Screen_shot_2011-07-20_at_6.18.54_PMWith school out for the long summer holiday a number of children are participating in various summer camps organized by a number of organizations. While some children as you saw yesterday are taking part in a Literacy and Mathematics program others as we found out today are using their free time to learn more about music. The Musical Summer Program is taking place at the Banquitas House of Culture where we met the future musicians of Belize.

Carmelita Perez- Reporting

Learning the basics of how to play the keyboard and guitar is the most important part of a musical lesson. Only a few days into the Musical Summer Program, these bright young minds have already grasped that part of the program.

Albert Tillett - Music Instructor

“That’s how it starts, it has to start at the basic the easiest way to learn and the formation and the name of the cords that’s the way you teach anybody who wants to become a good musician. You have to teach them from the basic and then they go to other tunes; some of them want to learn to play a song as they come in and they can’t even hold the first part, so I told them that that can’t work they have to learn the basic, the name and the formation of the cord. None of them can set their guitar yet but they still want to play music still, so that takes time and right now I do that for them and I train their ears to the sound so that they can learn to tune their own instrument.”

But is learning to play the guitar and keyboard as easy as it looks? For these boys and girls who have a passion for music it actually is.

Carmelita Perez-Reporting

“What made you decide to come to the summer program right here at Banquitas?”

Zamir Torres- Participant

“I love music and it is so great.”

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“You like playing the guitar?”

Zamir Torres- Participant

“Yes.”

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“Is it one of your favourite instruments?’

Zamir Torres- Participant

“Yes.”

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“Is it really hard to learn the cords?’

Zamir Torres- Participant

“Sometimes.”

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“So that’s all what you have learnt so far?’

Zamir Torres- Participant

“No, I’ve learnt a little bit more.”

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“So do you know to play a little bit of a song?”

Zamir Torres- Participant

“No, not as yet.”

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“But you will be able by the end of this summer?”

Zamir Torres- Participant

“Yes”

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“Why did you decide to come to this summer program?’

Abigail Torres- Participant

“I love music and I have always wanted to play in front of a big crowd.”

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“Really”

Abigail Torres- Participant

“Yes”

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“Do you want to be singer?”

Abigail Torres- Participant

“Yes”

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“An Artist?”

Abigail Torres- Participant

“I want to become a musician.”

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Is the keyboard one of your favourite instrument?”

Abigail Torres- Participant

“I wanted to take guitar but my parents told me that once you take keyboarding it is kind of easier to play guitar.”

Carmelita Perez- Reporter

“Now, how has it been so far with keyboard?”

Abigail Torres- Participant 

“Easy”

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“What all songs you know to play on it?’

Abigail Torres- Participant

“One and it is here comes the bride.”

And according to their instructor Albert Tillet the hidden talents of these future musicians was discovered, thanks to musical program.

Albert Tillett- Music Instructor

“Not everybody wants to be a lawyer, wants to be a doctor but some want to be musicians and don’t have no way of getting help from anybody else so this program selects the people that wants to be a musician that they have hidden, because I have a young lady that came one week and she can hold over twenty cords, a young man came just yesterday and he could hold twelve cords and he told me he didn’t know nothing about guitar. The first thing I asked them when they got here is what do you know about guitar? Show me I don’t know anything and in two three days they are holding four, five cords that means that they are musical inclined.”

By the time the musical classes conclude on August 4th, the participants should be able to play a number of songs on the keyboard and guitar.

Presently the BHOC is also offering Ballet classes from 9:00 to 11:00 in the morning.

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