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Border Songs: Bringing the Immigration Crisis to the Classroom with Music

Neustadt, Robert (2014) Border Songs: Bringing the Immigration Crisis to the Classroom with Music. Music and Politics, VIII (1). ISSN 1938-7687

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During fall semester of 2010, I began taking students on five-day field trips to the Arizona–Mexico border. One part of these trips involves meeting with sound sculptor Glenn Weyant, who plays the border wall as a musical instrument. Weyant attaches contact microphones to the wall and plays it, sometimes bowing the steel structure with a cello bow, and other times playing it rhythmically with what he calls “instruments of mass percussion.”

Item Type: Article
ID number or DOI: 10.3998/mp.9460447.0008.104
Keywords: Immigration; Arizona-Mexico border; U.S.-Mexico border; music; Operation Streamline; songs
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Arts and Letters > Global Languages and Cultures
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2015 19:28
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1035

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