chapter  8
Toward the Current: Democratic Music Teaching with Music Technology
Bywith Music Technology ADAM PATRICK BELL
Pages 17

A decade ago I spent a summer as a whitewater canoe guide in eastern Ontario, Canada. The organization I worked for was not your typical outdoor adventure company; we catered to marginalized youth and adults from at-risk programs servicing Toronto’s low income neighborhoods, mental health drop-in centers, and support programs for people with acquired brain injuries. As a not-for-profit organization funded by the generous donations of various individuals and parties, our “trippers” as we called them, were able to take part in weeklong camping and canoeing experiences for free. An infrastructure, both physical and social, was created so that some of our society’s most neglected individuals could participate in a meaningful and often very liberating outdoor adventure, an experience that was, sadly, a novel concept to most of the trippers we took down the Madawaska River, which we endearingly referred to as the “Mad” River.