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A special documentary done about our project by BBC Sinhala at the UNITE Programme May 2014. Please click this link below to see the documentary.
Article by The Royal Norwegian Embassy in ColomboPlease see link - Date: 15. March 2014Location: Galle Fort, GalleCategory: Festival, PerformanceThe Galle Music Festival 2014 The Galle Music Festival 2014 took place on Saturday 15th March inside the historic Galle Fort. As the sun went down over the Indian Ocean, thousands of music lovers from Sri Lanka, and a large number of other countries, gathered within the old walls of the fort. The audience experienced an eclectic array of music performed by local bands from around the island, as well as international groups from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Palestine and Norway.Under the theme "Music is for all", a Children's Music Festival was also organised as part of the festival. More than 1500 school children from various parts of the island met at the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Music Complex in Koggala to share music as a universal language which can be experienced and…
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Teacher Thilini

This month we’ve been lucky to have Thilini Kaushalya start with us! Thilini is a graduate of the University of Rajarata in Environmental Management. Alongside her studies, she’s an active Eastern Musician (violin), and has an extensive knowledge of Western Music through involvement in orchestras whilst at school.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Violin Stars!

The 6 weeks of violin training have flown by in a flash. The children have responded to the challenge with pride and enthusiasm and are making us proud every day. The challenge of teaching in a large group setting has been addressed by using the children as instructors- training them to observe and help each other when the violins get too heavy, or when they just can’t get the bow hold right. As the children are physically very small, we have focussed on making sure their posture was right and that they are comfortable when playing. The bowing arm was developed before the violin was introduced, and the kids took to putting rhythms on both the pretend and real violin quickly. They all know the string names and all the different parts of the violin! 
Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saying goodbye to Jeni

This month has been busy and rewarding for all of us, but particularly for Jeni Stokes, who volunteered with us for 6 weeks to launch the strings programme. She was kept busy- regularly tuning violins, performing, teaching and coaching our strings instructors, getting to know the kids, the teachers, the neighbours and Colombo musicians (and much more). Her help was intrinsic to the enthusiasm the kids have for the violin! She will be greatly missed, and there were so many tears at the schools on her last day, including a very emotional 'goodbye teacher Jeni' song at Pothubowa.
On the 11th March, 8 of our 11 teachers came down to Kurunegala. This was a big moment for us: it was the first time many of the teachers had been outside of the North of Sri Lanka, and definitely everyone’s first visit to Kurunegala. More importantly, however, it gave the Northern Teachers the opportunity to observe a session in one of the Southern Schools. Gunananda MV was the lucky host, and the teachers were more than happy to get stuck in with the kids. (PIC) We were also able to continue their strings training with Jeni, consolidating training from January and moving on to different techniques and repertoire.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The North

Our northern initiative has been at a slower pace on account of restricted access. The Zonal Education Office of the north is very keen and when we do attend our efforts are endorsed with much enthusiasm leading to the impromptu seminar from time to time and school Principals recounting that our methodology is discussed at staff meetings. We have been assigned 3 schools and are privileged to be well supported by competent eastern violin teachers. Mallavi is the largest and best equipped school as the Zonal Education Office is located within proximity.
This month our first violin teacher Harshan started with the programme. A recent graduate of the first batch of Western Musicians on the P.A. (Performing Arts) degree from the University of Colombo, Harshan has proven a hit with the boys and girls alike. Harshan has been taught by Mr. Ananda Dabare, Neluka Senevarathna, Diane Fernando and Lakshman de Saram. Violin instruction will begin in stages from February 2011.

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Volunteering with the Music Project in Kurunegala has been a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience. During my time with the Project I have taught English in the mornings at a local school called Lakdasa College.

Then in the afternoons I travelled to several different schools with the Music Project itself to teach English, trumpet and recorder. The children are all very eager to learn which makes them a pleasure to teach.

Sandy McCleery

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