Güher & Süher Music Department
The Music Department was founded by Güher and Süher Pekinel as a result of a concert they were invited to give in 2006 to benefit the Turkish Education Foundation İnanç Türkeş Private High School (TEVİTÖL). TEVITÖL is a boarding school, giving high school education in English language to students with higher intelligence selected from all over Turkey. The Music Department was founded on the conviction that musical education has a significant influence to the general education.
At their first visit to TEVİTÖL, Pekinel’s realized that multi-talented students were eager to learn an instrument, but were unable to make progress because of insufficient space and teachers. The significant decision to establish a Music Department in keeping with the requests of these young people, who will certainly be the CEO’s of the future and will also help to develop further the high cultural profile for the Arts through their investments, projects and financial supports, was the driving energy.
Pekinel’s greatest desire is to help students establish their own emotional and intellectual balance by discovering, experiencing, directing and creating the creative energy inside them in living with art. All of them learn an instrument and give solo and chamber music concerts, learn the basic understanding in music harmony, history of world music and continue these activities after their graduation. Music making in university and in their social lives enables them to more sharing and socialisation, to find more effective solutions to their problems through their discovered depths, feeling more happily let them create more intensively in many ways.
Goals and achievements
The goal is to implement music education in all schools, like it used to be. After four years of intense work, Pekinel’s could achieve that music lessons were integrated into the general curriculum of TEVİTÖL and were graded like any other lesson. Furthermore, the History of Music class focuses not only on music but employs a syllabus that includes all types of art in order to expand the horizons of students and encourage them to explore more comprehensive areas of interest. Most of the teachers in the Music Department are lecturers in conservatories and artists in reputable orchestras, a clear indication of how the department achieved its superior quality in such a short time.
it is not the aim to train musicians within the Music Department, because it is a well-known fact (with some exceptions) that students who begin playing for the first time at the age of 15 cannot pursue professional careers in this field.
Of course, very highly talented individuals can prove themselves at 15 -17 years of age if they are sufficiently determined like Egemen Kesikli who was already improvising on the piano although he had received barley musical training. After graduation he was awarded a full scholarship at St. Olaf College in Minnesota at the Music and Political Science departments where he has received his Bachelor’s degree. Currently he is pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado Boulder.
The “Music Department Certificate of Achievement” presented to students at their high school graduation ceremony, makes them eligible to obtain college credit in application procedures at many foreign universities.