The loose, no rules, improv, learn by ear band…a sister project of the Carnival Band.
Free for kids from the neighbourhood.
The value of music education has eroded so dramatically that most schools are cutting music from their curriculum. Even the after school music programs are considered too structured. Enter The Greenhorn Community Music Project, started by Brenda Koch, a Carnival Band member and elementary school teacher. She laughs when asked why she started the project saying, “Not everyone fits into the wild, crazy, eclectic, energetic vibe of the Carnival Band who have over 400 songs in their repertoire and always mix up the 10 songs they will play at a show.” Armed with a ‘Dr. Suess style logo designed by local artist, Jeremy Glen, the Greenhorn Community Music Project thinks big and wants to see 100 kids in their workshops learning and growing through music.
How can you help?
- Donate instruments, music stands
- Spread the word! Like us and Share on Facebook
- Come to their first performance Dec 21st 6pm with the Carnival Band at Granville Island Winter Solstice
- Join the fun, contribute your musical talents and expertise.
- Donate funds to support them and keep them going in year 2. Send a cheque payable to Transforming Education to 2511
Ave, Vancouver, BC V5M 1H1
The Greenhorn project provides kids of all ages with musical leadership, mentorship and instruments to play. There is someone at each workshop (aka practice) who will take the time to help newcomers understand and learn. Also the workshops are from 3:30-5pm on Mondays so youngsters can participate. Just like the Carnival Band, the Greenhorn aims to teach people to learn by ear like a professional musician, pay attention to what others are doing and to learn to improvise. When you think about it, these are all life-time skills that help to build confidence and self-esteem – and fit in with the Carnival Band style if they want to join them.
It has taken five years to see the project launch with their first workshop in September, 2015. Through word of mouth, 21 people showed up; and at one workshop, they had 8 newcomers. One person heard of them through Facebook and all kids are from the Grandview Woodland area. The kids range in age from 4 to over 60. They have a roster of 25 or so people and average 12-15 at each workshop.
They have funds to support the project for the school year till June, 2016. They are proud to be the recipient of the East Feast 2015 award, funds from CLICK (contributing to lives of inner city kids), the Vancouver Foundation who provided a $10,000 feasibility grant and a private donor. Most of the funds support the professional fees for Tim Sars, Musical Director. They have two interns, Charlotte (16 years old) and Marlo (17 years old) who started with the Carnival Band when they were pre-teens. They both provide mentorship; Marlo works on marketing, outreach, and fundraising; while Charlotte provides admin support and was responsible for initiating their partnership with the Transforming Education Society, which allows them to issue tax receipts. It is with this partnership and Instruments of Change they broaden their connections with the community and build their network.
The Greenhorn Community Music Program making a difference in our community. Support their project.