Liberian Youth Orchestra Project
The Liberian Youth Orchestra Project will bring string music to Liberian children. There are no string music programs in Liberia. We want to change this reality. Julie McGhee will be partnering with Change Agent Network (CAN) to bring hope and a future to underserved children through a music education. The Change Agent Network (CAN) team is extremely excited to be able to offer this opportunity to their students. The LYO project will begin in one school, Alexandra A. Andrews Academy in Gbarnga, Bong County, Central Liberia. There are currently 600 students K-12 in this school. The LYO project will begin with 25-50 students grades 4-9 the first year. Julie McGhee will be teaching on the ground in Liberia as well as live-stream lessons/classes from here in the United States. The goal is to launch this program in September of 2018.
About Julie McGhee
I have been teaching violin and cello for 21 years, I have been (and am currently) serving as String Director at Plymouth Christian Academy for 14 years. My first trip to Liberia was in 2013. I not only fell in love with the children, but also was extremely burdened with their plight. I brought my violin to Liberia in 2016 and had the opportunity to play the Liberian national anthem in front of the Liberian Senate twice. I was also introduced to Change Agent Network and had the wonderful experience of playing my violin at four different schools, and watching children who had never seen or heard a violin, light up as I played.
Partnership In Bringing Hope Through Strings-Based Music Education
- Sponsor a School: Alexandra A. Andrews Academy
The goal is to raise $30,000-$35,000 to get the LYO project up and running. The expenses involved would include: travel/ airfare, set-up costs, extra strings, bows, replacement parts, music, music education curriculum, and living expenses.
- Music and Instrument Recycling (What Is Needed)
1. String instrument recycling – Gently used or new violins and cellos/bows/cases
2. Music curriculum recycling – Gently used Suzuki books, Essential Elements books, Etude books
3. Accessory recycling – Music stands, shoulder rests, Bow Buddies
I have already presented my vision for the Liberian Youth Orchestra to Shar Music, a very large national music store, and they loved it. They will be partnering with me and have already agreed to donate 20 violins and 5 cellos.
There is a shipping container that CAN is currently loading in Louisiana filled with computers, school uniforms, and as many violins, cellos and music supplies as we can gather before it ships in April.
Thank you so much for your donation. We are so very grateful!
NOTE: Unless specifically noted in the checkout process of your donation, all donations will go to the program with the most urgent need. So, please specify the Liberian Youth Orchestra Project as you make your donation. All checks should be made payable to Change Agent Network, write LYOP in the memo section and mail to Change Agent Network, Inc. 10000 North Central Expressway. Suite 40, Dallas, Texas 75231.