Sunday, September 15, 2013

Spreading Music Across Sri Lanka

This project is an initiative implemented by The Yamaha Music center in partnership with The Music Project to introduce music to school children across Sri Lanka. The Yamaha recorder is the ideal instrument for beginners as it provides a great introduction to playing and reading mu-sic. The Music Project chooses a school that is passionate in developing music and with the assistance of a team of school teachers, approximately hundred students are selected to partici-pate in this program. Each student receives a free Yamaha recorder and a lesson pack. The Music Project team conducts a teacher training workshop to all the schools. Once the workshop is completed the individual schools continue the Yamaha recorder lessons and a monthly feed-back form is sent by the teacher in-charge to regulate their progression.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Unite Programme 2013

The UNITE Programme August 2013 of The Music Project
On the 26th of August 4 buses of children from 3 schools of Kurunegala travelled to Thunukkai in Mullaitivu to join the children of the north for a 4 day long residential workshop as they prepared to work yet again as an orchestra. The children have worked together on 3 residential programmes over 3 years and so see their partners of the programme yet again. The children of Kurunegala resided at Yohapuram Maha Vidyalayam, Thunukkai for the UNITE programme for 2013. Nearly 250 children of the 500 children on the programme gathered together in the farming hamlet of Thunukkai, which was a hive of activity as logistics were mobilized in a post conflict setting to ensure that the programme was a success. 


The Music Project was recently featured on the documentary "Our World - Sri Lanka's Open Wounds" on BBC World.

It's four years since Sri Lankan government troops crushed the Tamil Tiger separatist militants, ending the civil war. But 30 years of violence has left a bleak legacy. The BBC's correspondent in Sri Lanka, Charles Haviland, reports for Our World on the lasting trauma for victims of the war who feel their voices are not being heard.

By Shehani Alwis

Two countries as far apart as Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka have come together in the name of the universal language of music. The Music Project from Sri Lanka in collaboration with Beyond Skin from Northern Ireland has launched their cultural education project “Parallel VersingT” which aims on a musical exchange between two vastly different cultures.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Mallavi Central College


This clip is taken from the workshops held at Mallavi Central College in Mullaitivu under The Parallel Versing project, a new global cultural media exchange initiative linking schools of Sri Lanka and Northern Ireland through music, IT and English. Parallel Versing is a cultural education project through a process of the creation of new music produced from two different global locations for one final composition. This pilot project is conducted by the partner organisations, The Music Project (Sri Lanka) and Beyond Skin (Northern Ireland).


A unique project linking schools of Sri Lanka and Northern Ireland through music, IT and English will commence shortly, beginning their Parallel Versing project, a new global cultural media exchange initiative. Through the partner organisations, The Music Project and Beyond Skin of Northern Ireland, the pilot scheme will begin with five schools in Sri Lanka based in Kurunegala, Mullaitivu supported by the Esufally Family Foundation, and the South Eastern Education Library Broad through CRED funding. Newtownbreda High School of Belfast, has been the first Northern Ireland school to commit to the project with recording sessions already taken place.

Our joint project with BeyondSkin, Parallel Versing, has been featured in an article in the Daily Mirror.

On the evening that the Northern teachers arrived, we hosted a dinner and social for all involved teachers, volunteers and principals in the centre. We’re disappointed that we didn’t get any pictures of the night, but that’s a sign of how much fun it was! It was a great opportunity for the principals and teachers to meet the Northern teachers, and realise the scope of the programme.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gunananda Concert

On the 7th April, we have been asked to have two groups ready to play in a concert organised by the headmaster. This is a great honour for the children to perform, as normally this opportunity is only for older children who learn Eastern Music from Grade 6. For this, we’ll be having a recorder group and a mixed recorder and percussion group.

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Our Testimonials
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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The Music Project is always looking for more volunteers and donors. If you are interested in what we do and would like to play a part in the future of Sri Lanka, please contact us!

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