Developing leadership in students is already an established goal of the BLUME organization. The collective practice of music inherently requires teamwork and leadership by breathing together, playing with the same bowings, sharing musical ideas, and simply playing together. At times, however, these practices are not enough to form leadership and teamwork in students. Children and youth will only truly understand the meaning, roles, and responsibilities of leadership by experiencing it. What better way to practice leadership than by leading small but important changes at camp?
It is recommended that BLUME Haiti prioritize the creation of student committees. These committees may result in more committed and motivated students, the development of local leaders, and a more well-organized camp experience. The second and third recommendations—5-minute meetings with leaders, after-camp responsibilities—may be implemented in parallel with the student committees. None of these recommendations require any extra financial support.
These recommendations may also be implemented at other music camps or in the daily activities of music schools, and may be adapted to the needs and characteristics of each institution. The goal of these recommendations—to develop leadership in students in conjunction with their musical training—must remain the primary focus. Leadership and teamwork skills, like musical skills, are developed by practice.