2018 – TBA
Details coming soon!
Maggotty Music Classroom Building Project
The Jamaica Observer in a column dated Tuesday, March 05, 2013 states: “…the schools lack basic resources such as musical instruments and other materials. Secondly, there is no proper music room. Thirdly, there are negative attitudes and perceptions of many co-workers and even administration on the importance of music in schools, and lastly, most of the teaching styles acquired cannot be utilized because students have no formal exposure to music.”
Maggotty High School (2000 students) is located in a rural mountain area where there is a high rate of unemployment and opportunities are few.
Ramon Dennis, the music teacher, has no classroom or music instruments with which to teach. Why? Limited resources.
Music classes are restricted to two grades (ages 12 & 13) , giving high school students, ages 14+, no opportunity to study music. Why? Limited resources.
Music Day Camps (April 2014 & 2015) witnessed first-hand students’ enthusiastic interest to develop music literacy and learn instrumental skills.
The need for practical support and resources was evident after teaching at the school and discussions with its administration.
Keith Dewey of Zigloo Inc. (Vancouver BC) has donated his create skills to create a beautiful design that uses two 40’ steel shipping containers, converting them into a structure that provides instrument practice cubicles and an amphitheatre to serve as both classroom and performance stage.
Trades teachers and students will do all the construction work on the project; trades students will receive apprenticeship hours towards their trades certifications for their work and time spent on constructing the classroom.