Telematic Bridges / Puentes Telemáticos
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Telematic Bridges / Puentes Telemáticos is a course that uses cutting-edge technologies to link youth in North and South America in a co-located music classroom. This August will be our second time offering this innovative course that connects students from Santa Ana High School in California and Fundación Batuta in Manizales, Colombia. All instruction takes place in electronic music laboratories at the University of California, Irvine (in CA) and the University of Caldas (in Manizales), giving students a chance to experience these campuses and work in electronic music studios with professional software and high-bandwidth networks.
Your gift, of any size, will help us reach our goal of raising $4,000 for the August 2018 course. Your donation will go directly to helping our students from Santa Ana by supporting funding transportation costs for students, nutritious food for students, a videographer/photographer and an assistant instructor.
Our students are often from low-income families and will be the first in their families to attend college. Your support opens doors for them to participate in this incredible hands-on learning experience in the arts.
We hope that this initiative will not only inspire this year's students, but also have a lasting impact on intercultural understanding, diversity in higher education, and future applications of computer networking technologies in the arts.
Students will learn about one another’s cultures, while also exploring music technology basics and producing creative work in composition and improvisation. Working with bilingual instructors at both sites, students will develop collaborative projects throughout the week, culminating in an open lab session to share the results with friends and family.
At UCI, the course is led by Professor Michael Dessen a composer, and trombonist who has been working with high-resolution networked music performance for over a decade, and assisted by Dan Abrams, a UCI Music BM and MFA alumnus and an instructor at Santa Ana High School.
This initiative was created in 2017 by Professor Dessen in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Caldas in Colombia as well as Juan David Rubio, a Colombia native, and UC Irvine MFA alumnus. The project leverages an ongoing partnership between the UCI Music Dept. and Santa Ana High School's music program. Long-term plans include establishing a course that would run throughout the academic year from an electronic music studio at SAHS, enabling students to have more sustained engagement with instructors and other youth at different sites around the world.
We need your help! Please consider making a gift to help connect these bright young music students from around the world this summer. And don't forget, you can help us by sharing our campaign with your friends and family. Thank you for your support!