Cap-Haïtien, Haiti

In June/July 2018, Trade Winds partnered with BLUME Haiti and CEMUCHCA, Haiti’s premiere music school for training music teachers, to work with musician-educators of all ages from nearly every region of the country. For three weeks in Cap-Haïtien, we taught pedagogy classes, private lessons, and technique classes, led rehearsals, and performed for and with the students. In addition, Trade Winds offered our special workshops which featured innovative activities, games, and composition and improvisation exercises geared toward collaboration, communication, leadership, creativity, confidence, and self-expression. The aim of our classes was to emphasize improvisiaton and creation through composition, since the students were already skilled as instrumentalists and interpreters of pre-composed works.