© 1995 Julie Tompkins-Wagner

Sending instruments and music to rebuild Kosovo's music programs

The Kosovo Musical Project is an educational humanitarian project that initially began as my son’s Eagle Scout project. Because of the great need, the project has continued over the years.

The small country of Kosovo gained its hard won independence in 2008 after a devastating war. With the existing infrastructure damaged and cultural treasures looted, the task of rebuilding is still very much a work in progress. The music schools in Kosovo were hit hard as many of the instruments and the music education materials disappeared.  Yet the hardest part, over the years, is not just the physical rebuilding, but helping to counteract the feeling that Kosovo, after the war was over and it was no longer in the headlines, has been forgotten. As much as the music organizations need the materials, the students and teachers and people of Kosovo also need hope. Hope that they are not forgotten in today’s fractured world. And what better way than through the language of music, which speaks to everyone and makes the spirit soar?

The Kosovo Musical Project aims to try to bring instruments, music, and other educational materials back to the students of Kosovo. By receiving donations of used instruments, music, books, stands, benches/stools and other equipment, and packing them up and sending them to various schools in Kosovo, we hope to substantially increase the number of students who are able to take music lessons. There are currently over 200 students on the waiting list for lessons at one school alone—all they need is an instrument on which to play and music to read.

Through generous donations from individuals, families, piano shops, luthiers and piano restorers,  the project has sent 5 shipments so far, including 6 pianos (one a grand), 5 piano benches/stools, 3 drum kits, cellos, violins, guitars, recorders, flutes, clarinets, trumpets, 15 boxes of music, small percussion, metal xylophones, metronomes, electric keyboards, microphones, CDs and CD players, et al.

Working with the Prenk Jakova High School for music, the American School of Kosova, The Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, the Pristina University and a special needs school in Pristina as well as the Cesk Zadeja Music School in Ferizaj, the Kosovo Musical Project as brought instruments to many students who would not otherwise have a chance to study and make music.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the generous donors and if you have an instrument or music sitting at home that isn’t being used, and you would like to see it being used, then please contact Julie. You’ll be making a very appreciative student in Kosovo a very happy one!

Kosovo Musical Project

Kosovo Musical Project

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+41 79 774 81 59

 

Here's how it works

Instrument Collection

If you have an instrument you're not using, we'd love to have it! 

Contact Me

Call me at +41 79 774 81 59
or send me an email at Julie@Julie-music.com 
We can discuss the details and arrange drop off points! 

Transportation

Smaller instruments can be dropped off near Nyon. For larger instruments (like pianos), we'll arrange pickup from the ground floor

Delivery

Once enough instruments have been collected, we send a truck via Eliot Trans to Kosovo, directly to the music teachers and schools