Milica Paranosic, Juilliard Faculty; Founder
Give to Grow’s founder, composer and performing artist Milica Paranosic, has been teaching music technology at The Juilliard School in New York City for 15 years. Throughout her career, Milica has worked with and taught some of the most talented artists from around the world. In summer of 2009 she put years of her teaching experience and passion for education towards a new mission: she went to Kopeyia, a small village in Ghana.
Inspired by the rich culture but extremely challenging conditions of the village’s only school, she launched a music technology program at the school, using her own laptop and the school’s single power plug. Milica saw the opportunity to help the community preserve and promote their own culture through the use of technology and public performance.
From humble beginnings that involved one laptop, a vision, and an enormously enthusiastic response from the pupils and residents of Kopeyia, Give to Grow has managed, in just one year, to create a music technology and computer lab in Kopeyia Bloomfield Basic School, to offer two one-month workshop classes in computer use and music technology in the school, and to produce two interdisciplinary performances that featured works of pupils, Kopeyia residents, and international guest artists. Give to Grow is fast gaining recognition and causing curiosity and enthusiasm locally and internationally.
The computer lab is now equipped with six laptops operating current industry-standard software: MS Office; Apple: Garage Band, iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, and Keynote; Ableton: Live and Morton Subotnick’s: Playing Music, Hearing music and Making music — music software for the young users. Give to Grow also donated a color printer, a digital camera, and a variety of office supplies and computer accessories.