“Happy 2012 to you all! 2011 was an awesome year and this year is going to be another great year for Music for Canoa. We began a partnership with the local middle school and Maestro Arthur comes to the classroom once a week and gives music theory lessons and teaches the flute and other instruments to a group of 12 enthusiastic 9 to 12-year-old students who are very eager to learn. We are very excited about this new partnership since the kids will go on to be part of the main group of talented musicians. One of the newest students, Joao Gabriel, 12 yo, is very excited about being part of this program:
“I really like the music lessons I am receiving at school and I hope that all my friends can become part of this program too. I have invited them to come to the classes so that they can learn something new every time like me. I am very excited about learning music because it has also helped me to learn quicker in school. Since Maestro Arthur is always teaching something new every week, the classes are interesting and creative, it keeps me interested and wanting to learn more. Music for Canoa is a very important part of my school and I feel very lucky to have these classes.” Joao Gabriel, 12 yo.
Ten active experienced members continue to attend classes twice a week, on Fridays and Saturdays for 2 hours each day and perform every holiday and community events. One of our most dedicated musician, Angelina, 16 yo tell us how she feels about the program:
“I truly enjoy being part of Music for Canoa because it has helped me to be more dedicated in school and I am able to be more focused to achieve my goals in school. I have been able to pay more attention in my classes and my family has noticed my progress in school. Since becoming part of this program, I have been more involved in the activities in my community. Now that I can play the clarinet, I can give music back to my community. I am very thankful to have music in my life and I want to continue to play music and inspire others to participate in our program”. Angelina Pereira dos Santos, 16yo.
Our guitar lessons with Maestro Valdir have eight active members at this moment and with your continued support we will be able to get more guitars to expand the number of students. We have a total of five guitars and some of the students need to share. In order to enroll more students in our guitar lessons we need more guitars.
Once again we want to thank you for your support. Your generous contribution has helped keep our project alive. Your donation helps to pay the salaries of our music teachers, maintain our instruments and purchase supplies and new instruments. We are in need of percussion instruments to expand our percussion lessons as well as more guitars and wind instruments. If you have any suggestions or feedback about our program, please feel free to send us. You have made it possible for us to continue our work and for that we want to thank you!
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Nina McKleroy, Project Leader.