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Gaza's Only Music School May Close

Asmaa al-Ghoul tells the story of Gaza's only music school, which may have to close as it faces increasing financial pressures.
Members of the Jerusalem Orchestra play their instruments during a concert in the West Bank city of Ramallah January 22, 2012. Founded by Edward Said National Conservatory of  Music (ESNCM) in 2005, the Jerusalem Orchestra is the ESNCM's junior orchestra. It provides its Palestinian students with the experience of playing in an orchestra early in their musical education. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR2WOKI
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During rehearsals in a music school in Gaza, Firas al-Sharafi, age 10, and his friend Abdel Aziz Abu Sharkh, age 11, were playing a song by Lebanese singer Fairuz. The two boys were playing the dulcimer, reading musical notes and occasionally glancing at each other with a smile on their faces.

They dream of joining a big musical group that plays both Eastern and Western musical instruments. Their dream moved closer to reality when they enrolled in the only music school in Gaza five years ago. They go to the school three times a week, and they have mastered the art of reading music and playing both the dulcimer and percussion instruments.

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