WHY LeBAM?

THE RELEVANCE OF DEVELOPING BAND MUSIC TEACHING AND PERFORMANCE IN LEBANON

Music is rightly described as a universal language, the finest conduit for creativity and inter­cultural dialogue. Music should be an essential component of any person’s well-rounded education and culture; it has been such since ancient Greek times and has been proven, in modern days, to: (i) expand the avenues of expression and creativity for youth, (ii) actively contribute to their development and academic performance, and (iii) fulfill their human right to education and culture. Most importantly, music is an art that provides important tools and values of development, diversity and good citizenship. Many countries such as the USA and many European countries have greatly developed the tradition of performing band music in public spaces as well as the teaching of music at schools and conservatoires.

In Lebanon, however, learning and performing music can be wrongly perceived as a luxury, or as a skill to accompany food, marriages or even funerals. Furthermore, music education, especially for youth, has been neglected by many schools, both private and public. Music teaching is perceived at best, as an optional activity and worse as an elitist activity. Moreover, while the official school program, theoretically, provides for the teaching of music, the curriculum needs development, as almost none of the public schools can practically teach music effectively.

While many public and private music programs and schools exist in Lebanon, few (including the National Conservatoire) were successful in developing musicians on wind instruments, who are becoming very rare. None have a sustainable or serious program for developing quality bands and other musical ensembles in rural areas. In that sense, the needs in Lebanon to develop the teaching of music are great.

Therefore, LeBAM hopes to respond to these needs by achieving, through a band music program, a multiplicity of important far-reaching goals of culture, diversity, development and citizenship:

CULTURE:

  1. Develop the students’ educational ability and academic performance, as music lessons improve children’s performance in school and boost their spatial IQ, which is crucial for higher brain functions, as beneficial as complex mathematics. Music also teaches the value of persistence, through sustained exercising over the weeks, months and years.
  2. Fulfill the students’ human right to education and culture, and provide tools for the democratization of music, by freely teaching young students in mostly rural and under-developed communities and families (e.g. by targeting public schools).
  3. Develop intrinsic personal values of expression, creativity, self esteem and gender equality, which music is uniquely capable of developing, through the performance of a beautiful art composed in a variety of styles. Young performers playing in a band will stand-out in their community as the holders of unique skills, capable of creating events and introducing beauty in their lives and in the lives of their families, friends and community. Music is also an art that can be equally mastered by men and women, boys and girls.

DEVELOPMENT:

  1. Provide an opportunity to develop the performance of music as a profession, or as an adjunct source of income (both collectively through the bands, and individually, by each musician). Musicians performing in wind and percussion instruments are in demand in Lebanon, particularly to develop symphony orchestras, teach music or perform at various private events.

DIVERSITY:

  1. Develop the culture of diversity and democracy, deriving from (i) the individual appreciation of various types of music (e.g. Classical, jazz, Lebanese and world music); and (ii) the performance of music on a variety of instruments and a variety of music lines playing in harmony. It is thus ultimately a powerful tool for the development of democracy and an antidote to extremism and fundamentalism.
  2. Develop dialogue and understanding between the diverse groups of participants coming from a variety of regions, cultures and religions of Lebanon. LeBAM will also develop collaboration activities and projects with individuals and organizations from neighboring Arab, Mediterranean and European countries, thus further highlighting the importance of music as a tool for universal understanding and dialogue.

CITIZENSHIP:

  1. Provide practical tools for peace-building and conflict-prevention/resolution. The active participation of young students in the LeBAM programs will be an antidote to violence and idleness that are unfortunately rampant in Lebanese society, particularly among youth. Coupled with the development of respect for diversity, ensemble music is thus, in and by itself, a powerful tool for conflict prevention and resolution.
  2. Develop the culture of team-work, as performing in an orchestra/band teaches discipline and cooperation, traits that are greatly needed in Lebanon.
  3. Develop the culture of precision, as performing in an ensemble forces the most precise rendering of the notes to be played; this prefigures upholding rules in an organized society.
  4. Develop the sense of community service, as the LeBAM bands and ensembles are called to perform in community-based public concerts and to participate in community events, and support other social or charitable activities. 

National Organization

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National Organization

Domiciled at: Beit Mery, Lebanon, Main Street, c/o Office of MP Ghassan Moukheiber Read More...

 

National Harmonic Band

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National Harmonic Band

Started March 2011 (with the concert at the Geneva Victoria Hall) Read More...
 

National Jazz Program

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National Jazz Program

Start March 2015 The Jazz Program allows LeBAM students and all other non-LeBAM interested musicians, Read More...
 

Beit Mery Branch

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Beit Mery Branch

Established Fall 2007

Music Branch Director and Conductor: Mr. Serghei Bolun Read More...

 

Baskinta Branch

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Baskinta Branch

Established Fall 2008

Music Branch Director and Conductor: Mr. Serghei Bolun Read More...

Baakline Branch

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Baakline Branch

Established Fall 2012

Music Branch Director and Conductor: Mr. Antoine Rayes Read More...

Tripoli Branch

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Tripoli Branch

Stablished Winter 2014

Music Branch Director and Conductor: Mr. Barkev Taslakian Read More...

 

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