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With Singing Our Stories Project, CFA’s André de Quadros Will Bring Music Workshops to Migrant and Refugee Children

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André de Quadros, a College of Fine Arts professor of music and music education, is collaborating on a new three-year international study offering music workshops to migrant and refugee children and teens. Aim of new international undertaking: music-making can help them adjust in their new lives

Refugee and migrant children and youth face a host of challenges that can hinder their adjustment to new homes and new lives. André de Quadros believes rhythm and melody can help.

A College of Fine Arts professor of music and music education, de Quadros is collaborating on a new three-year international study offering music workshops to displaced children and teens in several locations around the globe, likely including at the US-Mexico border.

The Singing Our Stories project, supported by a $447,000 grant from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, will explore how music-making, songwriting, and storytelling can support young people’s well-being and cultural and individual resilience.

“Essentially, what we are doing is to create a space for them to make music, to create their own songs,” says de Quadros, “so they will be able to speak about the violence they’ve suffered, and by violence I mean the significant trauma of several kinds that is associated […]

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