Sulamot – music for social change

Text Robin Mayer
Photos Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation
Playing music together and using music to share values with children that will help them as they grow up in disadvantaged regions in Israel – this is the goal of the project. Sulamot (Engl.: “musical scale”) was launched in October 2010 as a joint programme with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Tel Aviv University.


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The Social and Emotional Outcome of Participation in the Sulamot – Music for Social Change Program

The Regine Sixt Children’s Aid Foundation supported the Sulamot programme at two of the country’s schools by purchasing a number of musical instruments. With the Foundation’s help, a total of 120 Muslim and Jewish children play music together on clarinets, saxophones, double basses, and flutes in the Sulamot orchestras. Zubin Mehta, Musical Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, expresses his deep gratitude: “With the generous support provided by the Regine Sixt Children’s Aid Foundation for the Sulamot programme, we will also be able to make the world a better place for the disadvantaged children in Be’er She.

Over 10,000 children, including 60 blind and visually impaired children, in the third to twelfth grades, have already received free intensive private/group music instruction on a variety of instruments, such as the trumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone, clarinet, percussion instruments, violin, cello, guitar, oud, darbuka and qanon. As well as playing in eighteen wind and string orchestras and staging live performances, the children also take part in an annual gathering and performance at the Tel Aviv Cultural Center, home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. These children come from all over the country – Beer Sheva, Mitzpeh Ramon, Arad, Rechovot, Yavneh, Tel Aviv- Jaffa, Pardes Hana, Haifa, Carmiel, Afula , Nazareth and from the Bedouin sector. They receive music lessons from talented musicians who play and perform on stages across the country and inspire each and every child they work with. Sulamot – Music for Social Change teaches that everything is possible and that music is the key to success.

In active cooperation with the SIXT corporate and franchise countries, the Regine Sixt Children’s Aid Foundation has been able to support over 200 projects in more than 50 countries around the world in recent years.


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