Our Summer program in Lebanon with Beit Atfal Assumoud is underway, with a 3-day training in psycho-social music interventions, facilitated by Deborah Parker, which brings together music teachers and students from the M&R project in Saida, Beddawi and Baalbek, Al Kamanjati project Beirut, Rashedie Music project, and KG teachers from many centres. Thanks, as always to Welfare Association Lebanon for the essential financial support!
Our Community Music team arrives Saturday to begin the Summer worshops and Music Camp – stay with us for more news soon!
Prima Materia has just hosted a week-end of training for 3 music therapists, led by Deborah Parker (project coordinator), in order to standardize evaluation rating for the video-recorded data from the research project, investigating the efficacy of music therapy in improving the emotional and social functioning of Palestinian refugee children from Lebanon.
Together with Deborah, Alberto Balducci (Pistoia), Marco Lolli (Bologna) and Alessandra Meneghello (Thiene) will be responsable for the video evaluation, thus completing research data. All data will then be analysed by a statistics team from Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy London UK, prior to publishing, planned for 2020.
The project is sponosored by Welfare Association Lebanon – thank you!
Our April trip focussed on activities with the Beddawi and Saida Community Music groups of Beit Atfal Assumoud بيت اطفال الصمود, providing training workshops directed to the most advanced studentvolunteers, who are learning the basics to teach to the youngest students of the project.
Training and workshops also continued in the Baabek Assumoud Centre in Wavel camp, for the psycho-social music program there.
Thanks to Taawon Lebanon مؤسسة التعاون – لبنان for their support and the field visit to our music project!
On Sunday 10th March 2019, NISCVT psychologists Mohamad Orabi and Liliane Younes qualified as music therapists at the Assisi Music Therapy School, both discussing theses presenting original research within the context of Assumoud’s mental health program.
Our heartfelt thanks to Ulaia ArteSud for the complete and continuous sponsorship of Mohamad Orabi, within the context of the project “Band Without Border”.
Thanks also to Taawon Lebanon مؤسسة التعاون – لبنان, who are sponsoring the continuation of “Music and Resilience” with plans for a new music therapy training cycle, in which Liliane and Mohamad will be teaching and supervising.
The Prima Materia M&R team was back in Lebanon for a week in early January 2019, to set the actions for the year:
– the final touches were put to the music therapy theses of Liliane Younes and Mohamad Orabi, ready for discussion at the Assisi school of Music Therapy on 10th March 2019, when Assumoud will have 2 qualified music therapists amongst its staff ranks!
– community music student volunteers in Beddawi and Saida worked with Henry Brown to structure support for the younger children in the groups.
– plans were finalised for multiple training programs to be implemented during 2019, ranging from community music teaching, through kindergarten music activity and psycho-social music support, to clinical anc community music therapy.
Prima Materia contributed to Assumoud’s annual Mental Health Conference with a paper by Deborah Parker on the Musicality of Infant-Parent Communication and a workshop for conference participants on Vocality by Emiliano Nigi.
Emiliano also trained Assumoud staff for 2 days on vocal techniques.
The Community Music groups in Beddawi and Saida continued working with musical director Henry Brown, in preparation for the 2019 actions, which were discussed in meetings with Assumoud and the project’s main sponsor, Taawon Lebanon مؤسسة التعاون – لبنان.
Assumoud Kindergarten teachers in music training with PM, July 2018
In August we received a further, generous donation from our friends in Sherborne (Dorset), UK, through the Cheap Street Methodist Church committee, to help us to continue “Music and Resilience”. Our warmest thanks to everyone who contributed.
4 Prima Materia professionals are planning the next visit to Lebanon in mid October, combining follow-up, evaluation and 2019 planning meetings with specific actions:
- music therapy coordinator Deborah Parker will be presenting a paper at the NISCVT Annual Mental Health Conference, 19-20 October 2018 at the American University Beirut;
- vocal trainer Emiliano Nigi will run a conference workshop, and give 2 days training to NISCVT workers;
- community music coordinator Henry Brown will begin a training program for the student volunteers in Saida and Beddawi centres, to equip them for peer-to-peer education within the community music groups;
- coordinator and documentation manager Dario Gentili will be collecting material for a forthcoming documentary on how the project has developed during the past 3 years.
Keep supporting us – all contributions represent vital sustenance for M&R – Thank you!