Posted on March 27, 2012

Qatar Music Academy (QMA) held a special music educational event designed to give a fun and inspiring introduction to Arab music to fifth grade children from the Mesaieed International School.

65 students from Mesaieed International School travelled to QMA’s music school in Katara Cultural Village for the event. The hour-long session gave children the chance to see traditional Arab instruments such as the ‘ud, qanun, percussion, buzuq and nay being played and the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the unique music of the region.

After the workshop, the children had another treat in store when they were taken to the Katara Opera House, adjacent to QMA, to watch a rehearsal of the strings section of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. This gave them another different perspective of music - in this case, the performance of a full piece of Western orchestral music.

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Dr. Abdul Ghafour Al Heeti, Principal, QMA, said: ‘Our mission at QMA is two-fold. Firstly, we strive to further music education in Qatar and, secondly, we aim to foster music appreciation in the local community. The event we held today enabled us to do both, giving the youngest children a valuable insight into the world of music’.

Mr. Issa Boulos, Head of Arab Music, QMA led the event. He said: ‘This event is part of our ongoing programme of outreach activities, through which we hope to transmit our passion of music to the wider local community. By giving these children an introduction to the incredibly rich musical heritage of the Middle East, and exposure to Western traditional orchestral music, we hope that they will be inspired to take up music studies themselves.’

Qatar Music Academy opened in early 2011 and is one of the newest members of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Located at the heart of Katara, its students enjoy cutting-edge facilities, the finest instruments and tuition from renowned international musicians.

More information on QMA can be found at www.music.com.qa.

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