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Jocelyn Malla: Healing and Learning Using Music

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, educator, musician and winner of the 2022 Qilaut songwriting contest, Jocelyn Malla explores the importance of music in literacy education, language preservation, and self-healing. She shares the meaning behind her award-winning song Kajjaarijara and how her love for creating music started. Jocelyn describes her reaction to winning the contest and how it has changed her life for the better, before explaining how music has helped teach and strengthen Inuktitut in youth in her experience as a teacher. Finally, Jocelyn shares how she uses music in her kindergarten classroom, before stressing the importance of music as a healing process and way of preserving Inuktitut literacy.

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