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Children learn to play the oud in Gaza

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Palestinian student Mohammed Rohmi, 15, works on an oud during a string instrument repair and maintainance workshop offered by the Gaza Music School Project at the Qattan Center for the Child (QCC), in Gaza City, March 18. Located in the Palestinian Red Crescent building in Tel el Hawa district, the center welcomes about 120 children, boys and girls, between the age of six and eleven. The children attend classes three times a week after school. Although tuition is free, all the students must show proficiency in rhythm and musical ear in competitive entrance tests. The center is the first of its kind in the Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian girl Sham Abu Maddin, 10, plays an oud during music lessons offered by the Gaza Music School Project at the Qattan Center for the Child (QCC), in Gaza City, 09 March 2012. Located in the Palestinian Red Crescent building in Tel el Hawa district, the center welcomes about 120 children, boys and girls, between the age of six and eleven. The children attend classes three times a week after school. Although tuition is free, all the students must show proficiency in rhythm and musical ear in competitive entrance tests.

European Pressphoto Agency reports: The Gaza School of Music was founded in 2008 thanks to funds from the Abdul Mohsen Al-Qattan Foundation and the Swedish government.

Children can learn to play various instruments such as the oud (lute), tabla, qanun, violin, piano and guitar. European as well as Arab classical music is taught.

Watch a BBC audio slideshow on the school.