About this project
Why do this?
In Guatemala, music is rarely taught in schools--not from a lack of interest in music, but a lack of funding for this important education. I have been volunteering in schools and churches in Guatemala for five years as a music teacher (I have a Minnesota music teaching license) and I have seen the vast untapped potential within these kids. They love to sing and make music...and just like your own children, they want to find a purpose in this world. They want to make a difference in their families, their communities, and in their futures.
Music education -- with it's proven benefits in improved learning speed, increased body/mind coordination and community building -- can help Guatemalan youth gain the skills needed to become more confident, productive, and community minded. In light of the overwhelming news reports of tens of thousands of children fleeing Central America, this project has the potential to help at-risk Guatemalan youth develop a new vision of their lives and futures at home.
This pilot project will allow me (and others if there is funding) to teach a much-needed music program to at-risk Guatemalan children in 2 or 3 specific schools in Guatemala City over a 3-month period, and to produce a final performance for the community. The immediate goals are:
- to tap the emotional and intellectual capacity of children through the immediate improvement of their musical skills.
- to prove through both quantitative and qualitative assessments that our music program can have both an immediate positive impact on their learning, but the potential to redirect their futures as well .
- to strengthen student confidence, pride, leadership, and community-building as students perform their songs together for their parents and the community.
More long term benefits include:
- providing lifetime benefits to school kids in Guatemala, a PBS article (http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/) details benefits for kid from music education in the areas of language development, increased IQ, better brain function, better spacial/temporal skills, and improved test scores.
- developing a broader music curriculum able to reach even more Guatemalan schools.
- building upon the success of this program each year, and documenting the benefits experienced by the kids through our website.
What will we use the money for?
The following budgeted items assume 300 students.
- a music book and simple instrument for each student ($16 per student)
travel/lodging/internet/computer for an Uni teacher ($5.70 per student)
This comes out to $1.81 per class per student. Typical music classes in the United States cost $3.13 per student per class (reference www.educationnext.org).
If we get more than the amount asked for, what will we do with it?
For every $3000 more we raise we can teach another 100 students. We will hire Guatemalan teachers for this task.
What schools will we teach at?
Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta N.#679 en Los Alamos, San
Miguel Petapa (south of Guatemala City)
- Colegio Luterano en Boca del Monte (southern suburb of Guatemala City)
- with more funding - Life School en Panajachel (in the mountains north of Guatemala City)
Risks and challenges
We have been working with schools for 5 years and know many things about the staffs, the schedules, etc. But of course working with new people can always create delays and changes. Also working with book makers and businesses that can provide the musical instruments can create delays.
One thing that is nice is that the school year starts in January and so we have 3 months of music classes to teach so if we are delayed, we can still teach the students in 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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