The core purpose of Pass The Beat is to develop music education programs for disadvantaged children who reside in places around the world -- such as orphanages and refugee/IDP camps -- where resources for the arts are exceedingly limited, if they exist at all.  The absence of music education in a child’s life can be significant. Scientific research over the last decade is proving that music education is a powerful tool in helping children attain their full potential.

  1. It speeds the development of speech and reading skills

  2. It trains children to focus their attention for sustained periods

  3. It helps children gain a sense of empathy for others

Studies show that musically-trained children are better able to distinguish subtle details of speech, leading to improved reading, better comprehension, and a greater ability to interpret what other people – both children and adults – are really saying.  Musically-trained children develop to their full potential because participation in music is inherently rewarding, making children more likely to devote the time and practice necessary to develop strong cognitive and social abilities. And perhaps most importantly, music gives children a means to express themselves, to discover and unleash their creativity, and to be inspired by their boundless capacity for personal growth.

In January 2016, we launched our inaugural Pass The Beat program at the Taman Permata Hati Orphan Center in Ubud, Bali.  There we delivered musical instruments, including ukuleles, djembes, and drum boxes, and arranged for a local music teacher to provide the children with bi-weekly music lessons at the orphanage. Within the first few months, the orphanage’s director observed in the children a previously unseen level of joy and excitement. After five months, the children were prepared to present the first live musical performance at Taman Cota Gianyar in the center of Ubud, as part of a celebration honoring an important local holiday. For all in attendance, the children’s performance was a joyful and soul-affirming event that none will forget.

Since then, we have launched programs in Pokhara Nepal and Urubamba in Peru.

Having met our immediate goals of launching 3 programs, our vision is not short-sighted. Our objective is to support each and every one of our music programs for a minimum of ten years.  We believe strongly that long-term sustainability is necessary if we are to positively impact these children and their communities.

But we can’t do this alone, and so we need your help. If you have the ability to support this endeavor with a monetary contribution, it will go directly towards supporting less fortunate children and their communities.

Thank you so much for visiting this page and learning about our mission.  We could not be more enthusiastic and driven as we seek to create new, life-changing opportunities for children around the world.  We hope you will join us as we embark upon this journey.  


With our sincerest gratitude,

D.J. Joo, Kevin Natali & Ernesto Zarate