The Nosara Integral Development Association (ADIN- Asociación de Desarrollo Integral)) and the Nosara Arts and Culture Committee finally inaugurated their new music school with guitar and flute classes, but they still don’t have support from the National System of Musical Education (SINEM- Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical).
Although an agreement was signed more than two years ago in which SINEM promised to provide the school with teachers and musical instruments, the school began operating with a teacher who donates his time to give classes to 16 children and teenagers, according to the president of ADIN, Marco Avila.
From SINEM, academic director Ernesto Brenes recognized that the agreement remains in force but said that funds are limited. He stressed that the institute’s commitment is to provide support “to the extent of its possibilities.”
“Nicoya already has a music school. What is more, that school only has four teachers when it should have eight, and the shortage of human resources is what prevents us from opening so many schools,” the director indicated.
Years of Delay
In November of 2013, ADIN built the infrastructure for the Nosara Music School, which consists of two classrooms, a multipurpose room and a storage shed. In addition, it has furniture and sound systems.
The purpose of the school is to welcome, discover and develop talent in different fields of music and the arts. The Arts and Culture Committee began working in early 2015 with a folk dance and choreography project made up of 50 members, and with the school project, they hope to expand opportunities for children and youth.
According to Regina Amacker, the school coordinator, 16 students are enrolled, including children and teenagers. Classes are taught by Professor Alvaro Diaz every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the culture hall that ADIN built in 2013.
Amacker said that only guitar and flute lessons are given for now because the school doesn’t have instruments and students have to buy them. She also said that the committee is looking into the possibility of buying instruments to lend to kids who do not have them. Enrollment is open and costs ¢2000 (about $3.75) per month.