Pantanal Music Exchange: Music Education in Poconé - 2012 to present
Board Sponsor: Alex Carney
Pantanal Music Exchange (PME) works to provide and increase access to high quality music education in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The project began at the Nazaré Orphanage in Poconé, teaching violin, viola, and cello to kids ages 8 to 16, and continues to expand with lessons, concerts, and performance opportunities in the community. PME brings in accomplished musicians and aims to provide a very high quality music education, but also recognizes the wider benefits of music. Through music, PME works to improve overall education effectiveness, build a sense of community, and provide a creative outlet.
Today, weekly music lessons continue year-round at Nazare in partnership with the Instituto Ciranda, a youth orchestra based in Cuiaba. The Juara foundation provides intensive teaching during the summer, and helps guide curriculum throughout the year. We are also looking at ways to expand throughout the schools and community in Poconé to offer music education to even more students.
Building on local tradition and strengthening community is an important part of PME. The program allows children to learn the music they like and the music they know, be it traditional, classical, or even pop. In 2014 PME ran a joint musical experience matching students in Brazil with their counterparts in Los Angeles. Aided by technology, the students were able to perform for each other, listen, and even make music together. Students could showcase their own music, experience that of others, and be proud of what they had accomplished.