Eastside Music is sending Alex Ballentine to the Dessaix Music School in Jacmel, Haiti to create an album of music with students.
Thanks for checking out my project. I hope the video has inspired you to learn a little more...
The idea -
My goal is to create an album of songs with students from the Dessaix Baptiste Music School in Jacmel, Haiti. I'm volunteering at the school this summer, and I think this is a great way to capture the energy of the school, and to share their story with folks back home. The project has two main goals:
1) Share ideas and learn from the Haitian students through a creative, collaborative process. I realize how much I have to learn, and think this is a great way to put musical ideas into action.
2) Create a piece of music that benefits the students of the Dessaix Music School. Ultimately, I hope this creative process helps raise awareness and encourages other musicians and teachers to get involved.
About me -
My name is Alex Ballentine and I teach and compose music. I run a school in Austin, Texas called Eastside Music (www.eastsidemusic.com). I earned my degree in music from the University of Texas, and have taught for the past ten years.
As my teaching methods evolve, it's become increasingly important for me to encourage students to participate in the creative process. At Eastside Music, we often write and record songs as part of our lessons. With this in mind, I came up with the idea of creating a similar project for the students in Jacmel, Haiti.
Why I need you -
At this point, I'm going to Haiti. I made a commitment to volunteer at the school, and raised enough money independent of Kickstarter to afford travel expenses. I need you to give me that final push, which will allow me to create and record original music with the students in Jacmel.
The money we raise will go towards portable recording equipment, studio access in Jacmel (I found a recording studio near the school!), and time to mix, master and complete the music back in Austin.
The rewards I have selected will put money you give directly into the community of Jacmel, in the form of recording studio time, post cards, and artwork from local artists.
Your support means money directly into the hands of Haitian artists!
As musicians and teachers, we have the opportunity to transcend barriers, both real and perceived, and communicate as human beings, through the bond of music. With your help, I'd like to put this belief into action.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $3,000 goal
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May 21, 2012 - Jun 11, 2012 (21 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Receive regular updates, including pictures, video, and audio from me (via email) while I'm in Haiti.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $5 or more
A digital download of the music the students and I create.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $10 or more
The above rewards, plus I'll write a personal thank you and post it on my website (www.eastsidemusic.com) and facebook page.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $25 or more
All of the above rewards, plus a personalized post card from me to you, mailed from Haiti.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $50 or more
All of the above, plus a physical copy of the music with an original print from a local artist in Jacmel.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $100 or more
A private guitar lesson from me! In person, or via skype.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $200 or more
I will commission an artist in Jacmel to create unique, one of a kind artwork for you, to go along with a physical copy of the music we write.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $400 or more
I will write and record a short, original piece of (instrumental) music for you, based on your tastes and suggestions. I'll dedicate it to you online, and you can tell everyone, this is your song :)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $500 or more
I will personally come to your house and play classical guitar for you and a date during a romantic, candle lit dinner... (dinner not included). Sorry, you must be within an hour drive of Austin, Texas.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
At this level, I'll commission an original artwork from a Haitian artist, and offer you a choice of an original song dedicated to you, or a private classical guitar performance in your home!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012