- What obstacles, or challenges, prevent the field from being as effective as it could be?
Old habits die hard. We have been trained, and have seen, that the mainstream ways to solve conflicts and disagreements are through
- violence, the strongest wins.
- win/lose strategies
- with verbal arguments and agreements.
With music, when you organize a collective activity, there is no win or lose, and there is no verbal agruments. It is easier to find common ground,
based on a common beat, then with verbal arguments. People who disagree on issues can joyfully and harmoniously feel a sense of commonality while they participate in musical activities together, at least for a while.
For the old habits to give space to new habits, we need to prove and show that musicking, when created and added strategically, can enhance the effectiveness of conflict transformation. We need to educate ourselves, our leaders, decision-makers, educators, to acquire new habits based on the effectiveness of musicking in peacebuilding.