Cello Lessons and Teargas: War, Peace and Music Education



A discussion on the role of arts education in Musicians without Borders and the application of the power of music for healing and reconciliation in war-torn societies is presented in this chapter. While teaching instruments and musicianship in itself is never the ultimate objective of Musicians without Borders, an educative element is present in all musical interaction. Through vignettes taken from experiences in Palestine, Kosovo, Rwanda and Bosnia during music workshops, instrument classes and music therapy sessions, the authors reflect on the place that music education has in musical interactions that aim to restore the health of individuals and communities in post-conflict societies, and the possible applications of this approach in other settings.


Music therapy Connection Rwanda Palestine Kosovo Bosnia Conflict Healing Reconciliation Mitrovica Musicians without borders (MwB) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Musicians Without BordersGloucesterUK

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