Sharjah: Due to the shortage of music teachers in the Arab world Sharjah celebrated the opening of the first specialised centre to teach music which emphasised the emirate’s focus on becoming the capital of culture and arts.
Furat Qaddouri music centre was opened in Al Qasba under the patronage and presence of Shaikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority Shurooq, and was also attended by Marwan Bin Jasem Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq.
The founder of the centre, Furat Qaddouri, an internationally recognised artist who taught Arabic music and heritage in Belgium and Germany, decided to open the centre to follow in his father’s footsteps in educating future generation about Arabic music.
“I come with the legacy of my late father, who was one of the early Arab composers who focused on educating a generation of children through music and composition of music. I saw a serious interest in music education in Europe while it started to lose its brightness in the Arab world,” said Qaddouri.
“The focus must be regained on the importance of musical culture in the upbringing of the young generation and the criticality of the sustainability of our musical heritage,” he added.
Qaddouri also stated that he chose to start from the UAE because it enjoys international prestige as a hub for culture, arts and intellect and serves the objectives of the centre in focusing on educating future generations and promoting the role of music in the exchange of cultures.
During the ceremony the high skill-set the team of teachers possesses was showcased in order to prove that they are committed to training students to the best standards and according to best international practices.
In the future the centre hopes to hold musical festivals in Qanat Al Qasba on a cultural exchange basis between Arab and western music, aiming to build on this type of art and to help children play an active role in the continuation of Arab music and its sustainability for generations to come.