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Sep 5, 2014

I learned that it take a lot more to teach.

Takayuki playing with his peers.
Takayuki playing with his peers.

Through peer learning experience, Takayuki (Grade 6, Ono elementary school) says he realized it takes enormous effort to teach others, but he has a sense of accomplishment in the end.    

“During 2-day Summer Intensive Lesson, I had an opportunity to teach and assist two of 2nd graders on basic music piece. It was difficult to have them understood at once, and I had to tell them straighten their back many times. Time flew so quickly and I came to realization that I had to be well prepared and communicate precisely to teach others. I was so happy and proud when they were able to play the piece finally!” Takayuki also says he is now more thankful for their teachers after knowing it takes enormous effort to teach.

He seems that he had blissful moment at SUMMER CONCERT IN SOMA of August 11, 2014, too. “It was thrilled to play with world known pianist Ms. Mami Hagiwara and Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra! Maximizing the potential of instrument and its sound, feeling music in harmony so closely is unforgettable experience. I am very thankful to be a member of El Sistema Japan, and I want to practice harder to challenge more music piece.” Takayuki tells us with bright smile.      

While we encourage children to work on music skills, we also focus on peer learning experience which is one of the El Sistema’s core values; students mentor each other, share their knowledge and skills. It is our belief that it leads children to develop critical life skills and contribute social development in Soma where more than 4,000 children and their families still suffer from traumatic stress caused by earthquake and tsunami, as well as the subsequent nuclear accident.

Thanks to GlobalGiving donors, more than 180 children are joyfully participating El Sistema inspired music education program now, and ever more we feel it is necessary toexpand the program to reach out more children in needs to support their lives. For every child’s bright future, in music, we trust. Your continuous support and kind attention is greatly appreciated.

Jun 2, 2014

There may be challenges but I will strive forward.

2013 Christmas Concert
2013 Christmas Concert

There may be challenges, but I will strive forward. Because in the end, I know I can overcome. El Sistema taught us how through the music program”

Even after 3 years, 4,000 children in Soma still suffer from traumatic stress caused by earthquake and tsunami as well as the subsequent nuclear accident in March 2011. However, thanks to Global Giving donors, now more than 150 children are joyfully participating El Sistema inspired music education program.

Runa, Age 15 shared her feeling after lesson ; “Although I made mistake on some notes, compared to last time I was able to play more and better! We tried ‘PASTRALE’ by Coreli this time, but I didn’t know the music so I borrowed CD from instructor and tried to listen 10 times a day. I practiced at home so hard, too. I was so happy that I could play till the end. There may be challenges like this again, but I just strive forward, because in the end I know I can overcome. I learned it from El Sistema.”  

Throughout the year, we witnessed positive changes in many children’s attitude towards challenges. We feel that it is our mission toexpand our program and reach out more children in needs to support changing their lives through music. Your continuous support and kind attention would be immeasurably appreciated!

Mar 10, 2014

Double your donations today to support students like Ayuka!

Ayuka - "Thank you for the chance to play music"
Ayuka - "Thank you for the chance to play music"

Today, we'd like to share a story out of many students' lives you have changed - through supporting our project.

Ayuka experienced a lot of difficulties after her house near the coast was swept away by the tsunami resulting from the East Japan Great Earthquake, and moved to inland areas within Soma in 2011.  In order to cope with new school environment, she joined the school strings band and became to love do playing viola. Fortunately, with the supports from El Sistema Japan, the band, which used to be in a difficult situation due to lack of instruments and qualified instructors, was revitalized.Today, through her participation in string band activity, she now enjoys playing the viola above all things with a newly established Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus.

Ayuka's comment:

"What I felt after performing at the El Sistema music learning was really amazing. The music was so different between the beginning and end. The crescendo helped me imagine the flow of music and it changed the music totally, which was moving.  Also, I felt like I became closer with my friends when we played the game in the beginning in which we held hands together. My heart was filled with so much gratitude for giving us the opportunity to perform. Since you let us learn music, next time we hope to repay. I am thankful for a great opportunity to play music with friends."

In honor of the 3rd anniversary of East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, GlobalGiving is hosting a matching campaign for projects that work for recovery in Tohoku area.  Starting today, your donations will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving until matchign funds last.  To donate, click on "give now" button below.  

Thank you for your support for this project, and thank you for tranforming the lives of students like Ayuka! 

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