Hi and welcome to my little fundraiser! My name is Andrea Borghini and I am a professor of philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. I am running the Boston Marathon on April 17, 2017 to support the incredible work that some peer educators are doing with children in my hometown of Viareggio, Italy.
Viareggio's school system confronts its most difficult phase since the end of World War II, following the town’s financial default in 2014. Because of my commitment to education, I choose to support projects that address this situation and that offer social support (music therapy) or cover underfunded opportunities (music education). In particular, I am seeking to fund two projects under the title Music Under Four Feet described below that employ music to foster children's education. The first is organized in partnership with the association for social and cultural promotion “La Playa
” and it is directed by Dr. Daniele Benedetti and Dr. Emma Guardi; this project supports music therapy classes for 40-50 fifth grade students from a school witnessing higher social disparities. The second is orchestrated by two talented musicians, Andrea Garibaldi (pianist) and Alberto Meli (composer and guitar), and provides ten weeks of free music lessons (piano and guitar) to middle school children who cannot afford musical education otherwise.
Alberto, Andrea, Daniele, and Emma are among the many talented young professionals in Italy who accepted a low salary to pursue their passions in music or therapy within their community. I have discussed the projects with them in detail and back their realization.
To support both projects we need 3240 euros, approximately 3500 USD. If we would raise more, we could educate even more students. Any amount is greatly appreciated and most welcome. The money will go directly to the projects and we will send email updates to donors throughout the process.
Thank you for reading and ... see you on April 17?
p.s.: If you are curious to know more about my running, here go some details. This will be my fourth marathon, the first one in Boston and the second in the U.S. I qualified with a time just above 3h 4min at the Sugarloaf Marathon in May 2016. I did not grow up as a runner and always loved practicing other sports, especially surfing. Fun fact: I'll be turning 40 just a few days after the marathon!
MUSIC UNDER FOUR FEET
Project 1: Daniele Benetti and Emma Guardi
The association for social and cultural promotion “La Playa” offers to the elementary schools within the territory of Viareggio a music and theatre therapy laboratory. The project rests on the premise that a school is both a site of learning and a space for educating social behavior. As such, a school should aim not simply to foster cognitive development, but also the socio-affective and relational aspects of personality. Music, and more generally sound, can facilitate building new avenues of communication among students; music and theatre techniques also foster body awareness and the expression of emotions. However, the school system is currently not well equipped to offer music and theatre therapy educational paths and does not have the necessary financial resources to support them.
The project consists of recurring (typically weekly) meetings with two classes (each of 20-30 students), which aim to work on group dynamics and foster mutual respect by means of musical, body and relaxation games. Activities will be filmed and edited into a short documentary to be presented during a final meeting in the presence of the parents.
16 meetings (8 per class), each of 1 hour and 30 minutes; plus a concluding meeting with both classes, which would involve parents. Meetings will take place at the school.
• Develop cooperation among equals and prosocial behaviors;
• Favor recognition and expression of emotions;
• Foster children's capacity of listening to 'the other.'
• Develop imaginative capacities;
• Exercise problem solving abilities;
• Increase sensitivity to rhythm, melody, and harmony;
• Train communication by means of body and voice;
• Favor the development of psychomotor abilities;
• Train the creation of relationships among peers.
Cooperative learning, creative listening, social theatre, role playing, and brainstorming.
• 24 hours of laboratory, plus final event.
• 60 euros per hour = 1440 euros
• Costs of administration, planning, and video making will all be covered by the association "La Playa" or volunteered. MUSIC UNDER FOUR FEET
Project 2: Andrea Garibaldi and Alberto Meli
This project is for students who share a passion for music but cannot afford music classes. It will offer ten weeks of piano and guitar classes, provided by two experienced musicians and teachers.
For students who are not equipped with a personal instrument, the project will try to supply one. Arrangements with musical instruments shop have been made to secure second-hand instruments, which will be bought with money from the project and then loaned to students with a small deposit. Students will have the possibility of buying the instrument at the end of the course for a modest fee.
The project has two phases. During the first phase, students will be individually educated and will receive 5 classes of 1 hour each. Each class is divided into 40 minutes of instrument (piano or guitar) and 20 minutes listening and discussion of a musical piece (students will be presented with different genres).
During the second phase, students will combine individual classes with group classes that involve 2-3 students. For example, a class with 2 students will be thus structured:
- Student 1: 30 minutes of individual class;
- Students 1+2: 30 minutes;
- Student 2: 30 minutes of individual class.
• To provide an educational opportunity for students who cannot afford to attend a music school;
• To stimulate alternative forms of social interaction, which employ music as an instrument of alternative entertainment;
• Individual classes: to provide basic technical education and basic tools to analyze and reproduce a musical piece;
• Group classes: negotiation and sharing of ideas and communication of emotions via music.
At the end of the class period, each student group will perform a selection of pieces to an audience of parents, relatives, and friends.
• 10 hours of individual and group classes per student, plus final event; aiming at funding classes for 6 students.
• 25 euros per hour X 10 hours = 250 euros per student X 6 students = 1500 euros.
• 6 instruments X 50 euros each = 300 euros.
• Total: 1500 euros (lessons) + 300 euros (instruments) = 1800 euros
Andrea is a pianist born in Camaiore (LU) in 1983. After graduating from ITIS in Viareggio, a high school specializing in the study of science and technology, he went on to study Italian Literature at the University of Pisa, where he graduated with a dissertation on the writer Vasco Pratolini. Andrea began to play piano at 7, but soon after left the study of classical piano to devote himself to pop and Italian melodic music. Since 1996, Andrea taught himself how to play a different array of instruments: drums, saxophone, guitar, and voice. He also began to study jazz under the guidance of Riccardo Arrighini. For a number of years, Andrea took seminars with Barry Harris and Enrico Pieranunzi.
To date, Andrea has collaborated with numerous jazz musicians, including: Massimo Manzi, Riccardo Fioravanti, Fabrizio Bosso, Achille Succi, Nico Gori, Marco Panascìa, Dimitri Grechi Espinoza, Andrea Melani, Andrea Fascetti, Vittorio Alinari, Nino Pellegrini, Luciano Federighi, and Michela Lombardi. Andrea leads a jazz trio – the Andrea Garibaldi Trio – with Fabio di Tanno and Vladimiro Carboni; the trio has published two EPs and the album “Passaggio al bosco” (“A passage to the woods”), Emme Record Label. Alberto Meli
Alberto was born in 1981 in Viareggio (Italy). At 18, he began studying composition (private lessons) with the composer Antonio Agostini. At the same time, he also attended a jazz school in Siena, where he studied guitar and ensemble music, and followed a masterclass with the American guitarist Joe Diorio. In 2006, he enrolled at the conservatory "Luigi Cherubini" in Florence and, in October 2016, after completing a nine year curriculum, graduated in Composition. His main advisors were Rosario Mirigliano and Claudio Josè Boncompagni. While studying in Florence, he collaborated with Tempo Reale (Florence), a musical center of research, production, and education created by composer Luciano Berio. He participated in the composition masterclass headed by Marco Stroppa (Bari, 2006), Ivan Fedele (Florence, 2008), and Stefano Gervasoni (Florence, 2014). His compositions have been performed at The Liszt Academy (Budapest), Palazzo Vecchio, and Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (Florence). Moreover, he has written several music scores for theatre and the music for the movie “Sepolti vivi - Memorie dalla miniera,” the excerpt from the drama written by “Compagnia degli evasi.”