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Mirpur Music Program

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Since January 2015, the Playing For Change Foundation has been working in the slums of Mirpur District of Dhaka, Bangladesh, to provide music education to underprivileged children. In this district, 32% of residents live below the national poverty line of $2 per day and child malnutrition rates are 48%. Illiteracy rates are among the highest in the world. 


Free and adapted music classes and music performances are being integrated into the curriculum of three existing education centers which are locally run by our program partner SpaandanB. The organization sprouted from the vision of a handful of expatriate Bangladeshi in 1998, and it is dedicated to better the lives of the less advantaged people in Bangladesh. SpaandanB initiates and implements projects in the areas of education, health care, and promotion of sustained subsistence. Approximately 500 children aged 5 to 12 years old are being served by this program. 


Two teachers provide nearly 100 hours of music instruction per month. Children are being taught musicalization, rhythm exercises, and traditional songs. They also will have opportunity to perform in their community and participate in workshops conducted by visiting musicians. In addition to music instruction, interdisciplinary work will be introduced using music to help students improve vocabulary, reading and pronunciation.



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News

Oct 27, 2015

Tuhin Asad

Meet our teacher Tuhin at the PFCF music program in Dhaka, Bangladesh​. Together with his teaching partner, Rakib, the program is providing more than 100 hours of music instruction each month to 500 children aged 5 to 12 years. For many students, the program will be their first opportunity to learn about rhythm, sing and clap, and experience the joy of music. more

Life in the Community

Mirpur contains many slums and poor areas, but is also where the Grameen Bank (Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammad Yunu's microfinance organization) has its headquarters.

What We're Learning

  • Introduction to Music, rhythm and melody

    Elementary music classes destined to kids between 5 and 12 years old provide an initiation to music for young kids in order to prepare them to be able to sing and practice a musical instrument.

Tuhin Asad
Music teacher - Program administrator

Tuhin is a singer and guitar player from Mirpur, Dakah, Bangladesh. He has been our main... more

Rakib Chowdhury
Keyboard teacher

Rakib is a keyboard player who assists our main teacher Tuhin Asad and provides elementary... more