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Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Suchitoto

As we wrap up 2018, enjoy 6 different powerful stories on our programs, the day-to-day challenges we face, and how we use music to transform lives. Our second story comes from Miguel Ortega, Program Manager of Soy Música


by Miguel Ortega

“We are born with creativity, we just need the space to develop it. It doesn’t matter if it’s perfect, but if we feel creative, we should be able to create something without fear or complex. Soy Música is such a positive learning for me, that after being in the workshops, I try to put it into practice at all times, with my family, friends, neighbors. This helps me to be a better person. Just open our minds and make a change in our lives.” Soy Música trainee, 2018


Working in places like El Salvador, we find ourselves, many times, in environments and communities where music has never been introduced before. Last February, the town of Suchitoto, was one of these places. Suchitoto has lived through the worst of the El Salvadoran civil war, it is presently a town that is striving to become a national cultural point of reference.


Arriving for our 3rd week of training with Soy Música program, with 35 teachers and facilitators, our aim was to encourage the trainees and participants to embrace creativity, while ensuring we rid ourselves of prejudgements and attitudes; our main focus was to empower the group to work together to tell their story through song.
It was our third time at this particular school in Suchitoto. Like many schools in the area, there was no music program, for many of the children, this would be their first musical experience. We opened a door to creativity and the students were quick to catch on, enthusiastically creating lyrics, melodies, and movements that told a story.


In a society that is still suffering from the effects of civil war conflicts, we know the importance of not only creating a space where the children are able to unleash their creativity but space where they can feel heard. Soy Música aims to bring social change and break the cycle of violence in the whole territory of El Salvador. Beginning with the teachers, we create spaces for creation, understanding and connection, space where our trainees are empowered to go through a personal change and later bring that change to others.


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Soy Música – Training Week III

We’re back in El Salvador for the third training week in our program Soy Música.

We are training 35 Salvadoran music teachers and community facilitators to become community music leaders, and use music as a tool to promote inclusion and social harmony among thousands of children in El Salvador.

The program is in partnership with Unicef El Salvador and the Ministerio de Educación E.S.

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Soy Música launched!

Last week our team traveled to El Salvador to kick off  our new program, Soy Música (I Am Music). Our trainers, Danny Felsteiner Mekori and Pepe Garcia, led the first training week with 37 Salvadoran musicians and teachers, who are learning to apply our methodologies to use music for inclusion and social harmony.

The program is in partnership with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education of El Salvador, both have invited Musicians without Borders to run our yearlong Community Music Leadership Training.

We are training 37 music teachers and community facilitators, reaching thousands of children in schools and communities across the country.

Our trainees practiced their new skills already this first week, visiting a school where 200 children enjoyed music making for 2 hours.

See more photos here.

Assessment visit to El Salvador

In March we were invited by UNICEF El Salvador and the Ministry of Education (MINED) to assess the needs and structure for a community music leadership training in El Salvador. The aim is to address the high level of violence in the country and reach thousands of children using music as a tool for community building, reducing violence, and bringing hope.

During the week we visited several community and cultural centers, running workshops with children, and structuring the program to start later this year.

Watch more photos here.

We would like to thank the following centers for welcoming and sharing their music with us:
Centro Cultural Pablo Tesak
Armonia Cuscatleca
Centro Arte para la Paz
Centro de Arte y Cultura, Escuela de Música “Paco Cutumay”

In these photo you can see students of Pablo Mendez Granadino who does amazing work with these children at Armonia Cuscatleca.