Our story began in early 2011 with a small action.
“Do you know any single mothers? I can teach their children how to play the piano for free,” said the person who moved the listeners, but two weeks later, everything stopped at just being moved. Until one day, a question suddenly struck: “Will there be more big brothers and big sisters willing to volunteer to teach underprivileged children how to play the piano around us?” So, we started to find friends. Friends found their own friends. Even those we haven’t seen for a week, a month, a year, or even several years, we tried knocking on their doors. In “The Alchemist,” it is written: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” In just a few months, we gathered a group of people who didn’t know each other at first but all loved to share music, and embarked on a magical journey. Our theme was “The Piano Dream is Within Reach.”
In the summer of 2011, we organized a summer music camp. We didn’t conduct any interviews, and even if children were brought by their parents through coercion or persuasion, we welcomed them all. The younger ones were innocent and carefree, revealing gaps in their teeth when they smiled; the older ones were sharp-tongued, kicking out aerial kicks they hadn’t done in a long time while playing. We also prepared activities for parents, so that they could gain something while waiting for their children after class.
After the summer vacation, we thought back to those children who loved music and called them to ask, “Would you be interested in continuing to learn the piano for the next year?” So, in September of the same year, we recruited 13 tutors to teach 33 underprivileged children the piano voluntarily.
Once a week, one-on-one teaching, named “One Week, One Lesson.” During the voluntary teaching period, we went to the streets twice with a large group of people, allowing the children, parents, and tutors to gather together again. Even the most introverted child gradually developed a sense of group consciousness. In the future, we dream of more children feeling loved; we dream of giving them the gift of music, accompanying them for a lifetime, whether they are happy or sad; we dream of discovering more students with potential, and not burying their musical talents due to expensive fees.
One Week, One Lesson, with love and commitment.
Co-founder – Collin Li @ 2011