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Children and families from Afghanistan and music: what do we need to know?

This information sheet from Wiltshire Music Connect contains valuable advice regarding making music with children from Afghanistan. This information will be useful for music hubs and services, music tutors, and schools and includes points on cultural awareness, links to further resources and training and the results of a poll of 60 newly arrived families from Afghanistan.

Top Tip 1: Speak with families first before making music with children and designing programmes.

Top Tip 2: Go slowly, get professional advice and family input before embarking on new programmes to engage refugee children.

This information sheet was compiled by Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey (St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford and Leverhulme Research Fellow in Music, University of Sheffield) following a session for music
education hubs hosted by Wiltshire Music Connect in Autumn 2021.

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