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World Heart Beat Music Academy

The World Heart Beat Music Academy envisions a world where music, as a universal form of communication, bridges cultural, political, economic and linguistic barriers.

The Academy aims to bring the myriad of the world’s cultures together through music, providing an environment where all people can experience harmony with their fellow citizens and be empowered to create a feeling of identity and oneness with humanity at large.

Believing in the power of music to transform lives, the World Heart Beat Academy creates educational experiences where young people are inspired to achieve excellence in a vast array of musical forms.

The World Heart Beat Music Academy is a specialist world music academy for young people in London, which not only brings and teaches music from all over the world but also provides disadvantaged youth with instruments and tuition.

“Learning a musical instrument gives a child an immense sense of achievement. The emotion, discipline and structure involved, takes them on a journey far beyond their initial expectations, and they soon recognise that there are no limits.” – Sahana Gero, Musical Director

Expanding the Art of Possibility

Every child is born with an inalienable connection to music which begins with that most essential rhythm of life – the heart beat. This connection is a potential source of joy, vitality, purpose and relationship through the childhood years and into adulthood. It can develop into a language which expresses the value of each individual and bridges cultural and social divides. Learning and playing music with others enables young people to feel that they are a part of something, something that nobody can take away from them. This confidence translates to other areas of their life, giving them the freedom to make choices and to be happy and successful adults.

These life skills have never been more important than in the current global economic situation. We hear speak of a ‘lost generation’ of young people. Commentators point to the widening socioeconomic gap and the seemingly intractable problem of marginalised young people who can see no way out of their disadvantage and isolation. In the face of this overwhelming sense of powerlessness, we believe in the art of the possible, in the power of music to transform lives. In fact we don’t just believe it, we have seen it happen.

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  1. Liz 06/08/2014 at 10:44 am #

    Dear Sahana,

    I’m completely in awe of how much you have achieved with the academy.

    Kind regards,

  2. Tess Siobhan 06/08/2014 at 10:44 am #

    Thank you for your commitment and dedication to teaching.

  3. Tayyaba 06/08/2014 at 10:45 am #

    Thank you for giving me an opportunity to volunteer for you. I can never say enough thanks for your kindness and cooperation.

  4. Jean-paul 06/08/2014 at 10:45 am #

    It was great to visit the music academy and get to know with Sahana. She is an amazing person and it is great that Gucci Timepieces involves in this initiative.

    Thanks a lot and best regards.


  5. Charlotte Coad 06/08/2014 at 10:46 am #

    Thank you so much for the band. Benjy is absolutely loving it!

    Best wishes

    Charlotte Coad

  6. Madini 06/08/2014 at 10:46 am #

    Thank you for all you do for our children. It is appreciated!

  7. Shambhu 06/08/2014 at 10:46 am #

    You clearly make things happen and put your heart into it.
    You’re inspiring and changing lives for the good…
    So it’s a thrill to read this story.


  8. Kevin Flournoy 06/08/2014 at 10:48 am #

    I hope you are doing well too. Thanks for sending this article to us. What a great article this is! It’s a great summary of everything that’s happening with the school. You have done such a great job creating something that will undoubtedly benefit not only the kids but our world music community as a whole. This school is bringing people together through music..as it should.

    Once again I enjoyed spending time with you and your students and I truly hope there will be more to come.

    much love,

    Kevin Flournoy
    Kay Flow Projects LLC

  9. Katherine 06/08/2014 at 10:48 am #

    Daisy has really enjoyed her lessons and her time with Worldheartbeat. You have been very supportive of her and we are going to miss you all.

    Katherine x

  10. Mara 06/08/2014 at 10:48 am #

    Hi James,
    I would just like to say thank you for letting me do work experience at World Heartbeat, I had a really great time and I learned a lot.

    Thank you again,

  11. Sheila 24/11/2015 at 1:57 pm #

    Many thanks for such a wonderful evening last Friday. You must be so proud of all the success you have achieved with the World Heart Beat Music Academy.
    All those that participated in the 51st State Band exhibited many talents and obviously were having a great deal of fun performing. The all round ability of your students and staff is amazing.

  12. Wilfie 03/02/2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Just wanted to say thanks again for your amazing work/playing on Monday.

    It was a fantastic experience and a lovely atmosphere. I couldn’t have done it without your incredible efforts.

    Hope I might be able to make it down to World Heart Beat more often.

  13. Cllr. Steffi Sutters 25/02/2016 at 7:09 pm #

    I think the work you are doing, and the results you are achieving, are outstanding

  14. Lindy 07/03/2016 at 6:36 pm #

    Ashlyn has totally loved being under your influence and has a renewed enjoyment of her flute because of your positive input. You are challenging her and believing in her which has made a huge difference in how she sees herself. Thank you.

  15. Chantelle 13/04/2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Thanks to all at World Heart Beat for making it possible for kids from all walks of life to learn to play instruments. It’s nice to know that my daughter is doing so well.

  16. Jeremy 13/04/2016 at 4:19 pm #

    Thanks so much for your generous hospitality yesterday evening. You have a marvellous facility which must be a boon and force for great good to the hundreds of young people who pass through your doors. More power to you and your team.

  17. Alistar's mum (Sarah ) 27/06/2016 at 8:02 pm #

    Thanks for helping my kids understand the real consept of music

  18. Alistar's mum (Sarah ) 27/06/2016 at 8:07 pm #

    To be honest I think the piano and the double bass are great instruments Alistar never used to listen but look at him now dancing to the rhythm

  19. Elloise 27/06/2016 at 8:12 pm #

    My daughter is very thankful that she has made it this far in French horn and to all the amazing people that helped her all the way to grade 6 without a sweat or a mere moment of doubt .

  20. Tommy 01/08/2016 at 1:07 pm #

    Thank you for this awesome month I spent with you at World Heart Beat. It’s been a pleasure meeting and working with you all

  21. Daniela 08/08/2016 at 1:36 pm #

    Thanks so much for Tommi’s work experience! He came back from London very excited and happy .. Every evening he told me all about you and about his work in academy !!!

  22. Theo's mum 06/03/2017 at 2:06 pm #

    Theo absolutely loved the whole experience. The space and organisation you have is wonderful and I’m sure you were aware that Theo was enthralled by all the instruments and sound systems you have.

  23. Alex 06/03/2017 at 2:13 pm #

    From the first time I saw all of the guys out at 606 I thought it was definitely something we wanted to support and it is an absolute pleasure to do so. Asides from the fact that we really like working with you personally, we love seeing your young musicians perform too as do our staff!

    To a long and fruitful collaboration!

  24. Roma 06/03/2017 at 2:19 pm #

    Thank you for lessons – my son loves it in heartbeat – such a lovely atmosphere!

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