Qatar Music Academy holds workshop for students with intellectual and developmental challenges

Qatar Music Academy holds workshop for students with intellectual and developmental challenges

Publication Date:
17/04/12 2:15 PM
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Qatar Music Academy (QMA), a member of Qatar Foundation, has held a dedicated music educational event specially designed for students with intellectual and developmental challenges.

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Qatar Music Academy (QMA), a member of Qatar Foundation, has held a dedicated music educational event specially designed for students with intellectual and developmental challenges.

Twenty students from the Best Buddies Qatar Organization visited QMA’s music school in Katara Cultural Village for the event. The two hour session gave the students, all aged between 16-20 years, the chance to see traditional Arab instruments such as the ‘ud, qanun, percussion, buzuq and nay being played and to actually participate in a musical performance.

Established in 2008 as a special project of Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasir and a partner to the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs, Best Buddies Qatar works to provide socialization opportunities for people with intellectual challenges and aims to fully integrate them into the community.


Dr. Abdul Ghafour Al Heeti, Principal, QMA, said ‘Whilst QMA is mainly focused on providing the best possible music education, we also believe that music can be used as a powerful tool for community development. Through this workshop with Best Buddies Qatar, we aimed to contribute to the students’emotional development, improve their self esteem, and bolster their cognitive and social functioning through musical experiences.’

Sheikh Mubarak Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Director of Communication and Public Relations at Best Buddies Qatar said, ‘We’re passionate about erasing the invisible line of isolation for people with intellectual challenges, helping them to be equal and dignified members of our society. Music is an integral part of culture and we hope that by giving our students an introduction to the incredibly rich world of music they will be motivated to participate in future cultural activities.’

Qatar Music Academy opened in early 2011 and is one of the newest members of Qatar Foundation. Located in the heart of Katara, its students enjoy cutting-edge facilities, the finest instruments and tuition from renowned international musicians. More information on QMA can be found at www.qatarmusicacademy.com.qa.

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