About Us

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

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.

Art (Arthur) first studied electone when he was about 8 years old, but he really found interest in music around 15 years old. He started to learn guitar and to jam with his friends in the school band, sometimes playing an instrument, sometimes another. That way, he is now able to play drums, bass, piano, and to sing as well. Art didn’t get to study music at the university because his family wasn’t very favorable to that (he studied electric engineering at Thammasat university before changing for a Bachelor in advertising and marketing at Chiang Mai University). But his love for music led him to become a music teacher. He now teaches privately and, since January 2018, at KTMP as well, so that children can use their free time in a productive, fun and creative way.

Aoy first started learning viola at the age of 18 and studied classical music at Bansomdej Chaophraya University in 2552, with a major in Viola. She studied with Phoonsook Goolabuang and Juris Madrevich thanks to a scholarship from the Sookri Jaroensook foundation. The following year she joined the Dr.sax chamber orchestra and entered the Princess Galyani Vadhana International Ensemble Competition in 2013 and 2014. She teaches violin at Khlong Toey Music Program since 2014.

The first time Kan played music was in high school, when his friends persuaded him to join the school music club. The following year he entered the Luk Thung band (Thai country music) at the school until he graduated. He then went on to study music at the Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi and graduated with a Bachelor degree. Since then he has been teaching music professionnaly, focusing on piano and string instruments. Kan joined the Khlong Toey Music Program in May 2017. He saw an announcement on facebook, mentioning that KTMP was looking for a piano teacher. Kan aspires at developping the potential and music abilities of our students and wants to use music to soften their heart.

Olive started to learn drums at the age of 10, thanks to her father who taught her. She kept practising on her own as she grew up and in high school she developed an interest for guitar as well. She started to teach herself, then decided to learn further and study guitar as a major for her bachelor degree. Olive just graduated in 2016 and at the time didn’t have much experience in teaching music. But since then, she’s become a professional teacher and she’s learned a lot through the process. Each time she brings her students to perform on stage, she feels excited for them and proud of the outcome of her teaching. She feels good when she realises she is able to give children new abilities and make them play music.

Num started playing music at the age of 7. Her very first teacher was her father. At that time, Num considered music as a real challenge for her skills. She believed that one had to practice very hard in order to become as good as these famous artists she liked. She started practicing with the aim of taking the university entrance examination. She dedicated herself to learning, for a “happiness that was only external” to herself. But as the time passed, she started thinking differently and music slowly appeared as something beautiful that could make her happy from inside as well. For Num, music is an inspiration and she can also rely on it to guide her spirit. It’s for this reason that she wanted to teach the children at Khlong Toey. Because she believes that during childhood and teenage years, kids need someone to show them the right way. We can’t oblige them to follow, but we can use music as a media to show them the direction. Num hopes that music will be like an immunity for them to be able to choose and to distinguish how to lead their own life in a good way.

Nut started to practise singing and joined his first singing contests when he was 12 years old. Besides the contests, Nut has been singing professionally in various events since he was a child, in order to support his family and lighten their load. About 200 stages later, he took the entrance examination to study at Burapha university, graduating a few years later, with a major in Voice. Nut feels that songs, and music in general, have a spiritual value. They help heal people’s heart and mind. When he was a kid, Nut didn’t have money to learn singing in expensive music schools. That’s where he sees the value of music, the value of these kids who share the same dreams. He wants them to grow up following the music path, he wants them to get a job where they can provide for themselves and their family. That’s why he started teaching at Khlong Toey Music Program.

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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