Maura Nava, singer: “Music reaches the soul; It is a great spiritual pharmacy” | Training | Economy | EUROtoday

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Taking care of emotional well-being is a vitally essential issue for individuals's private, instructional {and professional} improvement. Something that, judging by the information from the Youth, Health and Wellbeing Barometer 2023 of the Reina Sofía Center of Fad Juventud, is very vital within the case of the youngest: not in useless, 59% of minors between 12 and 18 years of age report having suffered some psychological well being downside (not feeling comfy, apathy, disappointment and even suicidal ideas) within the final 12 months. Do we, nonetheless, deal with that a part of our well being as we should always? To handle this facet from instructional facilities, the AmplificARTE venture emerged in 2023, which goals to make use of the ability of music as a transversal didactic device to work on and promote good emotional administration.

Product of the revolutionary collaboration between the younger individuals of the Generación Docentes program, of the Princess of Girona Foundation, and the Art House Academy report label of maestro Julio Reyes Copello (winner of 16 Grammy awards), the venture addresses the a number of conflicts that come up from a poor emotional administration and poor psychological well being care, along with selling musical tradition in instructional facilities. “Music is like the language of the soul and emotions. When you're young, it's easy to feel misunderstood, like you can't share an important part of your life; and yet find yourself in a song,” explains Mexican singer Maura Nava. She is likely one of the artists taking part on this initiative, which closed the course final Monday, May 6, with the live performance Get excited on the Teatro Real in Madrid, and which was attended by Queen Letizia.

“Music bypasses the protection mechanisms we have (especially for young people); It speaks directly to your heart and makes you contact those emotions. And people, whatever their age, live trying to evade them… And that is the root of any emotional problem or mental disorder. But music has the ability to get there,” provides Maura. Hers is a narrative of overcoming and resilience: this lyrical singer with a prodigious voice suffered from full atrioventricular block since she was born, and at solely 24 years previous (right this moment she is 26) she needed to endure coronary heart surgical procedure with out anesthesia (as a result of her coronary heart couldn’t together with her) that she actually overcame by singing throughout the intervention. Today she confesses that she is glad bringing music to instructional facilities, and her music To the half It is a part of the soundtrack of Zorro, the brand new Amazon Video sequence.

The Mexican singer Maura Nava, during a moment of her performance at the Teatro Real in Madrid on May 6, 2024.
The Mexican singer Maura Nava, throughout a second of her efficiency on the Teatro Real in Madrid on May 6, 2024.FPdG

Emotional well-being via music

In addition to Maura Nava, there are numerous younger artists who take part by offering their songs to an initiative that additionally has its personal unofficial anthem. (Esperanza, by Teo Bok): the Venezuelan Joaquina, Latin Grammy 2023 for Best New Artist; the Italian Teo Bok or the Colombian Jules (interpreter of It simply can't be), along with different rising singers from the Generation Art program, which was born with the aim of selling emotional training via music. Now, in what means?

The venture, really helpful for Secondary, Baccalaureate and even college ranges, is freely accessible to any trainer or middle that wishes to introduce it of their lecture rooms, and is developed via a sequence of songs composed by the artists and obtainable on the platform. Thanks to the information and instructing sources that accompany them, academics can analyze the songs from totally different factors of view and educate college students to work on consciousness, determine and handle their feelings appropriately, purchase a sequence of values ​​and expertise and, after all, , some musical tradition, via 4 differentiated blocks.

“Imagine that each song is like a chapter in a book, or different learning stations. The first block is Discover with the artist. There we go into his biography, who he is, the musical genre he usually sings, and we even take the opportunity to work on geography. For example, if the artist is from Milan, we propose to the teacher a series of activities to work on, for example, the Duomo,” explains Sandra Camós, director of instructional tasks on the Princess of Girona Foundation. “Then we do zoom to the song and we suggest that the students listen to it, first, with their eyes closed: what does the protagonist of the song feel? Why is he sorry? And there we already worked on emotional literacy.”

