OUR SOCIAL AND HUMANITARIAN WORK
Profit generated by the Samajam’s Percussion School is allocated to social and humanitarian causes in our community.
As a registered Canadian Government charity, Samajam Percussion School is deeply involved in many local humanitarian causes which have a real and concrete impact in our community.  All surplus profit generated by the Samajam’s Percussion School classes, shows and events is allocated to hundreds of humanitarian causes. Samajam donates more than 100 production days per year in the form of classes in music, teaching, and percussion and performance preparation to support the most vulnerable in our society: the homeless, handicapped, homeless youths, children with difficulties, etc.  In addition, we also support dozens of foundations and no-for-profits yearly.
 


SAMAJAM’S  HOOK ON SCHOOLPROJECT

The Hooked on School Project is one of the largest cultural projects ever offered to Quebec schools. It is a powerful collective musical experience, rewarding and unforgettable. The classes spread over a entire school year and the finale is a huge public performance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on the Rio Tinto Alcan main stage. In fact, this project provides our youths a collective experience of a life-time.”

In brief :

Each year, Samajam’s HOOK ON SCHOOL Project targets the most disadvantaged schools in Montreal in order to offer them a richly rewarding experience that impacts the entire school and lasts throughout the school year. The goal for each school is to prepare an enormous concert to be performed on Rio Tinto Alcan’s main stage during the Montreal International Jazz Festival for an audience of thousands and an impressive assembly of Montreal media. During the school year the students will be presented many related activities such as the preparation of a show for the HOOK ON SCHOOL week and other charitable and media events.


Goals of the Project:

The goal of the Project is to offer each student a weekly musical experience that is so powerful, stimulating and motivating that it contributes to the anchoring of a sense of belonging and personal pride in the school, and stimulates the development of love for the school and the desire to remain actively engaged. This Project is incorporated into the school curriculum and impacts every student.  This project is not just an after-school activity that affects only a few students but rather an all encompassing project that catalyzes the entire school. The students are divided into 3 equal groups, by cycle, of 75-200 students, based on the school’s enrollment.  Special students (new immigrants and children with learning difficulties) and the teachers are all included in the Project!

The Project’s impact :

The Project is of the highest quality. Its vitality, structure, duration, number of participants, animators and musicians, inclusivity, and high public profile combined with the children’s engagement all contribute in reinforcing:

  • Self-esteem
  • Strong sense of school-belonging
  • Joy of learning
  • Inclusivity and receptivity to different cultures,  ideas and opinions
  • Desire for collective accomplishment

…which are all recognized as fundamental components necessary to ensure school retention over the long term.


The Defining Features :
 
There are many projects that assist in reducing drop-out in Québec. They are all helpful and necessary in encouraging retention, and they all deserve to be supported. Samajam’s HOOK ON SCHOOL Project is the most significant because it is based on learning music and performance preparation.  Its defining features are derived from the following characteristics:

  1. One of the largest musical projects ever offered to schools
    The Project is so powerful, unique and awe-inspiring that it is considered one of the significant cultural projects ever offered to the Montreal School System.  With more than 1500 students involved in the 2011/12 school-year it is will be the largest show (in terms of the number of on-stage artists) ever to be performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival!

  2. The Project energizes the ENTIRE school
    All the students and teachers, without exception, participate in the weekly classes to prepare for the large performance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Students from special classes (new immigrants and children with autism) are included in the Project, making this Project uniquely different. The outcome of which is a powerful sense of pride and of belonging to their school, as well as a strong sense of inclusivity.   The administrators, teachers and parents will witness a marked change in the school’s energy, and a major positive increase in the schools’ collective outlook. 

  3. The Project has been added to the regular school curriculum
    This Project is not an after-school activity affecting a small percentage of students but a Project that unites and motivates the entire school to work collectively towards a common goal, the public performance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

  4. The Impact of public recognition on self-esteem
    As the Project is strongly supported by Montreal’s media, and the schools and students receive powerful public recognition and acknowledgement from the thousands of spectators at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the children feel a tremendous influx of pride and collective validation, which we believe is a fundamental ingredient in reinforcing self-esteem and a strong feeling of belonging.

  5. The Project is based on stimulating passion over the long term
    Following the massive public concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and throughout the following school-year, those students who have been bitten by the percussion bug will have the opportunity to take advanced percussion classes weekly at their school during lunch hour. This option will allow interested students to continue their honing their passion in the next school year (2012-13). These classes will be coordinated as part of the regular school calendar. This option is dependent on the successful funding.
 
 
Your school is interested in Samajam’s HOOK ON SCHOOL Project?
 
Samajam offers these benefits to the selected schools involved in the Project.

  • The school will receive between 20-25 weekly classes of music, dance, percussion, gumboots, and performance preparation,
    per cycle, depending on the school’s start date in the Project, from November to June.

  • All students in the school, without exception, are invited to participate. 
    Each cycle will be divided into groups of between 50-200 students, depending on the school enrollment.

  • The weekly classes are offered at either the school or at Samajam’s facility.

  • Samajam will provide all the musical instruments.

  • Samajam’s professional production team coordinates all aspects of the Project.

  • Samajam will provide all the technical equipment (sound and stage) for the project .

  • When possible, Samajam will coordinate a Christmas concert at the school or at the Samajam facility, for the students’ family and friends.
    These concerts are intended as live rehearsals for the finale concert in June.

  • Samajam will offer the schools numerous opportunities throughout the school year to participate in mini-concerts,
    charitable and media events.  For example many events are planned during the week celebrating HOOK ON SCHOOL in February.

  • The finale will take place at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on the Rio Tinto’s main stage
    in front of an audience of thousands of spectators and an impressive assembly of Montreal media. 
    Samajam will provide professional accompaniment for each of the performances at this memorable event. 


Advanced percussion classes

Following the massive public concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and throughout the following school-year, those students who have been bitten by the percussion bug will have the opportunity to take advanced percussion classes weekly at their school during lunch hour. This option will allow interested students to continue fueling and honing their passion in the next school year (2012-13). What a great way to for our youths to positively channel their energy over the long term all while pursuing a new passion. These classes will be coordinated as part of the regular school calendar. This option is dependent on the successful funding.

Call Samajam !
Samajam’s HOOK ON SCHOOL Project is accepting new schools every year.
If your school is interested in joining this incredible project, don’t hesitate to contact us.

info@samajam.com
Karen Gautier,
Project Manager
(514) 598-1554, extension : 32



 
SAMAJAM'S HOOK ON SCHOOL PROJECT PARTNERS
 
Interested in Being a Partner or Sponsor?
Your support will enable us to continue to grow the Project and offer these energizing and motivating classes to more students and more schools. If you would like to discuss being a partner or sponsor, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. We are currently looking for Official Partners and Official Suppliers.

Louis Bellemare
President – Founder & Spokesperson
louisbellemare@samajam.com

(514) 598-1554
 
 
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