Over a Century of Teacher Education in Hebrew
Levinsky College of Education (LCE) operates cultural programs and special projects for the community and builds partnerships with municipal and regional educational systems.
Partnerships across the country
For more than a decade, LCE has maintained Professional Development School (PDS) partnerships with schools and local authorities in collaboration with pedagogues and administrators of the Ministry of Education. All told, 58 kindergartens and schools in 13 cities across Israel are partnered with us. Every week, some 500 students and more than 50 teaching instructors work directly alongside local teaching staff to improve educational outcomes. For example:
In Lod: More than 110 students and 20 instructors are partnered with 9 primary schools (regular and special education, as well as music education), working together with about 50 teacher trainers.
In Netanya: 26 kindergartens participate in a cooperative early childhood education program with LCE, the Netanya Municipality and the Ministry of Education. Some 30 early childhood education trainees and 50 pedagogy students and instructors are involved with the program.
In Jerusalem: LCE has since 2005 led a music education program for Ultra-Orthodox teachers at the Ron-Shulamit Music Conservatory. Some 40 have graduated to date in this expanding program which in 2013 had 40 students enrolled.
In Safed: A joint music education program with Safed College opened in 2013, offering teaching certificates in music education to musicology students drawn largely from Israel's Arab population.
Encounters with Live Music Program
LCE's Faculty of Music Education has created the community-based Encounters with Live Music Program to encourage an appreciation of music while training a new generation of musicians and music educators.
Students work as coordinators and leaders in the program, which is offered across the country. By preparing pupils for live performance, the program places musical projects and music education on the community agenda, fosters new groups of sensitive listeners, music lovers and music makers and integrates live concerts into the school curriculum. The program includes four major community programs across Israel.
Viva Music in Intergenerational Encounters. High school students majoring in music and young vocalists meet with preschoolers, listen to music, attend concerts and engage in other musical activities. The program is coordinated and run by graduates of the Faculty of Music Education at locations across the country.
The KeyNote Program, established jointly with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, has enabled some 15,000 students from elementary and secondary schools and teacher training colleges across Israel help build a reservoir of sensitive listeners and lovers of classical live music. Program graduates serve on assessment and guidance teams for preparatory concerts in schools and symphony concerts held at Tel Aviv's Mann Auditorium, home of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Kadma Project, established with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and Sal Tarbut Haifa, operates in Jewish and Arab elementary schools in and around Haifa. It serves as a multicultural bridge through musical encounters among students, symphony orchestra musicians and local chamber music ensembles playing Middle Eastern music. Faculty of Music graduates prepare and lead the chamber music encounters.
The Alhan Music Appreciation Program, founded by the Nazareth Polyphony Foundation, is a three-year program for Grades 4-6 that operates in Arab schools in Nazareth, Jaffa and Ramla, and as of 2013, in Jewish and Arab schools in the Galilee. The program seeks to gradually transform live concerts into a bridge towards coexistence and tolerance.