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05 Jul 2011

Gitameit Music Center

In Pali and Burmese “gita” means music, and “meit” means friendship. Gitameit Music Center was started in 2003 by pianist Kit Young and colleagues from Myanmar in order to build a supportive community of musicians and audiences locally, and to encourage sustained, meaningful contact with international institutions, teachers and performers.

Gitameit Music Center is a non-profit community center and music school in downtown Yangon devoted to music teaching & nurturing, performing, offering exchange possibilities for Burmese students to study abroad, and inviting international artists & teachers for performances and workshops in Yangon.

Musical offerings at Gitameit are holistic. That is, the programs and projects incorporate study of western music genres (classical, jazz, rock, pop, contemporary art music), Burmese traditional and folk music, and a program of listening to and learning about music genres from all over the world. In addition, musicians are encouraged to learn about other art forms – poetry, theatre, literature, and plastic arts – to further extend the possibilities of their imagination. Gitameit also arranges concerts during the year by faculty, students, local artists and visiting performers which are open to the community.

Outreach projects to remote communities in the suburbs of Yangon began in March 2006. Gitameit is currently supporting scholarship students from Chin State, Kachin State, Mandalay, Toungoo, Mawlamyaing and is involved with projects to teach music to underprivileged youths in the Yangon suburbs.

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