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Palestine Community Music
We implement programs using music as a tool for community building and social change, in partnership with Sounds of Palestine.
Music for Social Change

Since 2008, Palestine Community Music has grown to become a multifaceted program that empowers youth to express themselves and serve their communities.

The project offers uplifting, music-based activities to young people who lack social or cultural opportunities, and reaches thousands of the most marginalized children of the West Bank. Our programs include Music and Nonviolence Leadership training, music workshops for the deaf and children with special needs and the Musical Playground. We also run special projects using rap as a tool for social change as well as offer Music as Therapy training, in cooperation with Music as Therapy International.

Musical Playground

The Musical Playground program maximizes impact with our limited staff, while retaining the rich diversity of activities and target groups. Thousands of school children each year benefit from regular music workshops including dancing, singing, rapping and body percussion, empowering and engaging children, school staff and families in a festive celebration.

Sounds of Palestine

We work in close cooperation with Sounds of Palestine, supporting the program with training and musical resources. Sounds of Palestine uses music education as a medium for long term social change, offering regular lessons per week to the many participating children. Hundreds of children from Aida and al-Azzeh refugee camp in the Bethlehem area participate in music appreciation lessons, instrument instruction, folk dancing, choir, music theory lessons and orchestral training.

Social Change Through Samba

Musicians without Borders coaches drum groups composed of young Palestinians from refugee camps and villages surrounded by the wall. Samba percussion connects the drummers and the audience with joyful, contagious and empowering rhythms. The samba instruments are used during community events, including nonviolent vigils and percussion workshops for local youth.

Blog / News
November 30, 2018
Enjoy 6 different powerful stories on our programs and how we use music to transform lives. Our first story comes from Palestine, where Program Manager, Fabienne van Eck talks about music making in Dura.
September 4, 2018
Our Palestine Community Music Program Manager on the connection between observation and effective training.
June 10, 2018
As we enter the last phase of the Music as Therapy Blended Learning Course, we learn more about how music therapy is being used in Palestine.
Photos
March 27, 2018
After eight months of studying tutorials provided by Music as Therapy International and writing assignments, our six Palestinian trainees have started their practical work in three different locations.
March 19, 2018
It doesn't happen every day that the school we work in is exactly located...
March 5, 2018
Today we gave two more workshops in a different school in Tqu'a, a village...
February 20, 2018
We visited the public primary school 'al-Huriyah' in Tqu'a village and gave music workshops to 470 boys and girls, age 6-11.
Videos
January 22, 2018
Our partners Sounds of Palestine participated in Palestine Philharmonie's 2nd Winter Music Academy.
November 22, 2017
Our deaf music workshop Halimeh traveled to The Netherlands to participate in Musicians without Borders' Training of Trainers.
June 26, 2017
In April and May our local team of Palestinian musicians worked together with Dutch musicians to perform ‘Fe Beit Fe Holanda’ (In Holland is a House) for 1340 children in Palestine.
June 26, 2016
In November 2015, Musicians without Borders organized a rap workshop leader...