This project aims to preserve and promote traditional Syrian music and musical instrument making among refugee communities in Lebanon and Jordan.
Action for Hope runs two music schools – one in Beqaa, Lebanon and one in Amman, Jordan. These schools provide a specialized, methodical, and regular 18-month music study program that includes over 700 hours of teaching per student. The curriculum includes music theory, music history, solfege, English, life skills, and general culture appreciation classes. Students are given a choice of studying singing or playing one of the following instruments: Oud, Bozouq, Accordion, Clarinet, Saxophone, Cello, Violin, Ney, or percussion. The teaching is delivered by qualified music teachers based in Lebanon and Jordan, and visiting teachers from other countries. In 2016 and 2017, music school students and graduates in Lebanon and Jordan gave 11 concerts that were attended by over 1500 people.
Graduates of the Action for Hope music school are supported to enroll in a one-year professional development phase where they are offered a more advanced level of individually tailored professional training. During this phase, they form small music ensembles that perform and tour semi-professionally. In Lebanon, these ensembles include: Awj, Jawab, Sharq, and Zhourat, each consisting of 5 to 7 musicians and singers.