Music Pa ’Culebra is celebrating a year full of
initiatives and achievements in 2019. . . 12/29/19
On Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm we had the Semester Closing Concert.
This was a concert where the little ones performed a series of simple but successful presentations. They represent the next wave of Música Pa Culebra! The big ones we see starting to shine as confident musicians as they work together to learn music and the art of performance. We had a house full of proud family members and visitors who joined us in supportintg our children.
In November we had our fundraiser at Club Nautico, which was a big success.
The children performed a set of music that demonstrated their talent. They did a wonderful job of showing their musical progress to an audience that was largely made up of people from the main island. It was a very successful event. Logistics were a real challenge, but we learn more every day and seeing the effect on children makes all the effort worth it. A grand piano was donated that needed repair, but it is finished and we are waiting now for the transportation details to fall into place. This piano was donated by a person who attended the Club Nautico event.
Music Pa ’Culebra is celebrating a year full
of initiatives and
achievements in 2019.
This year our summer camp had 64 children, 4 music teachers and 2 art teachers.
This Fall semester we have an enrollment of 45 children in the Friday and Saturday programs. The piano teacher started some introductory music lessons for kids from 3 to 5 years old, which the children and their mothers have enjoyed very much. It is also the first semester that we added mid-week music classes for adults and children. Our Conga and Rhythms of the Caribbean classes have been very busy.
'During 2019 we have coordinated free concerts in Culebra with visiting artists such as:
• William Cepeda Afrorican Jazz
• The 5 Cats Calypso Band
• The Orchestra of the Interamerican University of Bomba y Plena
• New Docta Chamber Music Group
We are also offering art classes for all ages of children every Saturday. This has been very successful and has added a new dimension to our program.
The Culebra Foundation signed a collaborative agreement with the Interamerican University to support our music program. We already had a visiting teacher who spent time reviewing our program. The plan is for Interamerican to help us develop a music curriculum along with new activities to encourage parents to participate in the program.
We plan to continue working and growing in 2020. We have a long-term vision of making Culebra a place where music and the arts are a cultural highlight for the community and for visitors. We hope to create opportunities for our musicians to play around Culebra and throughout Puerto Rico.
As you can see there has been a lot of progress. We are already celebrating our 4th year of Música Pa Culebra and 25 years of the Culebra Foundation.
We have started our fall semester at
Música Pa' Culebra. . . 09/25/19
This session runs from August to December 2019. This semester is a very challenging one because we are growing rapidly and we are working on some new additions to the program.
To achieve this, we have hired the Anthony Sierra part time. He moved to Culebra in August and joins us as percussion teacher. We have also added Doug Lang as coordinator of teacher and children's activities. This past week for the first time they made a musical presentation at the Ecological School with some of the MPC students. We hope to make these presentations a monthly occurrence.
We have some facility improvements on our list. We just replaced an ailing Air Conditioner.
We are also fitting out a booth for the recording studio, which has become a magnet for the older kids. We still need a couple French doors or a sliding door, to connect both rooms. We are also looking for ceiling acoustic tiles and office dividers to finalize the recording studio sound proofing.
We want to thank Eduardo Puig, Odarissa Rivera, Elsita Tió, Juan Carlos Montalvo, Carmen Sabater and Dawn Keon for instrument donations! Instruments are always welcome! We received the donation of a 16-passenger Transit bus that will help us take the children to various activities on the island and in Puerto Rico.
As you can see we have been very busy! We are currently in need of financial contributions because the major expense of the program is the payment to teachers. We are excited to see the response we have received from the children and the community in general to the new course offers. There is a group of adults asking for individual classes ... But in order to continue growing we need you to donate. No matter what your financial contribution, it is important. Remember that we have 501-C3 so you can deduct your contributions from the donation!
With you supporting our children, we continue!
Music in the Plaza and
February Fundraiser is a huge success. . . 02/18/2019
Music In The Plaza was an event where the resident community and visitors gathered to support our children of Música Pa 'Culebra.
All the children played, even the 6-year-olds that only started in February. The older students played, and surprised everyone with their progress in both playing and performing. They're clearly feeling more comfortable in front of an audience. They opened the performance, which left everyone hungry for more music from the kids. Two of the mothers addressed the audience. One mother shared her volunteer experience one summer and explained the complexity of managing and teaching children music. The other mother explained how the program is teaching her son to read music and gave her son the opportunity to develop his dream of playing music. A dream that would have been difficult without Música Pa 'Culebra.
The 5 Cats played a lively set after the kids. Their Calypso music delighted the community and did a great job bringing everyone together.
The fundraising activity at Justin's house was a total success.
Justin was a tremendous host for the children of Música Pa 'Culebra, their parents and all the guests. The food prepared by the parents and friends of the program was exquisite. We had a Silent Auction prepared by Cindy Golbert, to whom we are very grateful, with the help of all those who donated for it, which was very good. The children played a different and wider repertoire, which left everyone very pleased. Then the 5 Cats played their Calypso music, which got the dancing started and even included a little limbo. Graciela, one of the girls who plays the steel drum, joined the 5 Cats in the last song and it was excellent. Joa another of the girls who plays the steel drum said she wants to continue practicing to play professionally with a band like the 5 Cats! The 5 Cats pledged to help us develop our steel drum band and teach the kids every time they are hired to play in Culebra.
The joy and energy that was created that night was magical. Thanks again to Justin Sullivan for opening the doors of his home and supporting our children. Many thanks to all those who attended and those who support us so that this dream of music in Culebra becomes a reality. Blessings!
