Chin Sok is providing the traditional music
Chin Sok, the 18-years-old, is the eldest brother of 6 siblings, whose poor widow mother cannot cover even daily food, living in Siem Reap Province, is making income from Khmer Traditional Music just after the covid-19 eased in Cambodia. The youth has been earning money to cover his family’s expenditures so that his brother and sisters have been able to attend the school like other children. This burden caused him to drop out of school at a young age and enrolled in free-of-charge training on Khmer traditional music course with Salvation Centre Cambodia, SCC. The Khmer traditional music is transforming him to have a decent life and contributed to maintaining Khmer traditions.
He has been studying Khmer traditional music at SCC school from March 2016 until today. He is now able to play many types of Khmer traditional music that he is always hired to play the music with friends at any events, receiving an incentive of around 20.00 US dollars per time. Remarkably, he is happy to share this knowledge with their classmates when the teacher was absent or the teacher gave him training. He has clearly instructed the key methods to learn Khmer traditional music to the next generation. Beyond the transferred knowledge to other students, he also shared good lessons learned and habits such as practicing music regularly/often, trying to study hard, rehearsing together, listening to the devices of the instructor, adhering to a clear aim, and following our dreams. He said, “These are the methods that I have practiced and found to be very useful and effective ways in practicing the music”.
In the future, he wants to become a professional Khmer Traditional Musician so he studies and practices very hard with the music. Finally, we’d like to appeal to all philanthropists to join us to make other poor youths' dreams come true as well as to maintain Khmer Traditional Music. Thank you for your generous kindness of yours through SCC.
Trained students perform Khmer Traditional music
Students are hired to play at a restaurant
They are playing at a ceremony in the communities