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Music as part of the cultural image of Peru

Peruvian music is characterized by a high diversity and a very special quality resulting from the historical contribution of different ethnic and social groups. Through musical manifestations Peruvians construct their identity. Music is a direct and sensible mechanism through which the image of Peru is built with its different expressions and styles, enriched by the different races, cultures and creeds that have been crossbreeding along history.

The music of Peru is not only made of different traditions that come from a variety of regional cultural practices, but it also has created very original instruments of its own that need to be known as a contribution of Peru to universal culture.


The music as expression of children


ARTE PARA CRECER is a group of children interpreting Peruvian music in a very original way. This group of girls and boys between the ages of 4 and 16 playing music adds a special value and sensitivity to the diffusion of Peruvian music. Their interpretation of music with typical and traditional instruments, as well as with informal instruments built by the interpreters themselves adds a very special value to the interpretation of Peruvian music. These percussion and melodic instruments are used to play some of the pieces in didactic concerts for children. Some of these informal instruments are for example the "botellofono" (a xylophone made with bottles), the "plumponia" (sheperds pipes made with used markers), the "latarra" (a guitar made with a cookie tin) and the "manguerofono" (a trumpet made with a hose).


A special methodology to teach music to children has been developed in Peru

In the complex educational system of Peru there is an insufficient musical formation. The holistic approach in ARTE PARA CRECER recognizes the importance of art in the formation of students, that it should not be exclusive nor selective, that everyone need to have access to it. To educate in music is very important, it is necessary to explore and appreciate it as an important kind of human language.

ARTE PARA CRECER has been able to develop, in its ten years of experience teaching music to children, a methodological approach that provide children, between the ages of 4 and 15, with a solid formation in musical expression. Its proposal can be summarized as follows:


"the heart 

with its first beat

initiates us in life,

and so too,

music is born"


Luci Astudillo 

(Photo: Cecilia Larraburre)


The need to achieve dreams and utopia leads us to our daily confrontation with challenges that make us turn dreams in reality. Life is an open school for those who want to learn.


ARTE PARA CRECER wants to contribute to musical education in the following ways:


  1. To share its work experience, and show what it has acquired in terms of the application of their own methodology in musical education.

  3. To make Peruvian musical expressions and instruments known among organizations or groups working in education and musical expression.

  5. To support the exchange of methodologies and experiences in musical education among schools and work groups doing research and practicing education for the arts and music among children.

In order to attain these objectives we need to have permanent contact with people interested in musical education in order to learn about other experiences and contribute with our own.

After a 17 year experience teaching music we can actually proof with satisfaction that we can confront life, through art, in a way that enriches our quality as human beings and that it is possible to have a space in which learning is considered a vital fact in daily life based on the cultivation of curiosity, filled with emotion and executed with passion.

Arte para Crecer

Av 28 de Julio 290, Miraflores.

Lima 18. Peru. 

(0051-1) 242-7746>