At-Risk Youth: Music-Making as a Means to Promote Positive Relationships

Mary L. Cohen, Laya Silber, Andrea Sangiorgio, Valentina Iadeluca

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This article examines music programs for at-risk youth and their implications for music education and community music practices. It defines key terms, examines theoretical frameworks related to teaching at-risk youth, and describes practical applications of these frameworks. It discusses philosophies for addressing deviant behavior and controlling modes imposed from the outside to systems of cooperation. It is argued that cooperative systems are effective in facilitating music-making by for at-risk youth. The article concludes with implications for music education, suggestions for advocacy considerations, reflective questions, and a list of additional sources.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Music Education
EditorsGary E. McPherson, Graham F. Welch
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press USA
ISBN (Print)9780199928019
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameOxford handbooks


  • Cooperative systems
  • Music practices
  • Community
  • Music education
  • Music programs


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