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The Music Project teacher’s Lahiru Senarath, Nuwan Udana and Kana Hayashi conducted a train the trainers workshop to 50 undergraduate students of the Bellwood Aesthetic College, Kandy on the 13th of March 2015.

These students will continue to learn the recorder, compile repertoires and develop their teaching methodologies which we hope in return will enable them to deliver the Yamaha recorder programme to the schools they will be assigned to after graduation. The Yamaha Music Centre and The Music Project recognizes the importance to train and develop young music teachers and inspire them to nurture music education in schools. Their roles as school music teachers is an important attribute to spread music across the island.

The British school of Colombo hosted The Music Project children to a two –day residential workshop on the 30th and 31st of January, at the school premises with the participation of 100 children from the Music Project and 350 students from The British School. The motive of this residential workshop is to connect the rural children with urban youth.

The Yamaha Project an initiative between The Yamaha Music Centre and The Music Project team conducted ― Recorder‖ workshops to 200 children at The Galle Children’s Festival on the 21st of January organized by the Serendipity Trust, Sri Lanka. The Yamaha Music Centre, Colombo sponsored 100 recorders and a recorder booklet to all the participants. . The following southern schools participated in the workshops: 1. Sudaraka Primary School 2. Olcott MV , 3. Janadhipathi Balika MV 4. Vidyaloka College 5. Dangedara Jayawardene KV 6. Sacred Heart Convent 7. Sonata Music School 8. All Saints College 9. Dikkumbura Sri Siddhartha. The children were taught how to hold a recorder, how to maintain a recorder, the basic fingering exercises and taught a basic tune ―Hot Crossed Buns ―. It was a valuable experience for all and look forward to participating in next year’s festival too.

Celebrating the completion of one year of The Yamaha Programme at the end of January 2015, was a proud moment to The Music Project team and The Yamaha Music Centre. The programme now consist of 17 schools and has 1236 students registered! Reaching out to areas from Galle to Mullaitivu (Galle, Kurunegala, Wariyapola, Kuliyapitiya, Polonnaruwa, Nugewella, Kandy, Mullaitivu).

Yumi Tsutsumi – Is a JICA volunteer working as a school band teacher in the Maldives. Yumi a friend of Kana (our JICA volunteer) came on a holiday to Sri Lanka and visited The Music Project. Yumi joined our December holiday programme 2014 at Gunananda MV and Lakdasa De Mel College. She enjoyed performing the soprano and alto saxophones for our children. They had never heard seen or heard the sound of a real saxophone, so it was a fabulous experience for them.

"Educate to Protect"  invites The Music Project children to perform at their fundraising event on the 21st of November 2014 at the Park Street Mews Stables. The children of The Music project orchestra performed a Beatles medley of "Love me do" and "I love her" and the percussion group performed a drum solo piece.

"Educate to Protect" is a child rights and educational program, organised jointly by Flamingo Foundation, the CSR arm of Flemingo Group and The Inner Wheel District 322 of Sri Lanka - their mission is to fight silent child abuse in Sri Lanka.

They are proud to say that since September 2013, they have reached out and raised awareness amongst 17,000 children and more than 4000 parents and educators.

The Music Project teachers and our JICA volunteer Kana Hayashi from Japan, organised a special visit to Wayamba President College in Ibbagamuwa, to see the progression of the students who are following the Yamaha project on the 26th September 2014.

These visits are conducted as part of sustaining the Yamaha project to observe the progression and development of the students. This gives the teachers of the Music Project an opportunity to provide positive feedback to the school teachers and also conduct special workshops to the students.

Friday, November 14, 2014

JICA observation mission

On the 28th of October, a delegation of 12 members from JICA Japan office visited us whilst we were teaching at Pothubowa Maha Vidhayalaya. They visited Sri Lanka for the purpose of observing JICA related projects and activities, including activities related to the JICA volunteer program.

As part of our Yamaha project to spread Music across Sri Lanka - The Music Project embarks on a journey to teach  music in the Northern parts of Sri Lanka. This project is a joint partnership between Yamaha Center Sri Lanka and The Music Project, to teach children across Sri Lanka to play the recorder as an initial step towards learning music.The  Yamaha Centre provides The Music Project with 100 free recorders per month to conduct this initiative.

 

Here you see The Music Project teachers conducting the Teacher training workshop for the Mullaitivu schools mentioned below: 

1. MU/ Therankandal G.T.M.S
2. MU/ Mallavi Central College
3. Nattankandal College
The training session took place at the Mallavi Central College on the 5th of November 2014. These teachers have no western music experience and therefore have requested more classes in order for them to reach a satisfactory level. The teacher training (TT) programs will be conducted till the end of year and start the student's program next year January 2015. We are very happy with the progress and dedication of these teachers.
 
 
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The Music Project is an El Sistema inspired iniative in Sri Lanka, where we aim to bring together two communities separated by decades of conflict by teaching music. Read more...

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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.

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