Sulamot, meaning both a ladder and a musical scale in Hebrew, is an innovative and inspiring music education program for children at risk of all sectors in Israel.
The learning process in Sulamot is based on the experience of playing in ensembles: group learning and practice, frequent performances, as well as consistent individual attention within and beyond the group setting.
Sulamot focuses primarily on children in peripheral areas and underprivileged communities with the least resources and greatest needs. By establishing youth orchestras in disadvantaged areas throughout the country, we believe that Sulamot will help to inculcate values in children and develop their musical as well as their social skills. The program will also instill a feeling of motivation, pride, belonging and hope in the families of the children.
Sulamot was created as a joint program with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Tel Aviv University in October 2010.
To date 1200 children learn to play in eighteen Sulamot orchestras and a special program for blind children.
The Structure of Sulamot
SULAMOT- Music for Social Change, was inspired by "El Sistema" the international award winning orchestral program in Venezuela, but adapted to suit the state of Israel and our particular issues. Instead of creating a new organization, we have chosen to create Sulamot as a collaboration between various existing organizations that have a long-standing history of excellence in their respective fields:
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), Israel’s foremost musical ambassador, which consist of Israel's leading instrumental players. Members of the IPO visit the projects and play for and work with the children regularley. The children are also invited to attend concerts of the IPO at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv University. The Buchman Mehta School of Music trains the young teachers who teach in the program, and the Bob Shapell School of Social Work gives the teachers support and guidance and conducts a research to evaluate the progress of the children in Sulamot.
A unique aspect of Sulamot is the collaboration between the program’s teachers and the (Israel Defense Forces) IDF’s Unit for Outstanding Musicians, in which soldiers practice regularly with the children and operate the practice system of Sulamot.