The Jose de la Cruz Mena School of Music, one of Nicaragua's only music schools, is full of talented students and dedicated teachers but real short on instruments & books. Tololamos is planning to bring down a digital piano, some woodwind & brass instruments and Spanish-language method books, so that their 100+ students can get a fair shot at developing their talents.
The Leon School of Music serves the entire department of Leon - about 400,000 people. The school's 100+ students attend daily outside of their regular school hours and their teachers give lessons, organize ensembles and assist with practice, but they have a major shortage of both instruments and books. There is a lot of potential musical talent going unrealized, just because students can't get access to an instrument.
Tololamos will collect and purchase instruments in the US and send them down to the school, alongside Spanish-language instruction books and materials like valve oil, cork grease and swabs. We'll also organize a joint concert on our next trip down to showcase the partnership.
This project will provide hundreds of current and future music students with the tools they need to learn. Music is a great cultural connector, and provides skills, enjoyment and opportunities for many young Nicaraguans.