They are led in these activities by over 350 teachers from Arab schools and Jewish schools who have trained together (a rare occurrence in Israel) in Polyphony’s unique approach to music engagement and appreciation. The curriculum and coursework is designed in partnership with the prestigious Levinsky International College of Education.
Every spring, the program concludes with dozens of Explained Concerts performed by a full orchestra in auditoriums holding 400-500 students. Their joy is infectious, as the room of secular and religious Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Druze and Bedouin children and Arab and Jewish teachers and musicians, transforms into an ensemble of music appreciators.
In 2016, the Israeli Ministry of Education invited the Alhan program into new areas in the north and south. By expanding and implementing this program in collaboration with local communities at the grassroots level, Polyphony is closing the music education gap between Arab and Jewish schools. It is also providing a life-changing cosmopolitan experience for Arab children, who often have never travelled by bus out of their village, attended an event with a mixed audience, or experienced a live, full orchestral performance.
Watch a concert moment here.
Polyphony Alhan Music Appreciation Program 2015-2016