YOUSOUND Zine 2: Illustrating musical ethnographic notes

Alix Didier Sarrouy, Beatriz Machado

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YouSound is a social science research project that studies symphonic music education organizations centred on the inclusion of minor migrants and refugees in Europe.

We have chosen two organizations in different countries, serving as case studies: the Swedish Dream Orchestra; and El Sistema Greece. Between 2022 and 2023, we will be in both countries applying ethnographic methods to better grasp the complexity of interactions between multicultural human beings in such music education contexts.

Two YouSound Zines will be published about each fieldwork in Sweden and Greece. Adding to classical outputs (articles, books, communications) the Zines share some of the graphic illustrations made by Beatriz Machado in each country. One of the purposes is to give back and communicate with all the underaged students, the parents, the teachers, and the directors who had the kindness of letting us in their shared musical life.

In this second YouSound Zine, we continue to follow the artist at the Swedish Dream Orchestra in Gothenburg. The educational project was created in 2016. It uses music as a tool for the education, emancipation, and social inclusion of unaccompanied migrants. Between 2015 and 2016, Sweden welcomed the largest number of migrants per capita in Europe.

Action was urgently required, and Dream Orchestra became an answer. The students benefit from free music classes and free instruments. Being a teacher in t is context demands much more than lecturing classes, just as being a music student is much more than learning tunes. It’s been almost seven years of hard work, fuelled by passion and respect for each one’s history.

Through her illustrations and words, Beatriz Machado brings everyone closer to the everyday experiences lived by the social actors involved in Dream Orchestra. Take your time to enjoy this zine and follow your curiosity by accessing their website:
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLisboa
PublisherINET-md, NOVA.FCSH
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • YouSound
  • Migrations
  • Refugees
  • Education
  • Inclusion
  • Dream Orchestra
  • Sweden


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