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The role of the musician working with traumatized people in a war-affected area: Let the music happen

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What should be the role of a musician working with traumatized people in war-affected areas? How can the musician support the healing process of the participants in music workshops? The author, who ran such workshops in the Middle East and the Great Lakes Area in Africa, concludes that a passive role can sometimes lead to an active attitude from participants, which empowers their self-healing capacities.
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Keywords: community music; creativity; cultural context; empowerment; group work; leadership; war-affected

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Musicians without Borders

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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