In partnership with the Chapman and Innovation Grant through the UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning, The BC Newcomer Camp‘s “Newcomers to Notes” is an in-person and volunteer-run afterschool program that will teach children piano for free. Led by students from UBC, this program will focus on teaching musical literacy and skills children will need as they begin their new lives in Canada.
“It’s very inspiring to watch children make and enjoy music together. Musical activities have been shown to help refugee children form friendships with others, express themselves, and can bring comfort in a new environment,” stated Tiffany Santos, one of the Music Program Instructors and Connor Keane, co-creator of Newcomers to Notes.
“Language and socioeconomic barriers are common for refugee children to experience while they adapt to a new life in Canada, these obstacles tend to disrupt their education, leaving little time to develop extracurricular interests such as music,” added Bachviet Nguyen, another Music Program Instructor and co-creator. “This has long-term ramifications: poorer academic performance, exclusion from the social benefits of music, and weaker access to future socioeconomic pursuits. Our goal is to provide music literacy lessons to promote equitable outcomes and educational success for these children in their new home country.”
Note: All social distancing protocols will be in place for this program and will be strictly followed by staff and participants.
All participants must be:
No background in music is required!
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For more information, please contact BC Newcomer Camp at [email protected]