Students Give Online Music Lessons to Blossom House Girls

When vulnerable girls from Blossom House weren’t able to come to UNIS Hanoi’s campus for their music lessons this year, our students came up with a novel solution – take the classes and the love of music online! 

Since last week, the students who are part of a service learning group called Bamboo Music School, have created three types of videos: introduction to an instrument, playing the instrument, really jamming out on the instrument. And they are all available on Youtube

Before campus closures happened, High School students were providing weekly music lessons to the girls. Knowing the impact it was making to the lives of their new friends, the students vowed to find a way to keep the connection with the Blossom House girls going. 

Bamboo Music Service group reached a larger audience this week, by sharing these music videos with UNIS teachers so that teachers can share and discuss with their home base groups in elementary, middle and high school. The group hopes to share their love of music and raise awareness of the needs of The Blossom House. 

As part of this outreach, The Bamboo Music School made an appeal to source a 300 litre refrigerator for the Blossom House. Within a day, our group leader, Miyuki, Grade 10, worked with the Service Learning office to organize funds raised by service groups so that a refrigerator could be purchased. This will help keep food fresh at Blossom House during the summer months. 

First Impact Fund Grant – in action for Tet!

The Bamboo Music School is a High School Service Learning group that meets weekly on Saturday afternoon to teach music lessons to children from Blossom House. UNIS Hanoi and Blossom House students enjoy spending time together both in music lessons and playing at UNIS Hanoi.

During the 2018-19 school year, UNIS students identified a weakness in our service project was that Blossom House students are not able to practice music in between lessons. With this in mind, An Nguyen and Heedong Cho took the lead this school year in applying for a UNIS Impact Fund Grant. The intention of the proposal was to purchase instruments that would stay at Blossom House for children to practice on during the week. Grade 12 leaders Minh Quan Neefjes and Minh Nguyen assisted with this proposal process. The Bamboo Music School Service Learning group was delighted to receive an Impact Fund grant and two keyboards were purchased to give to Blossom House.

This past Monday, Minh Quan Neefjes brought the keyboards to Blossom House to give the children before the Tet holiday. The children at Blossom House were overjoyed and eager to play the keyboards.

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