The Meritocratic Learning Environment and Perceptions of the Self

The emphasis on performance did quite a number on me, to the point that I still have insecurities about my own abilities on my instruments.

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Makin’ Music in Juvie

In some cases, the students even were able to re-define themselves instead of as “criminal,” into “musician.” One of the inmates even said, “Instead of getting in trouble, just sitting there and play tunes, and stuff.” One student was so effected that he went so far as to dream about “helping out in the community, yeah. Helping other people learn music. Yeah, teach them,”