4 November 2023

MusicArt Society – Nepal

The Tasmanian chapter of ASME is a supporter of the MusicArt Society – Nepal. You can keep up to date on the MusicArt Society’s activities on Facebook here

Cynthia Howard and Jon Madin in Nepal

Cynthia Howard, a past chair of the TASME committee, toured with Jon Madin to Nepal in January 2018. As many of you may be aware, Cynthia has been visiting Nepal over the past two years and from these tours Cynthia has made films, taken lots of photos, written articles of her visits which gained the attention of music educator Jon Madin. Jon was most impressed by this work and because of his previous experience in working in other countries such as Timor, Jon expressed an interest in the possibility of building instruments in Nepal. This would be a great inclusion to the MusicArt Society program.

MusicArt Society already had some xylophones and two glockenspiels from Cynthia’s first trip to Nepal. Marimbas would only enhance the existing musical family. This was a fantastic idea because not only would the school gain two marimbas, but the community would learn how to build such instruments to expand or to sell as a form of income for the school. Jon also wanted to make a set of ding boxes. Ding boxes are a set of boxes that you jump on. They are in the scale of C major and you can add them where ever you like in your music. They great fun and were overwhelmingly accepted by all at MusicArt Society.

Cynthia set up a GoFundMe page and managed to raise over $1,700 through close friends, work colleagues and from Illawarra Primary School who hosted an event which raised $250. There was enough to pay for our materials, Taxi’s and tools.  There is still some money remaining which was kept aside for further instrument making and/or to support Sumit Pokhrel to attend the ISME International Conference in Baku.

Cynthia said the participation from the students was overwhelming. They would turn up daily ready for the next step of making the instruments, chizzling out wood to make the notes for the marimba, sanding, sawing, measuring, glueing, even finding where to get a good coffee for Jon.

Once the instruments could be used, students would jam in the afternoon to many of Jon’s tunes which also included dancing and singing.

Cynthia also caught the eye of the National TV company, Nepali TV and was interviewed live for 20 minutes with snippets of film with Jon and the children working on their instruments.

This was a highly successful trip and Jon thinking of returning to Nepal to make more instruments in the future.

Cynthia would like to personally thank the students and teachers of Nepal for being so enthusiastic by engaging in this program so eagerly, and to Jon Madin for offering his time for free and paying his own way to help others, to all the GoFundMe financial donors, Mark Barrent for his donation of five Ukuleles and to TASME for the organisation’s continued support of MusicArt Society.

If you would like to donate to this worthy project, please pay via direct deposit to;

Australian Society for Music Education Tasmania Chapter

BSB 067100                                        

Acc No 28011437

Reference – Nepal


Please follow the links below to hear Jon work with the new instruments at MusicArt Society and Cynthia on Nepali TV;






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