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Reshaping Imagination: The Musical Culture of Migrant Farmworker Families in Northwest Ohio

Isabel Barbara O'Hagin and David Harnish
Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education
No. 151 (Winter, 2001), pp. 21-30
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40319114
Page Count: 10
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Reshaping Imagination: The Musical Culture of Migrant Farmworker Families in Northwest Ohio
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Abstract

The study aimed to illuminate the personal experiences and perspectives of migrant farmworkers on the role music plays in their lives, to identify genres of music (for work and play) in preference, and to explore the preservation and transmittal of this musical culture as passed from one generation to the next. We met with four families from migrant camps in Northwest Ohio for three months, and discovered that families have a passion for music while working, celebrating, and relaxing. Most music is consumed, rather than generated, though not passively as people sing and/or dance with the music. We found that the youth are bicultural, and that mothers, in particular, find traditional children's songs are slowly disappearing due to assimilation. Nevertheless music played a central role in families' lives, and parents worked hard to maintain a sense of community and to pass along cultural values and music to their children.

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