What We Do
Through a guided curriculum and group activities, children have the opportunity to learn, express themselves and grow as a person through music. This curriculum places a specific focus on literacy and numeracy, teaching children basics in English and Maths through music to support their formal classroom learning, and to instill knowledge among the children who are not at school.
Pratham has seen a radical difference in children’s performance at school through participation in the Mewsic formal music programs – through higher concentration, confidence and alertness in the classroom. Additionally there are documented case studies and evidence of reduced truancy, juvenile delinquency and enhanced behavior.
Finally, for those children who are not currently attending school, these centers act as a bridge between getting kids out of work (such as in factories, stone cutting and rag picking) and into school.
Rural Mewsic Camps
Working in collaboration with the Jaipur Virasat Foundation, the Rural Mewsic Camps in Rajasthan will see talented folk musicians across Rajasthan engaged and earning a livelihood, by tutoring up to 30 gifted children in music on a monthly, intensive camp basis over a 12month period.
This program will not only enable children to reap the benefits of music, but will ensure rare music forms are passed on to new generations, and that musicians can earn a livelihood from their art-form in their local area. Children will have the opportunity to grow through music and performance, enhance their education and learn a new skill that they can potentially earn a livelihood from in the future.
This program will foster excellence in the learning and preservation of Rajasthan folk music and 10 students will have the opportunity to become Mewsic Ambassadors, and achieve visibility on an internationally platform by attending a seven day music exchange in Australia, where they will showcase their skills to elite schools, audiences and on various media platforms.
The Mewsic Bus
The Mewsic Bus program will fulfill Brett’s vision ‘that every child in India experiences, and benefits from the joy and power of music,’ and will cater to children and youth who dwell on the very fringes of society.
The Mewsic Bus is a tailor-made vehicle, furnished and equipped as a mobile Mewsic Center - delivering non-formal education to children on the streets of Indian cities, with a focus on literacy and numeracy.
Fully fit out and equipped with musical instruments, recording equipment, educational curriculum, games and a full time music tutor/ facilitator, the bus is a roaming centre that takes the necessary musical skills, resources and activities to help educate children in need through music.
The Mewsic Bus project will work with children in slums, on streets and in vulnerable communities where facilities are not available for running music programs. The program will engage children through music and expose them to preliminary education – acting as a bridge between the streets and school.