By Kidist Yidnekachew
Ethiopia’s pioneer music school jubilee celebration set to feature concerts, panel discussion focusing on the journey of the school with other activities until 30 January.
As the 50th anniversary celebration of the school commenced through various assortments, Directress of the Music School, Selamawit Aragaw, recalled its contribution to the growth of Ethiopia’s music industry. Selamawit, however, spoke of some obstacles that the school has been dealing with over the years.
She says students are coming from no music background compared to the other world experience where they start training from early age. “Our education system is very different from the other world and it is also a very expensive department. The instruments are very expensive. The classes are conducted on one to one contact. Even students are subjected to pay a lot of money for that,” she added.
Selamawit mentioned the reduction of the program from 5 to 4 years to be challenging as it is difficult to produce qualified graduates within the reduced time frame. She added the school has taken the issue to the Ministry of Education. Yared School of music plans to expand music education through post graduate programs next year, despite the challenges it is facing.