BENEFITING: TEXAS HERITAGE MUSIC FOUNDATION INC
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Texas Heritage Music Foundation and Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason want to expand their dynamic outreach education program!
Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason is an empowering combination of music teaching and hands-on approaches to playing. The outreach program is provided free of charge, and has made an impact on children aged 8 to 13 in resource-compromised rural schools near the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Recently we were able to expand to include over 500 students in the city center as well.
We transport the classes directly to those who need it most. Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason is administered in the U.S. by the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, Inc. and in Mexico by Pro Musica San Miguel, A.C.
About Texas Heritage Music Foundation:
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Texas Heritage Music Foundation (THMF) is a not-for-profit organization based on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. Its mission is to preserve the traditions in Texas Music, and to promote bicultural ties with Mexico. Founder and Director Kathleen Hudson is working closely with Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason Director Tim Hazell to help promote the innovative music outreach program in central Mexico. Please view the Texas Heritage website: www.texasheritage.org for more information.
About Pro Musica San Miguel:
Pro Musica (www.promusicasma.org) has been bringing world-calibre classical music to San Miguel de Allende for over fifteen years. Its season runs from September through March and is comprised of 25 concerts, ranging from solo piano and classical guitar recitals, through string quartets, symphony orchestra and opera. Pro Musica is now one of Latin America's largest promoters of classical music, attracting thousands of residents and visitors to San Miguel de Allende each year. Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason began with a pilot project in May, 2011, initiated by Pro Musica President Michael Pearl, renowned operatic tenor Rodrigo Garciarroyo (www.rodrigogarciarroyo.com) and teacher/interdisciplinary artist Tim Hazell.
The Rhythm, Rhyme & Reason program has become a resounding success in Mexico. We now teach some 850 children for 44 weeks of the year. The program uses a wide variety of instruments, ranging from pre-Hispanic replicas of Mexico’s ancient past, through ukuleles and marimbas, to our own custom-built guitars for children, made by a San Miguel master luthier. ‘RR&R” brings world music influences into the classroom, and helps to eliminate cultural and language barriers. Special teaching methods were developed specifically for the challenges of working in environments were facilities are primitive and creative materials are scarce.
The children gain not only musical skills, but also learn teamwork and discipline. Their peers and families are justifiably proud of their achievements. This unique program brings each classroom to exuberant life, and opens doors to all kinds of creative thinking. Our Day of the Dead ceremony in 2012 featured 25 of our pupils from the Los Ricos school. This year’s Gala Fundraiser had 60 students performing instumental music and singing the Mexican classic “Cielito Lindo.”
Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason is a long term commitment, as each pupil will spend four years in the classes, coming out with a good grounding in rhythm, playing techniques and music basics. We now offer a guitar class for those who show the necessary aptitude. All programs are free to the schools, and we require them to be part of the regular curriculum, to ensure a high degree of commitment from children, teachers and parents.
Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason has been received with enthusiasm, delight and acclaim by pupils, parents, teachers and education officials alike. The program has been presented to the State of Guanajuato’s Department of Public Education and met with overwhelmingly positive approval. Los Ricos school director and teacher Maira de la Luz Jiménez says, “All of the teachers in our region who have reviewed RR&R are enthusiastic and want it for their schools.”
The Texas Heritage Music Foundation, Pro Musica San Miguel and Program Director Tim Hazell believe the Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason program can make a real difference in the lives of the children and adolescents who attend. Results are startling and rewarding after only a short period of time. We hope to roll out the program to additional schools, but we need funding for this! Please become a part of our important contribution to outreach education by making a minimum donation of $10 or more. Please pass this site on to your colleagues and friends!
Look what these notables in music education, administration and project development have to say about Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason:
“ We are rolling out the program to an increasing number of schools in the region and Mexico. Tim has been a valuable member of the Pro Musica Board of Directors for many years and brings a vast knowledge of music, both as a performer and academic, to his vital role as Program Director. I have no hesitation in commending our music education outreach collaboration.”
- Michael Pearl, President, Pro Musica
“In addition to its mandate for bringing music outreach education to Mexican primary schools, Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason integrates a variety of disciplinary perspectives to the benefit of the children enrolled. The innovative program continues to enrich learning experiences of students and teachers alike and the success of the program is evidence of its impact as the number of schools continues to grow.”
- Dr. Charlie McCormick Ph.D. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas
“ This dynamic experiment in music outreach education is a vital addition to the cultural landscape. Its influence in local education, arts and the community has been broadly felt.
- Camilla Sands, President, San Miguel International Chamber Music Festival
“Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason is first and foremost a creative challenge for the teachers and students. The secret of its success has been the ability of its organizers to deliver on any promise, and follow through with complete integrity. Tim Hazell and I share an ongoing commitment to establish new liberal arts experiences on both sides of the border. Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason continues to create excitement, with programs that are thematically distinctive and memorable.” -Kathleen Hudson, Professor of English, Schreiner University, Founder and President, Texas Heritage Music Foundation, Kerrville, Texas
“I am a Juilliard-trained composer/performer with 40 years of experience in solo and collaborative productions worldwide. One of the most interesting developments has been observing the success of the children’s pre-Hispanic and world music outreach program Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason, which has continued to expand its number of schools, students and curriculum to include poetry, performance art and live concerts ”
- Ken Bichel, Emmy award winning pianist and composer, M.S. The Julliard School of Music
“Pro Musica has even commissioned a line of student guitars, which has added a much needed enhanced music learning opportunity to rural communities. The program has become a vital part of liberal arts education offered to the children of San Miguel, the region and Mexico. It is my feeling that Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason has much to offer and the staff has much to gain as they work toward achieving their stated objectives.”
- Mary Elmendorf, Ph.D., Nobel Peace Prize (group) recipient, anthropologist, author and humanitarian
“ This project has the potential to produce very important results impacting the educational system in Mexico, in my opinion. In addition, by promulgating knowledge within the United States of this rich Mexican history and culture, I believe that the result could be a significant improvement in relations between our two countries.”
- Russell Archibald, Ph.D. (Hon), MSc-ME, Fellow PMI, Hon Fellow APM/IPMA, PMP
“India and Mexico are oceans apart, with exceedingly rich and ancient cultures. Our connect is a compassion for the under served and it has strengthened through our communications. The concept of chiseling and polishing the personalities of children who benefit from “Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason” is unique indeed. By promoting instruments of ancient Mexico you are preserving its heritage in an exemplary manner. Needless to say, it goes to enhance the self-esteem and confidence of these young players.”
- Dr. Venu Sanon M.D. (Path), Long Site Clinic, Kuiri Mussoorie, Rickvan’s Ridge, Barloganj
“Our positive impact on the region and beyond is made possible through outreach education such as offered by Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason. Before my move to San Miguel, I was a top executive or partner in a number of businesses in New York City and served as a volunteer with various organizations. I can highly recommend the program in extending the concept of creative empowerment to Mexican children most in need.”
- Gregory Diamant, Biblioteca President, 2010, San Miguel de Allende
“I wish to convey to you my greatest recognition and the gratitude of the entire educational community of the United Nations school, parents, pupils and teachers, and that since teacher Tim Hazell has been conducting the music classes there have been several changes in the nature, thinking and behavior of the students; for us the presence of his program in our school is of vital importance. Skills have been developed in the lives of the students, achieving several of the objectives that we had hoped for, also noted by the Secretariat, and their public performances have surpassed our expectations.
For everything, a thousand thanks”
- Professor María de la Luz Jiménez Rodríguez, Director and teacher, Los Ricos de Abajo Primary School