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Communitarian Music School

How did it start?

The Communitarian Music School started as a result of the concern SEARA and The Evangelical Christian Church had to intervene in the quotidian life of children, teenagers and youngsters in the Planalto (neighborhood in Natal), as we noticed the high level of this people`s inoccupation off their school duty, which made them look for destructive practice which enslave them physical, psychological and spiritually.

Along with this perception and recognizing the strong presence their culture has and the musicality in the Northeastern people`s life, we planned to take important steps, taking advantage of such reality, establishing something in the music area that we could offer this public and thus contribute with its families, giving them occupation as well as cultural and musical formation.

Besides noticing this social reality, something that has motivated us very much was saxophonist Seratanejo Suzete Maria Costa dos Santos`s disposition, who`s come from the town of Cruzeta and lives now in our neighborhood – something essential to such a big project. Thus, in 2004, The Communitarian Music School was born.

As Natal counts on the presence of the Army Forces  (army and the navy) and the military police, and knowing that a youngster  with musical training is a candidate to be part  of one of these institutions, with the possibility of a better job and future, our project got more consistency.

The next steps were looking for more substantial data and a home- to- home research, counting on  the participation of Mrs. Lillian F. N. Fávero César, which was just graduating in Social Service by the UFRN – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Rio Grande do Norte Federal University), not only in the research itself, but also trying to give the project a scientific credibility, so we could find out about the community`s interest in such a project, whose result was encouraging.

But, how to be a life transforming and restoring  project, if all we had was the vision, the will and people to work, without the material resources to make it real?

As an answer to this financial limitation we elaborated a project tying to bring a solution  to it by socializing the need of this vision, thus seeking to bring up the attention of friends, family and juridical parties to the wish of  associating with us to start the Communitarian Music School.

At first, we had a financial support from World Vision, which enabled us to acquire the following instruments: 32 records, 12 flutes, 4 tambourines, 2 afoxés, 2 rattles, 4 “egg- rattles”, 4 ganzás, 4 triangulos (“triangles”), 1 electric guitar, 3 guitars, 1 bass guitar and one set of drums. Also, the following pedagogical support material:  1 teacher`s board, chalks, 1 teacher`s board with lines and 55  music paper notebooks; and the following furniture: 1 table, 2 chairs, 50 student desks and one water fount.

 

GOALS:

  1. To develop each student`s  psychomotor coordination;
    1. To educate children and teenagers as regards their musicality, bringing up in them a taste for music, culture, arts, as well as for studying;
    2. To develop musicians for:
    3. The composition of a music band in the Planalto neighborhood;
    4. The regular labor market;
    5. The Christian labor market.
      1. To offer a new life conception, values and a new world view that may bring about a character and life change for children and teenagers;
      2. To be an instrument for occupational therapy as to contribute in reducing child marginalization levels, being an inhibitor and restorer  of those whose lives are already involved in marginality;
      3. To contribute for the improvement of school achievement through tutoring in subjects and areas of difficulty, also aiding to rescue the human dignity and improvement for children`s and teenager`s lives who are in risk situation, providing them with a profession.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Communitarian Music School started with children and teenagers who attended the Evangelical  Christian  Church along with some others from the local community, 6 to 20 years old, in a schedule that can fit into their school’s.

The musical initialization takes place in a theoretical and practical form, seeking from the very beginning to promote the child’s interest for music, working at the first moment with some percussion instruments such as ganzá, afoxé, triângulo (“triangle”), tambourine, “egg-rattles”, rattles; and at a second moment, working with wind instruments such as the recorder, and then, later on, other wind instruments.

The ECM (Escola Comunitária de Música – “Communitarian Music School”) started with teachers : Suzete M. Santos and Luís Vicente. Nowadays we only have Suzete M. Santos. During this time we have been able to observe the students’ development in all senses. Some of them , already teenagers, attend now the services at theEvangelical Christian Church in Planalto.

Because we want the students to realize and value better this investment, we charge each student a nominal monthly maintenance fee. Because it is difficult for some to contribute with the fee, we have been working with sponsorship, searching for friends, relatives and entities who would take a commitment to “adopt” these needy students.

We have recently won two second-hand wind instruments, which were renovated for use, but we still have great need for instruments, especially in the present phase. Thus, we count on your support!

 

“COME OVER INTO THE NNORTHEAST AND HELP US”

 

PLACE OF OPERATION:

House of Prayer (Temple of the Evangelical Christian Church)

Rua Santo Antônio, 98 – Planalto – 59067-835 – NATAL – RN

"Therefore he who knows to do good and doeth it not, it is sin" - James 4: 17. "For the Son of man came not to be served but to serve and give His life a ransom for many." Matthew 20: 28

Donations for the  Communitarian School of Music, in money and instruments must be made on behalf of:

 

Serviço de Evangelização e Assistencial de Restauração Ágape-SEARA

Rua Santo Antônio, 98 – Planalto – NATAL – RN

Contact: + 55 (84) 3218.5188 / (84) 3218.1627

CNPJ (governament legal registration) - 00462.839/0001- 41

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