We are Collaborating for the Development of Youths in the Township
Neuroscientists are discovering multiple ways that musical training improves the function and connectivity of different brain regions. Musical training increases brain volume and strengthens communication between brain areas. Playing an instrument changes how the brain interprets and integrates a wide range of sensory information, especially for those who start before age 7. These findings were presented at the Neuroscience 2013 conference in San Diego.
The COFONA Band Corps has been receiving music practical training from Mr. Lincoln Williams (Polo) since its formation in 2011. During this time, a number of students had received training in theory through sponsorship to attend the Guyana Lutheran Music Academy for a school year. However, this year the Guyana Defense Force Band has offered their support to continue these sessions. The band corps members commenced the 9-month music theory training this past August. Two music instructors from the GDF Band travel to New Amsterdam twice a month to conduct the sessions. The music training will help to ensure the youths are better equipped with skills and ability to read and play music on a variety of instruments. For the training sessions, the band members have been divided into smaller groups of about 15-20 members.The intensive training sessions review skills in reading music in the morning, then training on various instruments in the afternoon. The music theory and practice sessions are conducted at the Youth Choice Center facility near the Regional Democratic Council compound in Vryman’s Erven. The training sessions are conducted on Saturdays and will conclude by May 2017. The Youth Choice Center and COFONA are collaborating in using the facility – under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture – to aid in the development of the youths of the township. The Guyana Defense Force is partnering with COFONA to conduct the training sessions.