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Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus



This project, the first El Sistema-inspired program in Japan takes place in Soma, Fukushima, one of the disaster areas of the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011, and serves the area's children who have been affected by that great tragedy by instructing and engaging children in a classical orchestral and chorus music education programs inspired by Venezuelan El Sistema's core values, such as teamwork, peer learning and joy.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

4,000 children in Soma have suffered traumatic stress caused by earthquake and tsunami as well as the subsequent nuclear accident since March 2011. Although the radiation dose is relatively low in Soma, their daily activities are still restricted.

How will this project solve this problem?

Music itself can heal children. In addition, through this orchestral and chorus music education program, at least 300 children aged between 7 and 15 will directly have the benefit while 2000 children get an indirect benefit through the music classes as a part of the regular curriculum.

Potential Long Term Impact

Through our El Sistema inspired lessens learned in group activities, child can take pride and gain confidence in themselves with lively attitude, which are benefits that can spread beyond the classroom to parents and the community, resulting in positive social change in Soma.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $6,155
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $143,845
Total Funding Goal: $150,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Yutaka Kikugawa

Chuo-ku, Tokyo Japan

Where is this project located?

Map of Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
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