EBPP Music Programme is Developing Rapidly: Students Show Great Promise in Playing Guitar

By Eliya Simantov, EBPP Volunteer Music Programme Developer

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EBPP music students learning to play guitars

Last week, after a few months during which I have been away, I visited Ban together with Bang (Bambang Sri Handoko), our Music Programme trainer for over a year, to see the development and review how the kids are responding to the ongoing music classes that we’ve developed over the past two and a half years. I was really excited to go up to the hamlets again, to visit the schools, and also to see the changes in this amazing project on which David Booth and the dedicated EBPP staff have been working tirelessly.

After the long drive up the difficult mountain road to Darmaji hamlet and as we dusted ourselves off and got out of the off-road vehicle, I was glad to see some of the students running our way, mischievously competing between them who will get to help carry the musical instruments and other supplies that we brought with us from the EBPP headquarters down below. The kids didn’t even let us carry the heavy sacks of rice that we brought with us for their lunch meals, and carried them on their backs happily as if they were nothing but pillows.

After the greetings and hellos and as the music classes started I was amazed to see that some of the older students are already playing guitar! Bang explained that it has been a few months since he and Nengah Edi (one of our young local EBPP music team members, who grew up in one of the hamlets of Ban) started teaching the kids how to play the guitar. Itu sangat bagus untuk melihat bagaimana anak-anak senang dan berseri-seri saat mereka bergiliran bermain, menyesuaikan jari-jari kecil mereka untuk memainkan akord dan melodi benar, dan gembira ketika mereka bisa melakukannya dengan benar! Bang mengatakan yang kendala anggaran kami Program Musik masih tidak memiliki cukup gitar, dan mengungkapkan keinginannya bahwa setiap sekolah EBPP akan memiliki satu gitar untuk anak-anak untuk berlatih dengan, antara pelajaran musik mingguan mereka.

Sementara Edi terus mengajar pelajaran gitar, Bang mulai mengajar kelas musik dengan SD muda (sekolah dasar) siswa, bermain game musik, nyanyian, tarian, dan menguji mereka pada lagu-lagu sebelumnya dan materi yang telah mereka pelajari di kelas musik pada awal tahun. Itu adalah pengalaman yang benar-benar indah untuk melihat anak-anak berlari dan melompat-lompat dengan musik dan lagu, tertawa, menari dan bersenang-senang!

Selama hari berikutnya kami pergi ke sekolah EBPP di Pengalusan, di mana saya melihat jenis yang sama dari kilauan di mata siswa yang sedang bermain gitar perlahan tapi pasti. Bang mengatakan bahwa siswa Pengalusan terutama ingin belajar cara bermain gitar, dan terus-menerus meminta dia dan anggota tim program musik lainnya untuk pelajaran gitar lebih. Dia menjelaskan bahwa beberapa siswa memiliki motivasi yang besar dan potensi untuk menjadi musisi di masa depan, tapi sekali lagi, ia mengungkapkan keinginannya bahwa kita akan memiliki lebih banyak gitar di program musik, sehingga siswa akan dapat berlatih bermain di desa mereka, dan tidak akan menunggu untuk bermain hanya selama kelas musik yang berlangsung seminggu sekali. It will be wonderful if some of our students will have a chance to pursue a career in music, and we really want to give them the opportunity and the means to study well, and develop their talents.

As we were driving back to EBPP’s mountain office in Ban, Bang and I were talking about the developments and future plans for the music programme. We also shared how great it is to see the young students participating happily in the music classes, learning quickly and being empowered by their own creative ability, and how rewarding it is for us to see the joy and confidence that it brings them. We will be more than glad to share this rewarding feeling with those who would like to support our programme, in supplying us with more funds or musical instruments. Memberikan anak-anak yang indah kemungkinan untuk belajar, mengembangkan, dan tumbuh seperti anak-anak lain di seluruh dunia merupakan langkah penting dalam membantu mereka melangkah keluar dari lingkaran kemiskinan, dan memimpin desa-desa pegunungan dan masyarakat untuk masa depan yang lebih baik.


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