This is an information report about the Dream Orchestra, a non-profit association based in Gothenburg, Sweden, that supports vulnerable children and young refugees by helping them learn music together.

The report documents the results obtained from a month-long ethnographic study held on site, which was led by social scientists from the research project ‘YouSound − Music education as an inclusive tool for underage refugees in Europe’ (2022–2023).

The research team is based at the Institute of Ethnomusicology – Music & Dance, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Lisbon Nova University. This project is financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (grant agreement EXPL/SOC-SOC/0504/2021), guaranteeing research independence and no conflict of interest. GDPR and ethical research concerns have been approved by the Data Protection Office of the University. For further information, please visit the research project website: www.yousound.eu The Dream Orchestra has been welcoming, caring for and educating young migrants and refugees by providing music education since 2016.

As this report makes clear, this educational context is particularly demanding,
especially with regard to social skills, pedagogical knowledge, emotion management and resilience. We find this to be true for all social actors involved, including students, teachers, parents and caretakers, volunteers, directors, institutional partners and financers. We hope this report is inclusive, accessible and useful to all social actors interested in comprehensive art education programmes, from policy-makers to teachers and students. Our objective is to present the data we have collected straightforwardly and effectively, and to ensure that it is accessible to a broad readership. We hope that it elicits curiosity, awareness and critical thinking, and that every reader further develops the ideas presented in thought and action.

In parallel with this information report, we are engaging in a deeper analysis which will be the backbone for future scientific outputs by the YouSound research team.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLisboa
PublisherINET-md, NOVA.FCSH
Number of pages43
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameDream Orchestra - Report
PublisherINET-md, NOVA.FCSH


  • Dream Orchestra
  • Report
  • Music education
  • Migrations
  • Refugees
  • Inclusion
  • Sweden
  • Gothenburg


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