An Instrument for Every Child (AIFEC) is a unique and innovative musical project that will provide elementary school children in Hamilton’s inner-city schools with the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. The four-year program is intended to supplement existing music education in the elementary school system through regular, qualified instrumental and musical instruction by members of the local arts community.
AIFEC was originated in Germany in 2003 and is based on the highly successful music education initiative, El Sistema, from Venezuela. It has been selected as one of the major music pedagogical projects featured during the ‘European Capital of Culture’ festivities in 2010.
The AIFEC Hamilton program is built on partnerships of school boards and individual schools with local arts and community organizations, corporations, and local businesses. These partnership initiatives are carried out within the context of strong educational objectives with members of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hamilton Music Collective providing students with qualified instrumental instruction in our local schools during regular school hours.
"We are very delighted to see the program 'An Instrument for Every Child' growing worldwide and can only support the initiative of the Hamilton Music Collective!"
- Manfred Grunenberg (Founder and Director of the German program, 'Jedem Kind ein Instrument', / An Instrument for Every Child)
This is how it works:
- First year: Free
- Second year: $25/month
- Third & fourth year: $35/month