“One who is making music, does not learn to hate. One who is making music learns to hear, to listen and to think.” (Isaac Stern)
“Música en los Barrios” founded in 1993, is a musical project granting access to music to children and adolescents, who live in poor and disadvantaged circumstances. Young teachers give fundamental music and recorder classes in the poorest districts of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Musica en los Barrios works in 9 different Barrios of Managua and the program involves nearly 400 children.
The project “Música en los Barrios” uses music as mean of bringing together children and adolescents from different social backgrounds and standards of living. Introducing music helps creates a positive and creative learning environment which in the end entails learning an instrument.
Beyond the musical education “Música” offers workshops for teachers, willing to broaden their skills. Teachers of preschools and elementary schools attend “Talleres”, and learn a simple music curiculum. Songs, rhythm, raps and dances in the classroom integrate the element of music into an otherwise traditional and formal class structure.
Since 2006 “MelB” has been part of the cultural centre “Casa de los tres Mundos” in Granada. The German-Austrian non-governmental organisation “PanyArte” provides financial support for this program.