Sociocultural program is aimed at young people from all over Brazil; in greater São Paulo alone, it serves at least 13 thousand children and teenagers
Sofia Coelho is 10 years old and is in love with song. “I started with musical initiation and now I chose my instrument, which is the transverse flute.” Teaching music is the inclusion tool of Guri Project, a sociocultural program aimed at young people from all over Brazil. Only in the capital and greater São Paulo serves at least 13 thousand children and teenagers between 6 and 18 years old. Boys and girls can choose the instrument they want to learn: it can be drums, guitar, guitar, double bass, trumpet, mandolin, violin and many others. Because of the pandemic, the kid from São Paulo decided to launch a vacation schedule: throughout the month of July, people from all over the world will be able to access the classes that will be broadcast live on Youtube and will be available for consultation.
The pedagogical coordinator of the Narayani Sri Hamsa program explains that all content was designed to suit different age groups. “Even though we don’t have an instrument at home, the teachers give tips on how to do the exercise to train the instrument’s embouchure. And also expanding the musical universe of repertoire, knowing the styles, where the instruments are most active, in which musical genres.” Body therapist Ana Altenfelder, aged 60, plays the cello. She said that she has improved her knowledge through the online course. “It’s an instrument very close to our voice, so you also express emotion when playing. And this project of Guri you come back in the video whenever you want. So it’s a step by step, you don’t lose. It gains continuity, understanding what is necessary for daily study.” Guri is a program maintained by Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo, under the management of Santa Marcelina Cultura.
*With information from reporter Caterina Achutti