harvey-price steel-drumChristine Barba reports for The University of Delaware Review on a music professor who is setting up a steel-drum band in Israel to unite Jewish and Arab students:

Traveling with 24 cases of musical instruments in a foreign country was not an easy feat, says [University of Delaware] Music Professor Harvey Price, upon his return from his trip to Israel. Price boarded the plane to Israel with so many instruments because he is starting a steel-drum band there for Jewish and Arab students.

Since Israel was established in 1948, there has been tension between Jews and Arabs over territory. Price says he started this band because he wanted to unite students from different religious groups and change their outlook toward one another. “It could be a really amazing movement, or it could impact 20 or 30 kids every year, so that would be great too,” Price says. “The idea is to get a group going probably in a year or so that is capable of touring and showcasing the idea that Arabs and Jews can work together and create music. They’ll play concerts in Israel and Europe and the United States.”

Price traveled to a village in the north of Israel in the Galilee region, where the Mar Elias Educational Institution is located, a school known for working with multi-ethnic groups. He says he joined sixth-grade Arab Muslim and Christian students, along with Uri Nadir, a music teacher in Israel, who will continue practicing with the band after he leaves. The Jewish students, who live farther away, will join the group next month, Price says. Currently, their goal is to teach 20 students—10 Arab students and 10 Jewish students—who were selected by teachers in Israel, Price says.

Price says he has been to Israel about six to eight times, and he previously created two other youth bands in Israel who also play steel drums. One band is made up of Ethiopian refugees who came to Israel, and the other band is comprised of abused and neglected children, he says.

[. . .] During his trip, Price taught students songs from Trinidad because he said people typically associate music from the Caribbean with the steel drum and also taught students about the history of the steel drum. The students have no prior musical backgrounds, Price says. He says he chose the steel drums because they are excellent teaching tools. “As opposed to a string orchestra where it takes about a year to get a sound out of a violin, with this, you can get a sound out of it immediately, and it’s a really beautiful sound,” Price says. [. . .]

Source: Repeating Islands

For the complete article, go to http://www.udreview.com/mobile/music-professor-develops-steel-drum-band-in-israel-1.3112501.

 

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