We enable music learning for children to nurture confidence and skills to achieve their best. 

The Problem: Children in Adversity

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  • Thousands of children in Delhi live in community homes or in slum areas with no access to quality learning and education. They tend to live in unstable environments and are ill-equipped for life’s challenges.


Student from Dil Se Campaign, New Delhi

“When I first came here I did not know what a drum set or a guitar was. I had never seen them. When my teacher showed us I was really happy to know I’d be learning more.”

- Dolly, student at Vidya Community Centre, Okhla

The Solution: Nurturing life skills through music

Music Basti partners with existing community organisations to run weekly music classes for children and adolescents. The classes are fun and engaging and designed to nurture creativity, self confidence and teamwork.

“Music makes me feel relevant, doing something that I am good at.”

-Rahul, student at Tarang Kala Kendra, Kapashera


Community Concert by Music Basti at Vidya, Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi

How Music Basti Works

Music Basti recruits and trains teaching artists to run weekly classes so that children learn to write, compose and perform an original song. Students gain the multiple benefits of learning music skills while collaborating to produce their own composition, which they perform at the ReSound concert at the end of each year.

The Process

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  • Training Artists to Engage Children

    Musicians are carefully selected and trained to engage every child in the class, and simplify basic musical concepts to make learning fun. For example, teachers use body percussion exercises to teach rhythm, and make instruments out of everyday objects to develop musical awareness.

  • Music Skills Training

    Teaching artists use a varied curriculum to teach rhythm, melody, songwriting and instruments. Music learning helps concentration, builds motor skills, and supports comprehension in school.

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  • Writing an Original Song

    Children write and compose their own song as a team. In the process they learn to solve problems creatively and resolve group conflict through empathy and collaboration.

  • Concerts and Accomplishment

    Music Basti creates opportunities for students to perform at neighbourhood concerts, public festivals and at the annual ReSound concert. With every performance they grow more confident, overcome their fears and feel a sense of accomplishment.

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Through the ReSound program, children access a safe platform to express themselves, experiment and interact with their environment. Given the uncertainty of their circumstances, Music Basti represents an opportunity to help build the confidence and skills that children need to thrive.


"Our students have been exposed to music and singing before but I have seen a remarkable rise in their confidence”

-Daniel Nazareth, New Life Helping Hand, Kanhai Gaon Gurgaon

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    an original song by students from ReSound 2014-15.

If you’d like to know more, contribute or volunteer, get in touch.

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  • Music Basti is a project of Integrated Development Education Association (IDEA). IDEA was registered in 1991 as a Society under the Indian Societies Registration Act (XXI of 1860) with Registration No. S-22383. IDEA is also registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act and with Registration No. 231650708.

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