Our purpose in Jamaica is to develop and equip musically literate musicians and instrumentalists who can serve in their schools, churches and communities.
Our work is focused in rural areas of the island where the need is greatest.
Equip to Serve is meeting a very practical need.
Jamaica is known throughout the world for its easily recognizable music, but few musicians can read music. In a country where the average wage is $60.00 US, music lessons and owning a musical instrument is beyond the reach of most, and in rural areas music instruction is not available. Public schools are unable to provide adequate staffing, curriculum, classroom space, and instruments due to limited resources. Many churches cannot afford music instruments/equipment for their worship services. Young and old — choir directors, choristers, instrumentalists, etc. — want to read music and develop instrumental playing skills, but who will teach them and provide needed resources?
ETS works with Jamaican schools & churches to support by providing practical help to develop skilled & knowledgeable musicians.
Here at Maggotty, we have a lot of talent in terms of musicians, but we don’t have the resources to harness these skills. The Music Camp here is gearing these students to realize their own potential, so I’m glad to have you guys here. (2015)
The Church Choir Workshop was very good. As a matter of fact one of our older participant and two youth members have joined our choir. The resources that you had given to us were very helpful. I liked all the songs and even now I find myself just singing them. We are all looking forward to this kind of continued workshop.
Board of Directors
– Bob Furtney
– Jennifer Green
– Karen Walls
– Michael Wiseman
– Rob McKay