Music Lessons & Neuroscience Outreach Trip

$1,280 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 28 people in 3 months
Created September 23, 2018
As most of you know, I've been hoping to attend the Suzuki Festival in Lima, Peru, for the fourth year in a row. While, sadly, I wasn't able to find the funding needed in time for Peru this year, I have an exciting opportunity that is a wee bit closer to home: to give a presentation at the first ever Suzuki Conference of all the Americas, which is being held in Mexico in May. My presentation is titled: Suzuki Therapy: How music lessons can help cure our modern-day anxieties, distractions, and other first-world maladies.

In today’s age of social media and cell phone addiction, when community is shaped by your Facebook feed, and a time when kids and adults alike are experiencing an inability to be alone brought about by technology, how could you expect someone to tolerate starting from scratch every day? To tolerate spending time alone every day? To feel proud having devoted an entire hour to a passage of music when there are texts to answer, instagrams to post, and your teachers and bosses expect to be able to reach you at all times?

So many chronic mental health issues in today’s society can be addressed in music lessons. We all know that music study improves self-esteem, it teaches overcoming obstacles and setting goals, and it brings respect and a loosening of ego into daily life. My presentation to the parents and teachers at this conference will be on how you can focus that power to make a more lasting impact.

I have already raised some of the money, based on the generous donations of my friends and family. What I didn't use for Peru will be going to the necessities for this trip: conference registration, plane ticket, hotel and transportation (courses are included in the registration fee!).

The festival is in May. Just $50 from 20 people will cover the plane ticket and hotel. I hope to reach this goal by March. Thank you so much for your support!



** Any funds acquired above my necessary personal funds will be donated to the annual Festival Suzuki de Peru for funding future festivals and projects (including such projects as supporting teachers in rural Peru via Skype, providing instruments to underserved communities, and funding the education of the newly accessible Cuban teachers at such festivals).
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$1,280 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 28 people in 3 months
Created September 23, 2018
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