Music Education

Beyond Traditional Learning
December 28, 2020

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Education comes in many forms. When I think of education in Terre Blanche, I first think of children in school, advancing from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

I think of the Women’s Trade School where learning life skills is a priority.

I might even think of the 50 plus community health volunteers learning health practices and passing the information on to their neighbors.

Today, I am thinking of music and education. Pastor Delamy has a new assistant pastor who has organized several choirs – a boys a cappella choir and choirs for women and children.

Madame Elyse loves to sing. She is one person who team members remember for her daily early morning singing. She wakes up, walks to the church and starts singing about 4:30 a.m. The walls of the church act like an amplifier as she sings and her voice is heard throughout the village. I have listened to her sing for over 20 years! She has a distinctive voice, not the most harmonious voice, but very distinctive.

However, one of the last Sundays I worshipped in Haiti, I heard new singing from her – a controlled trained voice! It was beautiful! What a pleasure to listen to the changes music education has made.

I realize that education in Terre Blanche has gone beyond the traditional and reaches into so many areas of life.

by Linda Markee, HFH Founder Emerita

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