Our School

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

Empowering Children Through Music Education

Our School

Opened in 2013, the KTMP School occupies a modest five-story shophouse building in the heart of “70 Rai,” one of the largest and most centrally located slum areas in Khlong Toey.

This is a safe, positive space where children can let their creativity flourish while they make new friends, have fun and set out on the wonderful journey of music and arts.

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INSTRUMENTS WE TEACH


Piano & keyboard

 

Drums

 

Ukulele, Guitar & Bass

 

Violin

 

Vocal

Seven instructors currently teach private or small group lessons in guitar, ukulele, bass, keys, drums, violin and voice on Thursday evenings. Saturday afternoons are devoted mainly to rehearsals for KTMP’s two bands, one for the younger students and another for those with more experience. The atmosphere is relaxed, but lessons and rehearsals are taken seriously.
Formal music theory is taught in small doses, but KTMP emphasizes rock, pop, folk, soul, reggae and jazz as opposed to classical music. The children are taught how to respond to one another in the context of a band, and ongoing performances at events encourage them to do their best.

Besides the music lessons, KTMP always wanted to expand its program and provide more opportunities for the kids to learn and express their creativity. That is how the school implemented an English program in October 2017, and an art program in May 2018. In total, it’s about 40 kids who attend our weekly lessons.

In addition to the regular lessons and events, the school plays host to various workshops (dance, yoga, capoeira…), games, birthday parties, shared meals, meetings and video conferencing calls with other PFCF-associated schools from around the world. Being in touch — and even singing along — with other kids in Asia and Africa strengthens cross-cultural awareness on both sides, and it’s a lot of fun!

Our Team

Geraldine Nemrod (Gigi)

Founder – Director

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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.

Pimsupa Phakdee (Bo)

Coordinator

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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.

Piyawat Supamit (Aum)

Guitar Teacher

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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.

Atichat Nakhornchai (Kan)

Piano Teacher

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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.

Pichanan Kanhajan (Olive)

Drums Teacher

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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.

Nuttee Namthongborisut (Nut)

Voice Teacher

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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.

Achitpol Sarakitphan (Art)

Bass Teacher

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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.

Nednapa Inpithak (Num)

Ukulele Teacher

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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.

Anyamanee Kongkoon (Oy)

Violin Teacher

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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.

Sarah Bain

English Teacher

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Sarah Bain graduated in Scotland with a degree in Primary Education and has been teaching primary school children since 2013. Her teaching career started in Scotland and then, in 2016, she moved to China and taught English Language Arts to Grade 1 & 2 children for a year in an international school, before moving to Thailand to teach in a kindergarten class. She absolutely loves teaching and enjoys finding different ways to involve children in learning and seeing their progression over time.

Pasida Denkijkul (Lucky)

English Teacher

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Pasida Denkijkul (Lucky) graduated with an economics degree from Thammasat University and is now working as a freelance English-Thai interpreter, a marketer at an educational agency, a facilitator at her family’s business, and many more! She has joined the KTMP team as a volunteer English teacher. According to her, everything she does relates to english, from work, knowledge attainment, to socializing. She acknowledges her chance to have lived abroad and learnt English, and has a dream to give back to Thai society by passing on this knowledge and giving more opportunities to less fortunate children. Volunteering at KTMP has come at the perfect timing for her, and thus she started her journey here with us.

Charathee Muangyoo (Nam)

Arts Coordinator

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;After graduating from Srinakarinwirot University with a degree in Children’s Literature, Nam is now fully devoting her time to educational and reading activities, storytelling, and art classes for children, as well as book editing. She has decided to take on the role of arts coordinator at Khlong Toey Music Program because she believes that visual arts and literature play a major role in these children’s development, and can help build a happy and healthy childhood.

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