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The role of folk, popular and improvisatory music in the lives of marginalised youth: rethinking music education for Canadian Inuit

David Lane

Published: 2011-03-23

David Lane, building on his own experiences as a pedagogue in the Inuit school system, explores the musical traditions of the Inuit and how the values of folk, popular and improvisatory music might provide a valuable
educational context for the mitigation of some of the socio-cultural challenges faced by Inuit youth. The propensity for music to develop cultural identity and to encourage non-coerced, creative communication is explored. The paper suggests that a renewed devotion in music education to folk, pop and improvised musical traditions could serve as an important way forward for youth among rural ethnic minorities, in particular for
Canadian Inuit.

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...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)