher, Music Educator, Directorate of Secondary Education, Pireaus

Monday July 9, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm CEST
Havel Room