The Playing For Change Foundation supports music education programs for children in areas that are rich in cultural traditions but limited in economic resources. Programs are free to children and provide instruction in vocals, dance, instruments, and musical theory. For many, it is the first and only opportunity they would have to learn music, for some, it is their first opportunity to attend school of any kind.
Students in PFCF programs report increased confidence, better learning in core subjects like math and reading, and a belief in a positive future. Music education is particularly powerful for children with different learning styles. Music creates connections that bridge class, gender and cultural divides, instills vital knowledge, and fosters joy and resilience.
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Each week more than 1000 young people attend free classes in dance, instrument instruction, languages and musical theory, all taught by qualified, local teachers. The foundation also works with partners to help meet basic needs in our communities, which are home to some of the world’s most economically vulnerable children. This work includes providing primary education, humanitarian aid such as clean water, solar power, food, medicine, clothes, books and school supplies, and tools and training to support micro-enterprise. To date, the lives of more than 16,000 children and community members have been improved through music education and development efforts of the Playing For Change Foundation and educational performances through Playing for Change.