The Art of Music partnered with The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall to bring the much loved and exciting programme Link-Up to Kenya. Link Up is highly participatory program, in which they learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and perform with a professional orchestra from their seats at a culminating concert
The curriculum introduces basic music principles, introduces the concept of the orchestra and how music can move. Each school is given 50 recorders, a piano and a teacher and assistant visit the school every week to learn the orchestra moves curriculum. The first year of the project was a great success and the over 300 students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed it. The culmination of the 1 years teaching was a convert in conjunction with the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya (KNYO).
LINK UP 2016 – Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-px7zQ2QGZM&t=19s
LINK UP – ORCHESTRA MOVES CONCERT 2016 – Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QznOsj5L0M
From 2016 in partnership with Safaricom, we have been teaching the curriculum to approximately forty 10 – 12 year olds from the following primary schools:
St John’s Catholic Church – Korogocho
St Claire Primary School – Korogocho
Claire Community Centre – Dandora Phase V
Ruben Centre – Mukuru Kwa Ruben
Farasi Lane Primary School – Lower Kabete
Muthangari Primary School – Muthangari
In January 2017 the Link Up programme was expanded to 10 more schools across Kenya:
Khadija Primary School (Mombasa);
Ronald Ngala Primary School (Mombasa);
Mikindani Primary School (Mombasa)
Mikoni Primary School (Mombasa)
Kongo Primary School (Kiambu)
Many of the students who have participated in the Link Up program have gone on to excel in musically, taking up other instruments and we hope that they will ultimately become transformers in their communities and role-models for younger generations.
The next Link Up concerts will take place in October 2018 in Nairobi and Mombasa.