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Music as a Global Resource: - International Council for Caring ...


SECTION: Music for Sustainable Community Development COUNTRY: Brazil PROJECT: THE HUMAN BODY AS AN INSTRUMENT: PROJECT BATUCADEIROS DESCRIPTION: Since 2001, the Batucadeiros Project has been addressing the needs of the underserved and vulnerable populations in Recanto das Emas, a town in the periphery of Brasilia. By developing a methodology that promotes inclusion through socio-cultural access to music from the use of the human body as a musical instrument, the Project Batucadeiros offers a solution to quality musical engagement where the difficulty of acquiring musical instruments, especially in disadvantaged segments of the population, is evident. By eliminating the cost of expensive tools and materials, we have created musical learning with a wide power range. The exploration of multiple genres, musical rhythms, improvisation and aural acuity are at the center of the pedagogical goals. Musical pieces are composed collectively out of the musical knowledge that participants bring to the meeting space. As a set of collectively invented ‗repertoire‘ was developed, the project received invitations for presentations and workshops and are now part of the structure of the project. As a consequence, a process for the formation of ‗Multiplicadores‘— young participants that take on the role of leaders and pedagogues—was also developed. The project‘s aims include: Improving literacy by increasing school attendance Expanding the age range of participants served to include younger children Launching a broader community initiative toward interactive learning and the development of school-support systems within the community Creating partnerships with government and private companies such as Laboratory Sabin and Brazil Telecom that support internships for mentors that lead toward entrance into college programs CURRENT STATUS: Over the years, Projeto Batucadeiros has raised resources from the government, private companies, individuals, presentations and from body percussion workshops. In 2010 the program was selected to work in partnership with an Entrepreneurship Incubator Project developed by the University of Brasilia. The program focuses on judicial, marketing and pedagogical aspect for Non-Governmental Organization development. Currently, the project serves 90 children and adolescents. From the Project Batucadeiros Multiplicadores (Multipliers), we have more than 120 students who are served, once a week, in communities of vulnerable populations in Distrito Federal (Brasília). Along with the training in body percussion, the project will create a symphony orchestra with the children and the adolescents: ―Batucadeiros Growing With Music.‖ We have established a partnership with the University of Brasilia on two fronts: the Decanate of Extension and Art and the Culture- Incubator-Support Centre for Technology Development. The goal is to link the project with the knowledge developed by the University (teaching, research, extension) for the improvement of actions that generate a positive impact on local society through music as an instrument of social transformation. 18

RESEARCH AND EVALUATION: The program uses an array of procedural and other assessment matrixes for evaluating results. Thus, the development of specific goals is monitored through evaluation questions. The indicators for the evaluation of the results are: frequency and student achievement in the activities offered, motivation of teachers, family relationships, school performance, interpersonal relationships within the family project and interest in the schooling of their children. From these evaluations forms, we collect data, diagnose situations and elaborate directions. During this process, we began to investigate the possible causes of the problems our young people encounter in schools, particularly in terms of a perceived large gap in literacy capacity, accounting for numerous cases of so-called functional illiterates. Therefore, participation in the Batucadeiros Project became contingent upon school attendance which, according to recent surveys has had a positive impact on school attendance for those enrolled, increasing attendance up to two more days per week. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: CONTACT INFORMATION: Organization: Instituto Batucar Address: Rua 14 Norte lt 3 ap 1005/ Águas Claras – DF/ Brazil Phone: (61) 8419-9675/8419-9674/3435-2241 Contact Person: Ricardo Amorim Email: 19

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