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Through regular music classes and performances, we are striving to make a positive difference in the lives of the children of the Khlong Toey slum community
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Khlong Toey Music Program

Our Journey

Established in October 2012 by a pair of lifelong musicians  – Geraldine “Gigi” Nemrod, a French resident of Bangkok, and Siriporn “Amm” Pomwong, a Thai native – KTMP is a non-profit organization born out of a passion to create positive social change through music.

Inspired by the Playing for Change (PFC) movement and related Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF), Gigi and Amm began by arranging music lessons for underprivileged kids in Khlong Toey.

Soon after, PFCF offered its support, and in June 2013, KTMP became the 9th music program to be officially endorsed by Playing For Change Foundation. Today KTMP relies on financial support from PFCF as well as private donations.

In August 2013, KTMP established a small music school in a neighbourhood known as Khlong Toey 70 Rai.

Two times each week, children are taught an array of instruments and voice by a talented team of volunteer music teachers.

Ranging from very young to teenage, roughly 25 kids attend the weekly lessons.

The students regularly come together in the KTMP bands to perform at a wide range of events.

KTMP is always in need of dependable Thai-speaking music teachers who would be willing to volunteer their time after school on weekdays and/or Saturday afternoons on an ongoing basis. If you’re interested, please get in touch and set up a time to visit the school to see how you can make an impact.

The organization continually evolves to provide music education and musical instruments to as many underprivileged kids as possible.

Our Team

A musician since the age of 8, Gigi arrived in Bangkok from France in 2009 and first worked as a scientist at Mahidol University. Searching for something more meaningful after 2 years in Thailand, she followed a passion for music and began to formally teach piano. After about six months spent volunteering for different causes, she began to consider ways to have a consistently positive impact on the lives of those in need. Inspired by Playing For Change, she realized that her calling was to help underprivileged children learn music. That’s when she met Amm, who shared the exact same dream, and within a couple of months they had founded the Khlong Toey Music Program together.

After first beginning to learn music at the age of 12, Aum completed a degree in Music at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University, majoring in Guitar Jazz. Music is like a religion for him — a medium that allows the mind to find peace. Today he’s a professional musician and has taught as a volunteer with KTMP since the beginning. He teaches mainly guitar but can also teach bass when needed. Aum also composes and arranges songs for our various projects.

Bo is a teacher. She teaches English and Thai as a foreign language (Gigi is her student!). She knows that children who have little opportunities in life really need the support of kind-hearted adults. She’s been working in the education field for more than 10 years and believes that teaching knowledge and skills to children at their youngest age is essential for them as they will grow up helping themselves and their own country with these very same knowledge and skills. Bo started to work at KTMP in May 2016 with the hope that music would foster the children’s self development in terms of mood, mind and abilities. She is our “super admin”, helping with promoting the project, communication, translation, coordination and so, so much more.

Mark Chaikree Mungkhreuanglang started teaching himself guitar at the age of 15. His father and mother used to listen to music since he was a child. At the age of 17, he got the opportunity to join the music club of Ramkhamhaeng University. Seeing his seniors playing music inspired him and he started practicing guitar and bass more seriously. At the age of 19 he began performing in restaurants and other venues. Mark says: “Music influences me greatly because it makes me understand the rhythm of life. In each and every step of our daily life, music can have different styles, it depends on what we enjoy listening to. It’s like our very own life, it has many paths that can be walked, and we just walk our way listening to the rhythm of our hearts.”

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I live in a slum, where not many children have the opportunity to learn. Learning music gives me a today.

– Liu, student

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