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.
Perakaki, El. (2018). “Music harms you”: A refugee student narrates his music learning journey. In B. Merrick & M. L. Bowe (eds). Proceedings of the 33nd International Seminar of the ISME Commission on MISTEC, (pp. 55-65).