Volunteering with Cantare is an opportunity for you to live up to your values. Anyone who cares about our community and our children can play an important role in fostering compassion and understanding across generational, cultural and economic boundaries. To learn more about the many opportunities available contact Linden at linden@cantareconvivo.org.

The Power of Music

 

Last February, former Cantare choir member Don Keeble began volunteering with one of our after-school choirs at Vincent Academy, a West Oakland Title 1(federally-funded) K-5 charter school, where approximately a dozen K-2nd graders get their first exposure to making their own music with a professional teaching artist. Music Education Director, Conway Tan invited Don to take a more active role during his visits by playing the guitar to accompany a song the students were learning. The kids loved watching and hearing Don play. Making music together created a powerful bond, and Don noticed when everyone sang together, the group dynamic changed for the better. The Vincent kids began to look forward to Donʼs arrival each Thursday, greeting him and telling him all about what they were learning and doing in other areas of their lives. Don considers showing up week after week to help provide a calming and steady presence in these studentsʼ lives to be a true labor of love. He now realizes that the work Cantare does in Oaklandʼs schools is not just about making music. Itʼs about trust, cooperation, and building a community that transcends barriers of age, race, and economics. “Itʼs what we are about as human beings,” he says. If you would like to explore volunteer opportunities with Cantare's Children's Music program, please contact Julie Haydon at julie@cantareconvivo.org