Transformative Music Learning Experiences

A Chinese Immigrant in Northeastern Brazil and his Love for Música Sertaneja




Transformative Music Learning, Immigration and music, Música sertaneja


This article uses the story of a Chinese immigrant in Brazil and his love of música sertaneja as a starting point to discuss his adaptation to a new society and the way in which his music learning played an important role in this process. Anchored in the ideals of Narrative Inquiry and inspired by Mezirow's Transformative Learning Theory, the article then extrapolates from this unique story to present a broad discussion that includes ideas about music education, immigration, identity, individual and social transformation, empowerment, and self-definition. The article concludes with reflections about the importance of music learning to the adaptation of immigrants in general, an idea that has wide applicability, being useful both for immigrants themselves, as well as for teachers and policymakers.


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Author Biographies

Nan Qi, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)

A professor at the "Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte" (UFRN), Chinese-Canadian pianist Nan Qi completed her PhD in Music Education at the University of Western Ontario (Canada), her Master's at McGill University (Canada), and her Bachelor's degree at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music (China). Equally at home as a performer and researcher, she has presented her work at several conferences around the world, and has published in journals such as the Action, Criticism & Theory for Music Education (ACT). She is also the conductor of the "Coral Infantil da UFRN", and a sought-after piano pedagogue. 


Durval Cesetti, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)

Acclaimed as "A pianist of rare musicality" (La Presse, Montreal), Durval Cesetti is a professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. He completed his Doctorate, Master's and Bachelor's degree at McGill University (Canada). Recent performances include recitals at Carnegiel Hall (New York), and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing). His previous articles have been published at The Musical Times and the Latin American Music Review.




How to Cite

Qi, Nan, and Durval Cesetti. 2019. “Transformative Music Learning Experiences: A Chinese Immigrant in Northeastern Brazil and His Love for Música Sertaneja”. Per Musi, no. 39 (September):1-22.