Binational School for Jewish and Palestinian kids

Apr 1, 2010

Discovering Music with Local Artists

Children listening to Michael Melzer
Children listening to Michael Melzer

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'.”

The artists performing for the children of NSWAS
The artists performing for the children of NSWAS



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Abir Elzowidi

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