5 Cats Steel Band
Call Fabian: 787-595-4255
Concert of Mexican Music 11/24/2018
Música Pa’ Culebra invites you to a Mexican music concert, free for the whole community. We want to present different types of music for the enjoyment of all. We will introduce you to two groups that play traditional music and also new music, and classical music performances with new rhythms. In addition, the musicians will give a free workshop to our children of the program.
Don't miss it!
Carribean Night to Benefit
Musica Pa’ Culebra 11/14/2018
Save the Date
The Club Naútico of San Juan will be the host of a musical event whose objective is to raise funds for the Música Pa' Culebra program. This program has been run successfully for 3 and a half years by the Fundación de Culebra. Fundación de Culebra is a community-based organization that has been providing services in the areas of history, culture, nature and community for 24 years. This is the first time, that the music program has presented an activity outside of Culebra.
Música Pa 'Culebra started as a 6-week summer camp in 2015. "We started with drum sticks, 25 paint pails, 2 old keyboards, 3 guitars, 3 teachers, 25 children .... and a lot of hope, "said Luz Rivera-Cantwell, director of the Foundation. "Today we have about 40 young people in the program with adequate instruments and we operate in the summer and during the school semesters. Many have played a part in making this program the success that it is. "
The activity, which will take place outdoors at the Club Naútico of San Juan, will have a Caribbean atmosphere with typical delights. The dress is "Playera Chic" and the music begins at 6:30 pm with the teachers, followed by a presentation by some of Culebra's children, and ends with the "5 Cats Steel Band" that play Calypso. The suggested donation is $50 per person. Cocktails courtesy of Méndez & Compañia.
The money raised will increase the teaching hours and allow for the expansion of a two level program for beginning and intermediate students. "The program has been running for three and a half years and we need to support musicians that have advanced to an intermediate skill level." said Joey Sala, co-founder of the program, a Culebra part-time resident and music lover. He adds that "Many good things are coming from here for the present and future of Culebra."
SUMMARY: Benefit for Música Pa’ Culebra
Wednesday, November 14
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Club Naútico of San Juan, Marina Hall
Suggested donation $ 50.00 pp
CONTACT: Luz Rivera 787-617-8517
Joey Sala 787-505-2780
Concierto de Mayo 5/20/18
Successful Fundraiser For a
Full-time Music Teacher! 2/25/18
We would especially like to thank Terry Bischoff and Dennis Rivera for lending us their beautiful residence for the activity. We'd like to thank everybody who came, as well as those far away who sent donations. We would like to thank Carlos Rodríguez of Vieques Air Links for providing transportation for our musical guest Roberto Figueroa. We would also like to thank all parents and collaborators who helped to put all the pieces together to make it happen.
We would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Musica Pa' Culebra February Fundraiser a success. We had a crowd of around 100 people made up of full and part-time residents, friends, visitors, students, musicians, family and Culebra supporters who brought a remarkable feeling of celebration to the event. The food was prepared by parents and friends of the project and was delicious. The musician Roberto Figueroa, from Oh Brasil, delighted us with his music. To add to the delight, the kids had the chance to wow us with their skill and excitement by performing 4 songs from their current repertoire. For many at the event, it was a first glimpse at the positive effect that Musica Pa' Culebra is having on the youth of this island. It was a super festive event.
The end result is that we managed to raise enough funds to get closer to our goals of having a full-time teacher for the program, providing year-round music education for the children, helping organize groups and creating musical opportunities for our community.
Thanks to everyone, onward and upward!
Music is a building Block.
Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. One of the more interesting aspects of music is that it has benefits that are almost too many to list. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning, memory and coordination. Music teaches collaboration, self-reliance, self-confidence, creativity and discipline. Music engages people and creates positive opportunities for community interaction. Music events get people excited. The skills learned playing music are a building block for life.
With its spectacular island surroundings and its mix of local culture and visitors from around the world, Culebra is an excellent place to create opportunities for music to flourish.
Musica Pa' Culebra
Everything changed during the summer of 2016. Thanks to the Fundacion De Culebra and support from Joey Sala and a small group of Culebra lovers, Musica Pa Culebra was born. The municipality of Culebra provided some classrooms located at the old public school. After a lot of hard work, the classrooms were conditioned and some instruments were donated. We recruited 3 teachers (senior students from the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico) and organized a 6 week summer camp. There were 38 Culebren children from the Escuela Ecologica and Abbie's School who participated. It was a huge success! On the closing night, the children performed a presentation of 18 musical pieces. More than 150 people from the community attended. The kids were proud of their accomplishments and now they want more music!
Where do we go from here?
We are currently in the process of putting together the pieces to make Musica Pa Culebra an on-going part of life in Culebra.
We're working toward securing long term access to the rooms we use in the old school and planning renovations.
We're building a program that runs through the school year and the summer.
We're hiring teachers, acquiring instruments, and developing curriculum and public events.
We're building support to make Musica Pa Culebra on-going and self-sustaining.
We invite you to get involved.
We couldn't do this without help of all kinds. We need help fixing rooms, painting, wiring, plumbing, running events, teaching, supervising the facility, fixing instruments, spreading the word and raising money. Every day more pieces fall into place as Musica Pa Culebra takes shape. We invite you to get involved. If you would like to have us keep you informed about all that is happening, please join our email list and don't hesitate to call or shoot us an email if you have ideas. And of course, donations are always welcome; please visit our donation page.
Thank you for your support!
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