Then, he says, they hearken to it once more and observe it via one other sequence of extra introspective actions, which educate younger individuals to determine these feelings, understand in the event that they determine with them and know tips on how to act in the event that they expertise them: a collage, and cowl of the music with a distinct verse… “In the end it is a journey through the song to train our gaze towards what happens to us, why it happens to us and what we can do with what is happening to us, giving tools to the young people,” he provides. An instance: the music Rabia, by Joaquina, serves as a pretext to speak about tips on how to handle anger in a wholesome means. “And all of this is not being told to you by a teacher like, “Open the textbook, let's read about how to manage anger: bye, So you already lost the teenager. But if it's through a song, ah well, ok… And maybe I don't tell anyone that I liked it, but then I go home and listen to it and I keep the message,” reflects Maura.

Music and Service Learning

Since its presentation in February 2023, AmplificARTE has reached more than 40,000 students spread across a hundred educational centers. One of them is the Santísima Trinidad-Trinitarios school, in Córdoba, where a French teacher, Marta Ruiz, introduced the program and turned it into a transversal Service Learning project in which she involved teachers from other areas, combining the acquisition of skills with social interventions of real impact in their community. “Everything came about naturally, because in my tutoring there was a girl who was diagnosed with lymphoma. The children, first year of ESO, had no idea what she was; They even asked me if she “hit herself.” They didn't know what was going to occur to her associate, however they felt the necessity to accompany her. So we began working and we now have been like this for 5 or 6 years,” says the trainer by way of videoconference.

That concern and feeling of empathy translated into an academic venture that, as Ruiz explains, has made his college students see the aim of their studying and made it extra significant. “In Physical Education, we talk about healthy lifestyle habits; With the biology teacher, they studied the disease and we did blood donation campaigns; in Spanish Language, we worked on the communication skills that they later used to confront the radio, the press… It has been amazing,” says Ruiz, who also describes how another of the songs helped them to deal with the issue of bullying. , and consider what they could do about it.

That, he remembers, helped his secondary school students create the corner of Tell what you see. “They trained in the Guidance department and, once a week, they went out to Primary recess, where the children who did not dare to tell another person something about what they were going through, were encouraged to tell it to them. And if we detected something that we had to tell, we communicated it to the tutor or the Guidance department.”

The initiative of the Princess of Girona Foundation, Ruiz says, has helped him attain out to “a lot of kids who were having a bad time.” And at its middle there are eight open suicide protocols, but in addition circumstances of bullying, youngsters with difficulties in social relationships, issues with separated mother and father, minors in foster properties… “This project gave me the opportunity to get closer to them in another way, with a language that they understand and accept. So I met with the guidance department and head of studies, and we made a list of students from first to fourth ESO with special needs.” And they started to satisfy on Wednesdays after class, to hearken to songs and introduce the artists (who had already given a live performance in school). “And there, in an almost magical way, kids who had never spoken before began to express what a song evoked in them, how they felt…”.

Ruiz, why disguise it, is in love with Service Learning, and he or she has no scarcity of causes. Thanks to a Teo Bok music (amongst others) she managed to determine a bond of belief with Lucía (not her actual identify), a scholar with an open suicide protocol. “She had tried to commit suicide, she was self-harming, she had bullying problems in class… And look, this year the protocol has been closed and now she is like my student buddy, the one who helps me get closer to the new suicide protocols that they open up, and to be able to speak to them in their own language.”

Concerts in instructional facilities

“We like to say that we are activists of emotional well-being, because working on emotional well-being is the best prevention tool we have in order to have good mental health in our society,” says Camós. An effort wherein the muse's initiative has discovered a really particular dance associate, the Sant Joan de Déu hospital in Barcelona, ​​promoter, along with the Zurich Foundation, of the Henka program, with which they prepare ESO academics in order that they At the identical time, they work on emotional well-being of their lecture rooms and with the youngsters's households.

An essential a part of the impression that AmplificARTE has on younger individuals is as a result of dwell live shows that, over the past two years, they’ve been celebrating in these hundred faculties unfold all through Spain. Educational live shows, then again, are scripted wherein the artists not solely sing their songs, but in addition share a sworn statement of resilience and which serve to work on a studying goal. Always, as Maura remembers, with the aim of serving to younger individuals be taught to handle their feelings: “For me, music saved me in the most difficult moment of my existence, when they told me that I had to have surgery and that it would be without anesthesia. And I held on to the songs that had touched my soul the most as a teenager; not even as an adult… I believe that, for many people, music is something that reaches the soul; “It is a great spiritual pharmacy.”

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