Music project primary school San Ildefonso

Music project primary school San Ildefonso

August 17- 2016: National holiday, the day of the Bolivian flag. The school orchestra now expanded to 36 members stept a little preoccupied and nervous on the bus for a festive parade in the centre of Potosí, where tv-recordings were being made. Such a moment of triumph for these children who are never a priority, coming from a school at the outskirts of the large city, where no one really counts… But they do today! They played with great dedication, from the moment they got out of the bus untill the moment they had to get back in. How music can make this happen….

The glowed with pride and it was a day never to be forgotten.

Friday August 5 2016: Celebrating the national holiday, a performance by the orchestra, and the presentation of a new melody: the march. They marched and made music on the schoolyard and the area around the school, together with the parents, teachers and authorities. What a celebration and such joy! Be happy with them when watching the 30 seconds videofilm:  Video The march

December 2015: The first performance of the students who participated in the musical project was a great success. With great effort and enthusiasm they made music, danced and sang heartily during their presentation on the schoolyard, commemorating the end of the school year in December.

The children in the outskirts of Potosí have usually been displaced out of their original surroundings: the country side. They have gone to Potosí with their parents for economic reasons: father starts to work in the mines. Often they don’t speak Spanish –yet—and they have trouble expressing themselves. But dancing and making music with other children: that’s a happy thing! And if you go to school happily, you learn more.

In the city environment traditional norms and values are not as present. Even so, keeping in touch with these is important for your identity. To keep up the knowledge of original music and the use of native instruments, a music teacher will be appointed for three months and the primary school “1. De Mayo San Ildefonso” (with 200 students) in Potosí will be given access to native instruments. What is needed? 1 drum with sticks, 34 zampoñas (panpipes), 1 couple of cymbals and a music teacher.

At first, 45 students (10-15 years) will be given music lessons. They will form a group for music which other students can join later on.

A nice impulse for the primary school education to mineworker’s children in Potosí.

(This project is to be continued)