In February, Yael and Michael Melzer, professors at the Jerusalem Academy of Dance and
Music, came to Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam to meet the children at school. All the
pupils, divided into three 45-minute-sessions by age, had the opportunity to participate in
a fascinating musical and educational activity. The couple presented its collection of wind
instruments, 13 historical flutes of different ages, shapes and sizes, most of them natural,
made entirely of wood. The two musicians played a selection of short musical pieces from
the Middle Ages to contemporary times.
The artists used the unique multi-cultural setting of the school to emphasize the social role
of music, beyond its cultural and aesthetic value: “We want the children to learn to listen,
because we believe that the source of violence, especially nowadays, lies precisely in our
inability to listen”, says Prof. Melzer. “In Hebrew the word 'ilem' (dumb) and the word
'alimut' (violence) are semantically connected: if you are 'ilem,' then you become 'alim.'
On the contrary, if you are able to listen, you also become able to express yourself, and
there is no need for you to become 'alim'.”
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