In partnership with The DREAM Project, iASO Records has established an academy for traditional music in Cabarete, The Dominican Republic. Our program is the first in the world to teach bachata. A music of the barrios, bachata has become an important Dominican cultural export. The iASO Bachata Academy's mission is to mentor a new generation of bachateros and bachateras. We endow our students with a rigorous musical training that will help them to flourish as professional artists.
The iASO Bachata Academy engages students with a curriculum that builds on techniques that have been employed in the transmission of Dominican music for generations. Our focus is on ear learning and performance in multi-part, multi-instrument groups. With our program's emphasis on cooperative learning, we are building a musical community whose whole is even greater than its parts.
The Bachata Academy has more than 50 students who each receive up to 12 hours a week of instruction in guitar, percussion, and voice. Our students range in age from 7 to 19. Each is given an instrument, which he or she can practice on at school and at home. As students advance, they form bands. Our student bands perform locally and nationally. In 2018, a group from the Bachata Academy performed a series of concerts and workshops in New York City.
The iASO Bachata Academy has some of the best talent in the local and international music scene on its faculty. With decades of experience and impressive track-records, our teachers help our students to perfect their musicianship, so that one day they can be bachateros and bachateras in their own right. To learn more about them, please visit our faculty profile page.
As the world's only music program dedicated to Bachata, our mission is not only to mentor the next generation of bachata musicians, but also a new generation of bachata teachers. Our advanced students undergo teacher training in addition to ordinary music studies. Several are working as assistant teachers.
The iASO Bachata Academy is located on the DREAM Project’s Cabarete campus. The DREAM Projects is a US 501c3, and counts Pulitzer author Junot Díaz, and NY Senator Adriano Espaillat among its board of advisers.
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