Clarinets for Conservation
Clarinets for Conservation provides an interdisciplinary
approach to sustainability through music education. The
clarinet is derived from Tanzania’s national tree, the Mpingo, also known as the African Blackwood and Grenadilla. The tree is of great value to artists, furniture makers, and hardwood carvers all over the world, but the high demand has threatened future sustainability of the tree. Students of the program serve a vital role in educating their families and community members about the importance of protecting natural resources.
During the 2013 Clarinets for Conservation program, students planted nearly 500 mpingo around 15 schools and orphenages in the Kilimanjaro region. When harvested, the value of those trees will be worth over 1 million dollars! Clarinets for Conservation believes that every individual child can make a lasting impact in their community with the right guidance. Education is a bridge for success!