The Redes 2025 music program was created by the Fundación de Artes Musicales, in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Since 2016 the Playing For Change Foundation has partnered with the FAM in order to support its Redes 2025 program, that operates 100% community orchestras and choirs in 20 neighborhoods in the Cities of Tijuana and Ensenada.
The “Fundación de Artes Musicales” (FAM) aims to support the teaching, promotion and dissemination of music in Baja California with the purpose of contributing to the cultural development of the region and the strengthening of its communities. FAM realizes its purpose through the Centro de Artes Musicales (CAM), the University of the Arts (UAMUS), the Orquesta de Baja California (OBC) and the community program Redes 2025. The main objective of the Redes 2025 program is to work on crime prevention through the power of music and help transmit universal values of tolerance, respect, identity, and responsibility.
The program receives girls and boys between 7 and 17 years of age who attend regular sessions of musical teaching based on collective work, responsibility and solidarity, while reinforcing the social values of the participants and their families, who actively collaborate throughout the process. Its extensive scholarship program allows the incorporation of children with limited resources who show musical abilities and are committed to participating in a life experience for themselves, their families and communities. Redes 2025 programming focuses primarily on developing youth choirs and orchestras, with some ensembles even participating in national and international festivals.
The Playing For Change Foundation provides financial support to this program in addition to helping the Redes team identify new partners and implement educational initiatives. PFCF has recently incorporated Redes 2025 teachers and students into an exciting collaborative songwriting project that involves other PFCF programs in Africa and Asia, as well as Los Angeles based Inner City Arts.
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY
Although the program operates in the most violent and vulnerable neighborhoods of the State of Baja California, music is employed as a form to positively impact the living conditions of the students, their families, and their communities-at-large.
Three of the main issues that affect our social fabric and that we approach through the program are violence, immigration and children's rights to education.
TEAM ON THE GROUND
- Initiation courses
Our initiation courses for children are fun and entertaining. This program is design to engage with the child and develop their musical abilities through simple yet very functional activities.
- Instrument Classes
Through an extensive network of children and youth orchestras. The classes are thought to boys and girls between the ages of seven and seventeen, who receive group classes and attend rehearsals for four hours, four times a weekly...
- Choir Classes
This program begins by introducing elements of music education. The method of singing which we implement, focuses on the idea that when we sing we sing with our bodies, souls and minds, which helps the child to better understand their bodies, find and express their voices.
- Body Movement
Our program teaches that movement can communicate messages and represent actions. These activities help the children and youth to express effectively emotions during their practices and performances.
Teamwork is an important element in our teaching. Harmony provides abilities to listen and tune with others, highlighting the importance of working with the rest of your ensemble, orchestra or choir to sound and perform better.
- Sight Reading
It is important for every musician to develop and practice sight-reading and ear training skills. Our program introduces them to the daily practice of these skills and strengthens this basic knowledge need for every musician.