Academia de Bachata engages children with free, intensive instruction in the traditional music of Latin America and the Caribbean.

We partner with leading arts institutions to spread knowledge of Dominican musical culture worldwide.

Welcome to the World's first Bachata School

Teaching music through the local idiom and embracing local arts and culture helps to strengthen self-esteem at the community level.

By providing music education to its students and a safe place for them to flourish, Academia de Bachata aims to be a catalyst for social development.

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The Opportunity

The two national musics of the Dominican republic are Bachata and Merengue. They have been recongnized by UNESCO and are enjoyed throughout the world.

 

Despite its success, Dominican music is rarely taught in schools. We are one of the few music programs available for Dominican children, and the only one to offer comprehensive studies in bachata, merengue, and other regional genres.

Our Solution

We engage at-risk youth with fun, culturally relevant music programs that fosters personal growth, artistic expression, professionalism, and teamwork. Children that study music build self-confidence and perform better academically. Bachata’s global popularity means that our graduates have an opportunity to build meaningful careers in music.

Our Impact

The over 300 students enrolled in our daily instrument and voice classes receive more than 28,000 hours of individual and group instruction per year. 

Student bands perform throughout the DR, and have traveled to the US to perform 31 concerts and workshops attended by 7,500 children of US Schools.

 

12 advanced students are enrolled in teacher training, building capacity for future education.

8 of our graduates recently entered university music programs in Santo Domingo and Puerto Rico.