Workshop with children in Beit Hanina

In the Al Manara-school in Beit Hanina/ east Jerusalem, children and youths from the Shuafat refugee camp are taught. Because of the local conflict, quite a few of them are heavy traumatized. They have no contact to music in their every-day life, either as therapeutic offer, nor music lessons.

In April 2016, I got the occasion to work 9 days long with these wonderful kids and their professors. From 9h to 14h we focused on topics like rhythm, relaxation and singing.The children came in different groups, and after a few days also in single therapy. Everyone showed a huge interest, in the musical offers, without exception. Each of the wanted more, and longer. It was impressive how the children could easily dive into relaxation, and how much they enjoyed it.

Improvisation on the piano in the AlManara School in Beit Hanina. This child never sat in front of a piano before. On a constant ground rhythm, given by the therapist, he built an exciting and imaginative improvisation. A great talent, that can be expressed for the first time here.

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In this setting, a child makes a musical phrase, and waits for the answer. A nice example of a musical dialogue and its development.