The Marianas Music Association held a music clinic on Tinian over the weekend in the spirit of preserving and promoting indigenous music.
According to MMA president J.J. Concepcion, he and five other MMA members travelled to Tinian over the weekend to host a music clinic at Tinian High School and Tinian Elementary School. Other members of the MMA who took part in the music clinic were Leo Pangelinan, James Selepeo, Gus Litulumar, Pat Romolor, and Alfred Saures.
The training lasted two days and covered over 400 students. The students were able to learn the basics of playing the ukulele, guitar, composing music, audio engineering, and the history of local music.
Concepcion hopes to return to Tinian to guide the students into further advancing their talents. “Hopefully we can go back out there again and take it to the next level.”
According to Concepcion, the goal is to mentor the students to get them to the performance level. “The importance of the clinic is to get the children out of their shells and expose them to bigger things.”
Concepcion also plans to get the students to record for Dandan Marianas, a website that features the compositions and renditions of local musicians.
“I hope to get the students to jam local music and get them on Dandan Marianas,” he said.
The Dandan Marianas website was created by Guam musician Elijah Reyes.