In 2016, the Goethe-Institut Lebanon opened a music school to sponsor and support musical training for talented Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian children and adolescents in Lebanon.
50 musically gifted children with migrant or refugee backgrounds – 25 girls and 25 boys – receive three semesters of music lessons in the two branches of the music school, Nadi Nasser (Beqaa) and Najda Now (Shatila). Ten instructors teach music theory, music history and reading sheet music three times per week. Practical lessons give the young musicians the opportunity to learn classical Arabic string and percussion instruments, or the accordion, and to take part in choir and singing practice. The music school also provides three intensive workshops at both locations in addition to its regular courses. Due to a lack of public transportation, both the learners and instructors are taken to the school and back home again as part of the project. The course culminates in a final concert at a theatre in Beirut, where the children and adolescents can show their parents and a public audience just how far they’ve come as musicians.
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