La Scuola Popolare di Musica (SPM) is a project for social and cultural integration carried out by Associazione Baretti.
Since we are children, we can develop an artistic view and grow a creative an emotional intelligence. To do so, we use music. We would like to pay attention to teach how to play in a orchestra. We would like to educate children, the ones come from the weakest and poorest part of the society, to find their talents and to share special moments with the community. The music go inside people and give birth to hope and the best human feelings. The music becomes a source for developing the dimensions of the human being, thus elevating the spirit and leading man to a full development of his personality.
This is the reason we believe in the value of growing in a orchestra.
The positive effects are multiple: the children play, the family support, the community and the places, where all this happen, become better than before.
The project SPM is inspired by El Sistema, a program of public musical education created 40 years ago by Josè Antonio Abreu, which turned into a social rescue and deep cultural transformation for the whole Venezuelan society with absolutely no distinctions whatsoever.
Consistently, the SPM's teachers come from different regions of the world, teaching music with a flexible and non-orthodox style, while the children's families participate with an economical free contribution linked to their financial capacities: some give money, some give time, some give technical and manual help. The SPM doesn't receive public subsidies from the Italian Government.
The effect of the Scuola Popolare di Musica's project is felt in three fundamental circles: in the personal/social circle, in the family circle and in the community.
1 – Personal circle
In the personal/social circle, the children in the orchestras and choirs develop their intellectual and emotional side. The music becomes a source for developing the dimensions of the human being, thus elevating the spirit and leading man to a full development of his personality. So, the emotional and intellectual profits are huge -- the acquisition of leadership, teaching and training principles, the sense of commitment, responsibility, generosity and dedication to others, and the individual contribution to achieve great collective goals. All this leads to the development of self-esteem and confidence.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say: "the most miserable and tragic thing about poverty is not the lack of bread or roof, but the feeling of being no-one" -- the feeling of not being anyone, the lack of identification, the lack of public esteem. That's why the child's development in the orchestra and the choir provides him with a noble identity and makes him a role model for his family and community.
2 – Family circle
Within the family, the parents' support is unconditional. The child becomes a role model for both his parents, and this is very important for a poor child. Once the child discovers he is important to his family, he begins to seek new ways of improving himself and hopes better for himself and his community. Also, he hopes for social and economic improvements for his own family. All this makes up a constructive and ascending social dynamic.
3 – Community circle
Finally, in the circle of the community, the orchestras prove to be the creative spaces of culture and sources of exchange and new meanings. The children give back what they received through public musical events and concerts. The spontaneity music has excludes it as a luxury item and makes it a patrimony of society. The huge spiritual world that music produces in itself, which also lies within itself, ends up overcoming material poverty. From the minute a child's taught how to play an instrument, he's no longer poor. He becomes a child in progress heading for a professional level, who'll later become a full citizen. Needless to say that music is the number one prevention against prostitution, violence, bad habits, and everything degrading in the life of a child.
The main features of the project are:
Quality: local artists and teachers from the Conservatorio of Turin and teachers from the rest of the world, sensible to the social issue, teach in these courses.
Cost: the cost will be restrained and almost nothing if necessary. We don't want that the cost can be an hurdle .
Subsidiarity: the success of the project will be depending not from public or private subsidies but also from the working team capacity of the different subjects involved in the project.
about 220 children in the kindergarten, about 150 in primary and secondary school
classical guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion, drums, cello, violin, viola, piano, recorder and sideways, clarinet, trumpet and double bass
Free loan use
strings, woodwinds, piano: 3/4h for week, of which 1/2 of orchestra (based on the level)
SPM sustainability strongly depends by volunteers time and devotion.
Three different working groups have been created to support the overall organization:
Internal (mailing list, blog)
External (FB, media, contacts with other music groups)
Instruments and Equipment warehouse
Saturday Feb 13th, h 18, Casa del Quartiere. The SPM's Vivaldi and Beethoven orchestras will participate to "Note di luce", a series of concerts in various parts of Turin, where IREN is replacing the old public lamps with the new LED lamps.