Bringing music and aesthetics to the young
21 December 2017

Personal experience with music lends young people an enhanced sense of aesthetics and culture, an appreciation of human creativity, and heightened awareness of their environment.  Music Sharing is a Non-Profit Organization that strives to bring the entrancing brilliance of both Western classical and traditional Japanese music into schools, hospitals, and other institutions, which previously might not have had access to such genres of music.

The goal of Music Sharing’s International Community Engagement Program (ICEP), is to connect young people through music. The International Community Engagement Program provides children of different backgrounds the opportunity to experience first-hand diverse music traditions.  The activities are based on the fundamental belief that music nurtures, heals, and inspires the mind. The organization promotes international cultural exchanges, encouraging audiences and musicians to connect with each other through the arts. Additionally, the program helps participating musicians to broaden their awareness and understanding of the positive impact of community engagement.

At the request of the NGO section of the DPI, UNIC New Delhi organized a music tour for the entire group, with performances scheduled at Music Basti, ASN Senior Secondary School, St Stephen’s Hospital and the Vrindavan shelter home managed by the Guild for Service, among others

UNIC New Delhi collaborated on the initiative as part of its longstanding community engagement programme with private and government schools. Midori, the founder of Music Sharing and other committed professionals participated as performers and instructors at the ASN Senior Secondary School and engaged with a gathering of 1000 school students from various Delhi schools.

The performance at ASN began with an introduction of the group, whom the children were visible excited to meet. The Ambassador of Japan to India, H.E Kenji Hiramatsu, was also in attendance, to show his support for the group. The ceremonial lighting of the lamp by the Ambasssador marked the beginning of what turned out to be an enthralling musical journey for all those present. The performance was not merely riveting, but also highly informative as Midori made sure to introduce each piece that the group performed, bringing forth names of Western and Japanese classical music maestros, and thus opening up an entirely new musical landscape for the students. The relaxed and intimate nature of the orchestra made it even more enjoyable for the students.

Events such as these make for compelling alternative models of learning.

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