Música para la Vida is an organization which was established in 2013 in San Luis Potosí, a medium-sized city in central Mexico, in order to promote social reforms through music. This organization now comprises four orchestras, two wind orchestras and two chorus groups. A total of 76 instructors lead around 1,500 children (as of August 2018).
This organization does not rely solely on government subsidies, but ensures its sustainability by securing private financial sources for its funding.
San Luis Potosí has the largest population of any city in its state. However, it is not a wealthy city, as around 45.5% of its population is below the poverty line (as of 2016). While many children are in a disadvantageous educational environment, Música para la Vida promotes their healthy development by forming a music community that helps to strengthen societal bonds. This organization is making efforts to give back to society by through initiatives to develop culture and education, create jobs, and improve public safety in the region.
Yamaha de México (YDM) began supporting Música para la Vida in 2014. YDM has supported an environment in which children can happily enjoy music through technical support, which includes maintenance workshops and technician training seminars, as well as providing various information related to musical instruments.
When Música para la Vida experienced the theft of its equipment, YDM provided maintenance kits free of cost.
In the future, YDM plans to continue to support the smooth operation of Música para la Vida and its music education activities for youth development, using the know-how and services that YDM has developed over many years.
The children have grown a lot through these band and orchestra activities. As their music playing skills improved, they were able to feel more self-confident, and furthermore, by finding their place in this organization, many felt more assured of their self-worth. By developing communication skills, they were able to improve their interpersonal relationships, and we also saw an increase in their motivation toward their studies at school.
Seeing these changes in the children up close, I was once again made aware how music education can drive societal change.
We hope to further strengthen and develop our music education activities in order to establish an environment in which children can enjoy music as they live comfortably and securely. In doing so, we hope to contribute to society.
Música para la Vida General Director
ROCÍO RODRÍGUEZ ROMO
Up until now, I have wasted a lot of time on an unnecessarily complex method of repairing instruments. However, after attending Yamaha’s repair technique seminar, I have learned how to perform even difficult repairs smoothly and with a high degree of quality by using proper tools and the best methods. I hope to teach everything I have learned from Yamaha to other people so that they too can easily understand how to solve problems with instruments. I hope to utilize this knowledge and information to one day have my own repair workshop in Música para la Vida.
Música para la Vida Wind instrument repair technician
Jesús Zaragoza Trejo