Güher & Süher Pekinel Music Department

Update: As a result of the sustained work at TEVITÖL, the Ministry of National Education has reinstated two mandatory weekly hours of music lessons within the curriculum in all public schools in Turkey starting from the 2017-2018 academic year.

TEVITÖL is a boarding school, giving high school education in English to highly talented students from all over Turkey who are chosen through a three-step process. The Güher & Süher Pekinel Music Department was founded at the school on the conviction that musical education has a significant influence on education as a whole.

The driving energy for the significant decision to establish a music department in line with the requests of these students, was the aim to prepare this next generation of CEOs their social responsibility to support culture and cultural projects, and further a higher cultural profile for the Arts through their investments, projects and financial support.

Güher and Süher Pekinel’s greatest desire is to help these young people establish their own emotional and intellectual balance by discovering, experiencing, directing the creative energy inside them by 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.

TEVITÖL is the only school in Turkey where twelve teachers from the music department teach 190 children, not only instrument lessons, but also in the subjects of Music History, Music Theory and Choir.

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 such as Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, etc..

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