藝術家的療癒空間!菲律賓音樂學院扎根藝文種子 | Music school provides healing space for aspiring artists in the Philippines

於 1993 年創立、座落於菲律賓三描禮士省(Zambales)漁村的一間音樂學校——Casa San Miguel 深耕當地已達 27 年,這所學校創辦人正是在茱莉亞學院(Juilliard School)受過教育的傑出小提琴表演家 Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata。

作為孕育藝術、音樂和菲律賓文化的綠洲,Casa San Miguel 在這個領域可謂是先鋒者。

Deeply rooted in a fishing village on the coast of Zambales in the Philippines, Casa San Miguel was founded in 1993 by acclaimed Juilliard School-trained concert violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata.

As an oasis for art, music, and Filipino culture, Casa San Miguel is the first of its kind. 

在 Casa San Miguel 採取一種混合學習和教學的教育方式,讓各年齡有才華的藝術家都能發揮自己的才能, 並與他人建立更深的交流。透過這種導師機制,13 歲的 Zildjian 有機會把自己對音樂的熱愛傳給更年輕的孩子們。

With a hybrid learning pedagogy consisting of learning and teaching, aspiring artists of all ages are able to develop their skills and form deep connections with one another.

Through a system of mentorship, 13-year-olds like Zildjian are encouraged to pass on their love for music to younger children. 

在這裡,所有人都受到學校歡迎,「這是一個治療孩子的地方,對許多藝術家而言,這也是個療癒空間」。

At San Miguel, everyone is welcome, “it is a therapeutic place for kids. It is also a healing space for artists.”

對 13 歲的小女孩 Zildjian 來說,在 Casa San Miguel 度過的半個人生奠定了她對小提琴和教音樂的熱愛。她表示:「沒有音樂,我的一天就不完整。音樂是我表達感受與情緒的方式」。

For Zildjian, half a lifetime at Casa San Miguel has cemented her love for playing the violin and teaching music.

“My day is incomplete without music. It is how I express my feelings and emotions”, she said.

儘管學校不斷訓練學生並協助他們為進入頂尖藝術和音樂學校做準備,Casa San Miguel 真正的教育理念卻不止於此,而是希望能幫孩子們探索對藝術的熱情,並將藝術轉換成一種自我表達的媒介。

Even as the school continues to train and prepare students for a spot at the top art and music institutions in the nation, Casa San Miguel’s primary mission is to help all children explore their passions and transform the arts into a medium of self-expression. 

在經歷 20 多年後,人們依然會到 Casa San Miguel 參訪、教學並在此居住,獨特的環境讓這裡成為菲律賓教育、音樂、文化交流的指標地點,也為下一代藝術家和音樂愛好者提供了一個充滿活力的寶地。

After more than 2 decades, people continue to visit, teach, and reside at Casa San Miguel, making it a unique and important focal point for the intersections of art, education, music, and culture in the Philippines.

It is home to a vibrant hub of artists and music lovers of the next generation.