Symphony Seeds Early Childhood Music Program Heartdancers
 

Children Symphony Orchestra

“If there is something to be changed in this world then it can only happen through music” Jimi Hendrix

An intensive, community-based educational program that aims to transform the lives of local children through music. Children who are immersed in the richness of music can learn more than just rote skills, as the diligence required to pursue music excellence will go on to be applied to other areas of life.


Heartdancers and Harris Community Centre’s current vision is to create a music program that would enrich the lives of the children by providing affordable lessons and facilitating a nurturing learning environment.

As in any community-based program, it will rely on the cooperation of the families and neighbourhoods. Rather than solely imparting knowledge in one direction, this program will strive for a mutually beneficial relationship. It will see its teachers, mentors and performers also benefit greatly from the involvement of communities and the span of its audience.

Please learn more about our music initiation program based in 3 stages of development below:

 

Our Methodology: ‘El Sistema’


Our program is inspired by El Sistema, the thriving Venezuelan Youth Orchestra Program, led by one of its former students and Orchestra Director, Maestro Gabriel Newman. Its founding principles include a team-based approach to collective, cooperative education, characterised by trust, discipline, empathy, commitment, structure and support for self-esteem. Since its foundation in 1975, Venezuela’s National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs, called ‘El Sistema’ has used music education as a vehicle for social change. It cultivates an ‘affluence of spirit’ which today brings hope, joy and positive social impact to 400,000 children and their families and communities throughout Venezuela. This unprecedented success has inspired hundreds of similar programs which serve an estimated 1 million children in at least 60 countries worldwide. Two of El Sistema’s most successful international programs - in Venezuela and in Batuta, Colombia - have sent every graduate to University - amongst many other measures of achievement.
The music program would focus on giving:
1) Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers Early Childhood Music Education.
2) Children 5-6 years old the opportunity to participate in our Paper Orchestra, children along with their parents will create their own instruments using recycle materials, cardboard (visual arts involved and upcycling principles of caring for the environment) children also share the beginnings of early music reading, learning how to hold the instrument and the basic of orchestra performance.
3) Children age 7+ an opportunity to learn how to play a stringed instrument and provide after-school lessons for violin and cello. Ultimately, a community experience will be formed around the joy and discipline stemming from music making. As in any community-based program, it will rely on the cooperation of the families and neighbourhoods. Rather than solely imparting knowledge in one direction, this program will strive for a mutually beneficial relationship. It will see its teachers, mentors and performers also benefit greatly from the involvement of communities and the span of its audience.
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