Music Basti enables music learning for at-risk children to nurture confidence and skills to achieve their best.

  • The Problem: Children in Adversity

    Thousands of children in Delhi live in community homes or in slum areas without access to quality education. A child growing up in an unstable environment without an enabling support system is ill-equipped for life’s challenges.


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  • The Solution: Nurturing Life-Skills Through Music

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

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How Music Basti Works  

Music Basti recruits and trains musicians to run the 8-month "ReSound" program which is fun but also intensive, so that students learn to write, compose and perform an original song together.

The program includes a community concert and ends with the annual ReSound concert so that students gain the multiple benefits of learning music skills and collaborating to produce and perform their own compositions.

  • Musicians trained to teach in classrooms

    Musicians are carefully selected and trained to engage every child in the class, and simplify basic musical concepts to make learning fun. Teachers participate in a two-week training on using Music Basti's curriculum, child-centered pedagogies and how to be an effective teacher.

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  • Musicians engage children 

    The curriculum and pedagogy is focused on teaching life-skills such as confidence, creativity, leadership and team-work through the process of group learning and performances. Rhythm, melody, song-writing and music appreciation are taught using different innovative methods.

  • Writing an original song

    Children write and compose their own song as a team. In the process they learn to assess their abilities, solve problems and resolve group conflicts, learning empathy, and collaboration while being creative.

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  • Concerts and Accomplishments

    Music Basti creates opportunities for students to perform at local and national concerts, events, festivals and at the annual ReSound concert. With every performance students grow more confident, overcome their fears and feel accomplished.

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

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

“When I first came here I did not know what a drum set or a guitar was. When my teacher showed us, I was really happy to know I’d be learning more.”

Dolly, student at Vidya Community Centre, Okhla Industrial Area, Delhi

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  • Integrated Development Education Association (IDEA) was registered in 1991 as a Society under the Indian Societies Registration Act (XXI of 1860). Registration Number: S 22383. Foreign Contribution Regulation Act Registration Number: 231650708. 

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