Music Outreach/ Music Learning
Pablo Urbina believes that music education is fundamental for children and younger generations. Those kids who develop their artistic side are more in tune with culture and society, strengthen their ability to relate to others, improve their communication and coordination skills and learn from early age the internal reward that anyone feels when they improve at something, whatever that discipline might be. Classical music is not the only option of music of course, but Pablo is fully aware that in order for classical music to survive, we must not impose it upon society but rather teach people how to appreciate it. Giving back to the community must be a very important part of the artistic process of any musician, and this is why Pablo likes so much to take part in music outreach activities. While in the US he became more and more involved with teaching music appreciation, harmony, theory and musicianship, and has continued to do so in the U.K.
He has worked closely with organisations including the Royal College of Music (RCM Sparks), Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Learning & Participation), BBC Proms, Tri-Borough Music Hub and many London music services. Whether as conductor of youth orchestras and ensembles, workshop leader or music teacher, he tries to make of classical music a fun discipline where children can express their inner musicality in whichever form they can. This is what truly matters when teaching music: ” if they enjoy, they will like it, and if they like it, they will be much more inclined to understand why it is so important. We are not only trying to teach future conservatoire students, we are inspiring our future audiences, the future parents of future musical prodigies… we have to make it understandable and accessible in order to make it appreciated”.
Urbina also believes in the importance of music outreach within the community. He has played for elder care centers, Braille institutes, homeless shelters (including Crisis at Christmas), nursing homes and others. In addition he is a big advocate for benefit concerts, as it is one of the ways musicians can make a difference in society. He has benefited many organisations across the globe including Parkinson’s Trust, The Wellness Community for Cancer Patients, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Sue Ryder to name a few. You can often see dress rehearsals for concerts filled with people who otherwise would not normally (or could not) attend a concert. “Everyone deserves a chance to experience the greatness of seeing an orchestra perform live”.