Introduction school projects
I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are
the keys to learning. Plato
During his studies at the Royal Conservatorie The Hague in The Netherlands and the years after, while working as a freelance musician, Israel Castillo Hernandez always stayed in close contact with musicians and schools in his homeland Mexico and in Guatemala.
During these years, Israel was thinking about how to connect both worlds – his new homeland The Netherlands with his homeland Mexico and Guatemala – in a project, that could be meaningful and enriching for all countries and participants.
The Solo for All project is the result of this reflective process.
Adoption criteria for projects
While developing the idea for Solo for All, it was clear for Israel that strict criteria were needed for projects, which are candidates to be ‘adopted’ by Solo for All. After all, there are so many schools and projects, who need financial support to accomplish their plans. Although everybody and every project in similar circumstances deserve support, choices have to be made by us, because the resources are very limited.
In the preparation of the criteria, the Zapotec values Israel grew up with, were decisive.
For more information about Zapotec values, see ‘About Solo for All’.
Conditions for projects
- The project is located in economically underdeveloped regions.
- The project has to be nested in the local community.
- The project must respect the (local) indigenous traditions,
- Culture has to be seen as a valuable resource for strengthening the social waving.
- Music education must be seen as a way to open doors for youngsters.
- The aim of the project is the overall development of youngsters.
- The project is realised by local musicians, if possible.
- The music education cannot be financed (completely) in any other way.
- Only non-commercial projects.