It was a memorable day for Malini Nageswaran and her husband, Vinesh Kumar Palani when the children of Pure Life Society shelter home performed a string of musical numbers for their ’graduation night’.
Along with her husband, Malini couldn’t be more proud of her students. The couple has been providing music and leadership lessons for residents of the shelter home.
“We give them vocal lessons and teach them basic music fundamentals. We introduce instruments to them and even teach them rhythm and beats,” said Malini.
The pilot programme, My Music Gang, first began in February and uses music as a tool to instill leadership values in the kids.
The couple would visit the children every Tuesday to develop their vocal and musical abilities. This presents a different set of challenges as Malini juggles her time at the shelter with her full time job as a mathematics teacher. Lessons are given to a group of 20 students, ranging from the age of seven to seventeen.
Even though, the programme has been running for four months, the positive outcome was already apparent when the children started performing on stage. Malini proudly shared, “the girl who was emceeing the event in English, she was actually a reserved person and would never talk to a stranger. But she emceed the whole event that day.”
“There was another boy singing Rasa Sayang. Before this, he did not even know how to speak Bahasa Malaysia.”
This is exactly why she chose to teach music. Unlike other school subjects, Malini feels that music has the capability of developing cognitive, social and emotional skills in children. Through acquiring these set of skills, students will be able to thrive and succeed.
Malini’s dedication and passion for teaching is truly inspiring. Kudos to this couple for their efforts in raising the next generation of leaders!
*Featured image sourced from The Star