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Daraja Music Initiative

Ching-Yi currently serves as a board member and faculty of the Daraja Music Initiative (DMI). Each summer the DMI provides Tanzanian students with a unique interdisciplinary educational program that fuses music and conservation. In the summer of 2016, Ching-Yi initiated a beginning strings program for students of the Majengo Primary School. Over 60 string instruments were donated from across the United States for this endeavor. The program offers college music majors an international opportunity to teach, inspire, and make an impact in a global classroom setting.

MISSION: The heart of the Daraja Music Initiative is to utilize music education for positive social change, engaging students and local communities with the power of music, teaching students to play instruments and empower them by providing a healthy, creative outlet that improves problem-solving skills and facilitates self-sufficiency. DMI provides an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability through music education, helping Tanzanians to better understand their environment and the issues that plague it. The Daraja Music Initiative fosters creative community collaborations with local organizations and provides non- traditional performance opportunities to build diverse audiences, emphasizing that music is for everyone regardless of socioeconomic status. — Katie Palmer, Executive Director of DMI

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It's been a life changing summer for some music professors who took their talent all the way to Africa. Amy Bingham has more on the adventure in this week's View from the Hill.
 Click to Read about Anna’s trip to Moshi, Tanzania on page 14.

Click to Read about Anna’s trip to Moshi, Tanzania on page 14.

 Read about our trip on page 12

Read about our trip on page 12

 DMI Music Curriculum for Beginner Violin Students, designed by Ching-Yi.

DMI Music Curriculum for Beginner Violin Students, designed by Ching-Yi.