Sound Waves con­tin­ues to shape lives of youth at risk

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Clau­dia Elei­box

By def­i­ni­tion, a sound wave is a pat­tern of dis­tur­bance caused by the move­ment of en­ergy trav­el­ling through a (elas­tic) medium such as air. Per­tain­ing to the pro­gramme spear­headed by the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic (SLSM), Cul­tural Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (CDF) and Na­tional Skills Devel­op­ment Cen­tre (NSDC), I would have to de­scribe Sound Waves as pat­terns of con­struc­tive dis­tur­bance caused by mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion within cit­i­zens who are con­sid­ered youth at risk.

“Sound Waves – Trans­form­ing Youth at Risk through Mu­sic” was of­fi­cially launched in Oc­to­ber 2016 with a man­date to ed­u­cate un­em­ployed, un­der­em­ployed and un­der­priv­i­leged youth in mu­sic and life-skills train­ing. Par­tic­i­pants were cho­sen based on their in­ter­est in mu­sic or will­ing­ness to learn and im­prove through prac­ti­cal and the­ory learn­ing. SLSM and CDF are the ac­tive fa­cil­i­ta­tors of the mu­si­cal train­ing. Par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents were also en­rolled in the cour­ses Life Skills I and II, which fo­cused on ar­eas in­clud­ing work ethics, con­flict res­o­lu­tion, and stress man­age­ment. The project was spon­sored by the Caribbean Devel­op­ment Bank (CDB) Ba­sic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), Saint Lu­cia So­cial Devel­op­ment Fund and the Cana­dian Gov­ern­ment.

An of­fi­cial visit from Mrs. Celia Cae­sar-Cha­vannes, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment and Del­e­gates, Canada, took place on Wed­nes­day July 13, 2017 at the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic. A short, sweet and well-at­tended cer­e­mony was held. Cae­sarCha­vannes was briefed on the over­all de­tails of Sound Waves and was able to ob­serve the progress that the thirty stu­dents had man­aged in the pre­vi­ous seven months. She was ac­com­pa­nied by del­e­gates from the Cana­dian Min­istry of Devel­op­ment as well as the Cana­dian High Com­mis­sion to Bar­ba­dos and the East­ern Caribbean.

The ex­cited stu­dents were ea­ger to dis­play sam­ples of their new learn­ing in mu­si­cal per­for­mance, pro­duc­tion, voice train­ing and other as­pects. Dur­ing her re­marks to the par­tic­i­pants, Cae­sarCha­vannes noted, “I know these stu­dents will ex­ceed any of the ex­pec­ta­tions that any of us at this table (del­e­gates and lo­cal min­is­ters) will ever have. So, I have to ask you to keep that en­ergy alive…”

Also in at­ten­dance was Min­is­ter of Eq­uity, So­cial Jus­tice and Em­pow­er­ment, Hon­ourable Le­nard Montoute. He com­mented that he could feel the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in Sound Waves. He de­clared, “This is not money that was spent, it was money that was in­vested.”

Vic­tor Lau­rencin rep­re­sented the par­tic­i­pants of Sound Waves and de­liv­ered a pro­found vote of thanks on their be­half.

Other par­tic­i­pants also took the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the op­por­tu­nity dur­ing a short dis­cus­sion be­tween fa­cil­i­ta­tors, spon­sor rep­re­sen­ta­tives, par­tic­i­pants and the Min­istry. They un­der­stand the ca­pac­ity of op­por­tu­ni­ties that mu­si­cal knowl­edge and train­ing now pro­vides them and de­scribed their plans to move for­ward and use it wisely.

At­ten­dees of the cer­e­mony were fi­nally treated to two beau­ti­ful mu­si­cal ren­di­tions, one of voice (Omega Alexan­der) and the other on the piano (Sher­win Hip­polyte).

Mrs. Celia Cae­sar-Cha­vannes sam­pling stu­dents’ orig­i­nal mu­si­cal com­pi­la­tions.

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