Music teaching in schools
Our hugely successful Rhythm, Rhyme & Reason program is running at Los Ricos and Pedro Moreno primary schools in the countryside outside San Miguel, directed by multi-talented musician and composer, Tim Hazel. We teach 100 children in two weekly classes at each school for 30 weeks a year as part of the official curriculum. The classes include work with pre-Hispanic instruments to connect the children with their cultural heritage, and moves on to ukuleles, marimbas and other instruments. As the three year program progresses, we will identify children with promising musical talent and encourage them to specialize in a favorite instrument, and begin one on one classes.
This project has been received with universal enthusiasm, delight and acclaim by pupils, parents, teachers and education officials alike. We hope to roll out the program to additional schools, but we need funding for this. If you would like to donate, contact us, or use the PayPal facility on this page. We can provide U.S. tax receipts for all donations.We are also looking for Spanish speaking music teachers who are interested in teaching the program.
We currently teach the violin at Casa Hogar Santa Julia orphanage for girls in San Miguel under the gifted directorship of Libby Clemens. It is a reflection of the enthusiasm with which the children embrace our teaching that 13 out of the 40 girls voluntarily study with us every week. We have recently expanded the program to include the Mexiquitos orphanage for boys, and hope to bring the program to a third San Miguel orphanage in the near future.
Pro Musica currently provides a scholarship for the musical education in San Miguel of an incredibly talented 17-year-old Mexican, Steve Gonzalez, under the overall supervision of pianist and composer Ken Bichel. He receives piano, composition and music theory lessons every week. In two years time we hope to be able to raise funds to send him to a leading Mexican music conservatory.
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