Peace Through Music Kosovo

In Kosovo Since 1999

School-Based Classes

Since 1999, SMF has offered weekly music classes in Gjakovë-area elementary and junior high schools. Classes are held weekly during the school year and twice weekly during the summer. Our students regularly perform in area festivals and concerts and are becoming very fine singers and musicians. A group of these students were invited to the USA in July 2004 and August 2006, and performed concerts throughout the Midwest. Many program graduates are now Youth Teacher Volunteers.

Classes offered include the following:

  • Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Pennywhistle
  • Beginning and Advanced Harmonica
  • Beginning and Advanced Drum
  • Singing

Transit Shelter Camp Music Classes

The Transit Shelter Camps (for families without homes after the war) in Gjakove have now all closed, but the children born and raised there continue to be affected by their many years in the camps. Our work with these children best represents our basic mission: to offer war-impacted children opportunities for play, creativity, learning, self-expression, and relief from hardship. SMF offers weekly classes in the following:

  • Beginning and Advanced Singing
  • Beginning and Advanced Harmonica
  • Musical Play for young children

Youth-Teacher Volunteer Program

SMF is based on the premise that a sustainable, locally-run program is in the best interests of war-affected communities. Training local volunteers also allows us to teach more children in more locations. Through Our Youth-Teacher Volunteer Program, senior volunteers lead bi-weekly training sessions in:

  • Reading, writing, and counting music
  • Singing
  • Playing pennywhistle, harmonica, ukulele, guitar, drum, and piano
  • Music pedagogy for children, including reading, counting, singing, and playing music
  • Lesson planning and reporting
  • Conducting
  • Time management and employment skills
  • Tolerance and peace training
  • Leadership, integrity and honesty
  • Reading, writing, and speaking English

Village Outreach

SMF provides music classes to children living in villages throughout the Gjakove region. These villages include Hereq, Dujake, Koronic, Gramacel, Sheramet, Dol, and many others. Classes include:

  • Singing
  • Reading music
  • Beginning and Advanced Harmonica
  • Beginning and Advanced pennywhistle

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Minority Outreach

SMF provides music classes to children living in ethnic minority Roma communities. These children have extremely limited access to programs outside of their communities. In 2006, SMF hosted the first (and only) combined Albanian/Roma children’s concert, and we hope to host many more in the future. Classes include:

  • Singing
  • Reading music
  • Beginning and Advanced Harmonica
  • Beginning and Advanced pennywhistle
Click through the slides below to see our Kosovo programs in action!