What we do in Nepal

Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory Foundation has been working for more than 10 years to provide access to musical education.

As a leading music organization in Nepal, we are inspired by a world in which music and jazz can build a more positive world. Our school offers a continuum of music education programs – from teacher education to free music education to the underserved – tailored to serve the diverse interests, needs, and capabilities of all our learners.

Music education is sadly often not deemed important in Nepal, and deprioritized to a certain extent following the 2015 earthquakes. The government does not support music education with much seriousness. Resources towards arts and music are largely scarce; and where available, music education programs tend to be of low quality more often staffed by low-skilled, overworked, and underpaid teachers trying to make ends meet.

To that end, we strive to invest in capacity-building of local individuals by expanding their exposure to professional training programs guided by world-class musicians. The local community for jazz and music is deserving of high-caliber role models. Increase in the number of international musicians we bring in to Nepal will provide a solid foundation for all our learners regardless of their diverse backgrounds.

As Nepal undergoes the highest youth bulge in history with 42% of its population under 18, the impact from investment to benefit the young generation would be immense. Your support also enables us to attract international musicians to further develop our music education programme, ultimately creating meaningful opportunities for individuals and communities to better engage in music as Nepal rebuilds.

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KJC has been giving scholarships to more than 500 students since its inception.

We have been a pioneer in providing educational opportunities to talented students who have a passion to become a musician, regardless their social background.

Every year it has been sending two deserving faculty or students to the Thailand Jazz Workshop in Rangsit University, Thailand, with most of the expenses paid. It has brought countless international level artists into Kathmandu.

In 2016 alone there were more than two dozen artists that taught here and every year there are more high caliber musicians coming in to share their knowledge with us.

Applicants

If you want to apply for our KJC Foundation Scholarship program, you must demonstrate the  musical merit and potential through our auditions as well as proving the financial need.

To apply for a scholarship, please fill the from and refer to our Academic    Coordinator

 Application form

Nepal is full of potential musicians who might want to pursue career in music.  Unfortunately, not all of these children get the opportunity.

A lot of children are not offered music as a part of education due to financial constraints. Often, these are the children that need the respite and sanctuary of art the most.

So, KJC has created many social projects to help children in orphanages to receive quality musical education. We have been collaborating with House of Hope and NAG, two orphanages in Kathmandu for years, offering the young women who live their a quality education.

Because of the lack of music education in Nepal, there is a huge gap in the average music literacy of the youth in the country as compared to the rest of the world.

The children have never seen a saxophone or a trumpet, let alone seen someone use it masterfully. The other sectors of education are advancing thoroughly, but the arts are still held back. Sadly, the older generation does not view the arts to be of importance.

However, the people of Nepal have an intuition for music, especially improvised music. The people that come and study with us seek to be professional artists and look for guidance. Currently we are obligated to bring people from abroad to train our Nepali faculty because skilled people don’t exist in Nepal. We have brought more than two dozen international level artists in 2016 alone and have been doing so for the past decade

 Bringing an international teacher is very fruitful for the artist community here if they have someone of high caliber to guide the students in the study of music and the professional life of a musician in the world.

In 2016, KJC launched its first book for music education, “Our संगीत Book”, with the aim to give the Nepali schools access to music education classes that are tailored specifically for the country so children can learn the art of music while having fun.

Since its inception , KJC Foundation has been offering music education by providing professional music teachers to schools in Nepal. In the mere 8 years since being  established,  KJC has improved both the music scene in Kathmandu and the way music education is seen in Nepal. We believe that schools should have a proper music education component because music demonstrably improves a child’s intellect.

Many children in Nepal have lacked access to basic education. There are elementary education gaps and youth are lacking subjects that would be considered essential for a comprehensive education in most developed countries. This affects both Nepali girls and boys, although girls have historically been more subjugated in terms of education, since not have the right to be educated until not so long ago in remote areas. If we sum up the consequences of a very unstable political climate we can surely affirm that the education system in Nepal has suffered a great deal.

Music education is not only learning and knowing music it is also an emotional learning. Music is a way of empowering young people and building a solid confidence that will help them throughout their personal growth. It is an outlet for children and teens to connect with their peers through mutual interest, finding a community that allows them to be both listeners as well as important voices.

Music encourages individuals to grow socially and mentally by developing their communication skills, confidence, focus, discipline and body expression, among others. Above all, these children will discover a new passion and a healthy medium for self-expression.

Development on the social and educational fields is fundamental to improve quality of life of Nepal’s next generation. Since music can help improve the shortfall of education system of the country, we believe that this project is a great opportunity for improvement in the vital field of education.

Are you looking for an experience in the Himalayas? If you are a musician, a music teacher or an arts manager or you are studying any of these, you can help make a difference. Become an intern or a volunteer in this culturally rich, unique part of the world!

Nepal is home to the highest peaks on Earth with breathtaking views just hours/ few days away from our school which is in the bustling capital of Kathmandu. Meet the people here at our conservatory and live true travelling, being part of the local culture and building friendships with individuals that are a world apart but still speak the same language which is music. Wether you have finished your studies and are looking for working experience as an intern or you just want to share your knowledge as a volunteer, KJC can offer an unforgettable adventure.

As the internet permeates our lives more and more, it seems now that looking a few years into the future, computers are the best route we can take in reaching an audience that is truly a nation-wide spectrum. We are working towards a new avenue in music education. We are in collaboration with Derek Beckvold and Bob Jordon on their project Teach to Learn, in which some of our faculty and students are already taking lessons for free from elite musicians in New York and around the US via the internet.

We are working towards giving skype lessons to students anywhere in Nepal. Please let us know if you are interested at info@katjazz.com.np so that we can expand our program.  

International Jazz Day is an event celebrated worldwide on 30th of April and its main goals are celebrating human and cultural diversity and freedom of expression.

It promotes dialogue among cultures and respect for human rights and dignity: eradicating discrimination, promoting foresting gender equiality and reforcing the role of youth in the enacting social change.

Its main tool is education by spreading jazz, its roots and its fusion with other artforms. Celebrating jazz in Nepal is a step forward to have better local artists and better music education in future.

Many national and international artists have been part of its line up making a huge impact in the music scene in Nepal, sharing their knowledge via workshops, concerts and informal encounters.

Every year KJC collaborates with UNESCO and other international organizations to make this day unique. We envision the jazz day celebration as the medium to unite people in harmony and peace across the globe.

Projects in Nepal

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Support to vulnerable children

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Music Education for children homes

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Teachers’ empowerment

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Response to disasters through Music

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Organization of Katjazz musical event

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Bring Music to their lives

Music benefits children and youth, boosts brain development, helps on academic skills, and fosters social bonding. Given its improvisational nature, jazz promotes creative and free expression. Unfortunately, most of the children of Nepal don’t learn Music, especially the vulnerable ones. Help us bringing music to their lives!