La Academia has a new website. Visit us here: https://www.academiadebachata.org/
In collaboration with leading bachata musicians, and The DREAM Project, iASO has established the first and only music program focused on Dominican bachata. La Academia de Bachata's mission is to mentor the next generation of bachateros and bachateras. We offer students a rigorous musical training that will help them to flourish as professional artists.
La Academia de Bachata engages students with a curriculum that builds on techniques that have been employed in the transmission of Dominican music for generations. Our focus is on ear learning and performance in multi-part, multi-instrument groups. With our program's emphasis on cooperative learning, we are building a musical community whose whole is even greater than its parts.
La Academia de Bachata has 100 students who each receive up to 12 hours a week of instruction in guitar, percussion, and voice. Our students range in age from 7 to 21. Each is provided an instrument, which he or she can practice on at school and at home. As students advance, they participate in bands that perform concerts and workshops throughout the Dominican Republic and tour annually in the USA.
La Academia de Bachata has some of the best talent in the local and international music scene on its faculty. With decades of experience and impressive track-records, our teachers help our students to perfect their musicianship, so that one day they can be bachateros and bachateras in their own right. To learn more about them, please visit our faculty profile page.
As the world's only music program dedicated to Bachata, our mission is not only to mentor the next generation of bachata musicians, but also a new generation of bachata teachers. Our advanced students undergo teacher training in addition to ordinary music studies. Several are working as assistant teachers.
The Academia de Bachata is located on the DREAM Project’s Cabarete campus. The DREAM Projects is a US 501c3, and counts Pulitzer author Junot Díaz, and NY Senator Adriano Espaillat among its board of advisers.