Learning to play an instrument provides several long-term benefits including increased self-confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, the California program “Academic Music” uses an innovative curriculum that proves music helps children learn math through rhythm (journal of educational studies in mathematics). Aside from the research, learning to play a musical instrument is a fun and joyful experience and playing as an ensemble.
A youth center will provide the space for music lessons, a computer lab and school supplies as well as a safe place for an after school program mentored and instructed by young adults. The community will benefit knowing their children are in a safe environment and receiving academic and mentoring support. Located in the center of town, the youth center would be used for events and musical performance, bringing the arts and social development to the community.
An initial assessment of interest and outcomes will be made once the music room in La Placita has been in use for the first 90 days. Parents will be interviewed to identify community interest and value to their children. Similar assessments will also be made at the school in La Ticla to identify outcome and community interest. Although self-esteem and confidence may be difficult to measure, opinions expressed by the children and community will be documented to identify the program’s value.
The budget is divided into three sections; one for each phase of development leading to the completion of the music program and youth center.
Phase 1: Completed
Phase 2: Fundraising
Phase 3: Fundraising
Rental space located in La Placita at the business of Juan Mendez will be use for the youth center. An existing space at the primary school in La Ticla will be used for the school’s music and computer lab. Equipment and supplies for the program includes: