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September 22, 2016 •• Palestine Community Music
Call for Volunteers: Amwaj Choir Schools in Palestine

Our friends from Amwaj Choir Schools in Palestine are urgently looking for volunteers! The children from our partner Sounds of Palestine sang this summer together with the children from Amwaj, and hope to perform together again in the future. Please read the following call for volunteers to discover if you are the one they are looking for:amwajBrief description of the project:
The Amwaj choir school was created in August 2015. It offers intensive voice-based musical training to children aged 7 to 14, with a weekly program of 8 hours of lessons (Western and Arabic choral singing, vocal technique, creative workshops, music theory initiation, listening sessions, drama workshops, etc.), in addition to music camps and regular concerts. The pedagogical team comprises Palestinian and international teachers, currently working with 55 children over two branches within premises of local cultural centers.

In Hebron, a town suffering from colonization at its heart and isolated from other Palestinians towns, resulting in a society which is closed within itself, the project is kindly hosted by the Association d’Échanges Culturels Hébron-France. In Bethlehem, the project is kindly hosted by the Ghirass Cultural Centre attended by children from towns, villages and refugee camps of that governorate.

We are looking for:

  • Singer and/or Choir conductor experienced in group teaching, ideally specialized in children’s voices.
  • Additional desirable skills: Piano (or other polyphonic instrument), writing/arrangement, music theory, foreign languages.
  • Interested in participating in team work with international and Palestinian teachers. Classes are carried out jointly, with at least one Palestinian (or other Arabic speaking) teacher; meetings are in English.
  • Interested in exploring music education methods tailored to contextual specifications.

We offer:

  • A two-way flight ticket from Europe to Palestine.
  • Accommodation in the Bethlehem area.
  • Transportation between the cities (Bethlehem-Hebron: 45 minutes by public transportation).

We expect from you to:

  • Teach one morning and one afternoon a week in each branch (small to big groups) together with at least one other teacher.
  • Participate in the camps and concerts.
  • Work with the team on the musical and pedagogical program.

For further information about the choir school, please visit our website and our Facebook page:
http://amwajchoir.org
https://www.facebook.com/amwajchoirschools
Are you available for at least one month? Do you want to join our team during the school year 2016-2017?

Please contact:
Mathilde Vittu, artistic director of the project.
Choir conductor and music analysis professor at the Conservatoire de Paris.
mathildevittu@yahoo.fr
+336 82910066
+970 598198059

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