Intercultural game in music teacher education: Exploring El Sistema in Sweden

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El Sistema, the originally Venezuelan music teaching movement is spreading worldwide, suggesting Western classical music as a tool for counteracting poverty and segregation. In Sweden, this represents an interesting and perhaps pro- voking twist, as the hegemony of classical music in music teacher education has since long been replaced by the hegemony of popular music. Based on eldwork during the implementation of El Sistema in Malmö, the most multicultural town in Sweden, this chapter analyses El Sistema through the concept of habitus crises, an important ingredient in the development of intercultural pedagogic competencies. Through the understanding of El Sistema as a glocal phenomenon, the potential of the El Sistema intervention is discussed. The discussion is framed by a mapping of the tension elds that El Sistema teachers are navigating. The experiences of the El Sistema teachers in Malmö point towards a music teacher training that actively pre- pares for teaching in segregated, multi-cultural and socio-economic vulnerable areas. The chapter concludes with suggestions for future music teacher training in interacting ethnospaces: stimulating habitus crises and promoting transformative learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVisions for intercultural music teacher education
EditorsWesterlund ;Heidi, Heidi Partti, Sidsel Karlsen
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages81
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Oct

Publication series

NameLandscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics and Education
ISSN (Print)1573-4528
ISSN (Electronic)2214-0069

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Music
  • Educational Sciences


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