I mentioned in a previous post, that I would write more about Escuela Municipal De Bellas Artes De David. This is a wonderful project created by the Mayor of David.
I had noticed this building before, but on yesterday’s drive around, I decided I would go in and learn more about its purpose. As the front of the building says, this is the municipal school of fine arts in David.
I think it has been open for less than a year.
When I walked in, the main area was being set up for a meeting and microphones were being tested.
I went to the reception desk, introduced myself and gave the receptionist my card. I told her I had noticed the new building and would like to learn more for a possible post on Chiriquí Chatter.
She took me to visit with the person in charge and I want to tell you about this fantastic city project.
There are currently 85 to 95 students, between the ages of 4 and 14, that are being taught the musical arts. This includes typical Panamanian dance, and musical instruments. Classes are based on a trimester timeframe. Students progress based on their ability.
There are two music professors that are providing the musical instrument training. One provides training in the stringed instruments, violin, cello, etc. The second teaches piano, brass and woodwind instruments.
All of this training is FREE. The requirement is an honest desire to learn and an instrument. There are some modest charges for materials, which amount to approximately $10 a trimester.
The receptionist was kind enough to give me a short tour of the facility.
This is a photo from the front of the main area facing the entrance.
This is a photo of an organ that was donated by one of the churches.
This photo is a classroom for dance. You will notice the nice hardwood flooring.
This on one of the music classrooms.
This is a second classroom with a student receiving instruction. I asked if I could take a photo and the professor said she would have to ask the parent’s permission and they would arrive shortly. I gave her a card and asked her to send me an email if they preferred the student’s photo to not be displayed. Since I didn’t received an email or phone call I will assume there was no objection.
I talked to the student and asked how she liked music. She said she liked it very much. You can tell by her smile, that she enjoyed being here.
She was practicing writing music Clefs and her work was very neatly done.
The professor had a video on her cell phone of an orchestra made up of David students. Concerts are given occasionally in the main area of the building. I was impressed with the orchestra, which was playing the theme from the Pink Panther.
I am happy I stopped in. This is an exceptional program and David is privileged to have it. All of David should be proud of it.
I will mention one more thing, When I had asked the professor about the students needing to have their own instruments, she said that they had very few instruments for those without.
I know that there are many coming to Panama to retire or visit that probably have instruments that they no longer use. You might consider a donation to this school. I know it would be appreciated by the school and especially the student that would benefit.
HERE is a google map for the school’s location.