Special Education

The Conservatory proudly presents its pioneering music department for children with special needs. Established in 2020, this unique program offers music lessons focused on various instruments such as piano, drums, voice, and wind instruments.

Our dedicated students, ranging from children to adolescents, possess diverse disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, and blindness. We collaborate with special education schools across West and East Jerusalem, as well as with Beit Chinuch Ivrim, a school for blind children. Our mission is to nurture the musical talents of these exceptional individuals and introduce them to the enchanting world of music.

About the program

Our department goes beyond instrument lessons; it promotes inclusive music-making by bringing together students with special needs and their counterparts in shared ensembles.

By rehearsing and performing together, our students develop communication skills and understanding, fostering a supportive environment where music becomes a universal language.

The Conservatory acts as a haven for individuals who find expression through music, offering a place where every human being can belong. Our Special Education track caters to a wide range of special populations, including those with autism, Down syndrome, various learning disabilities, attention disorders, and hyperactivity.

The program is designed to provide both musical and therapeutic solutions tailored to the unique talents of each student.

How it works:

There are two lesson tracks to choose from:

1. individual
2. group

As part of the program, suitable students have the opportunity to participate in a special concert. This unique event brings together a special needs student and several musicians from the Conservatory, fostering communication and the joy of playing music together. Through this experience, the power of music is harnessed to create a meaningful connection and collaborative performance.

Special Education program staff

Olga Eiltov

Piano

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Piano
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Boris Rydell

Drums

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Drums
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Itzhak Vinokur

Director

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Department Head:
Itzhak Vinokur

Itzhak Vinokur studied piano in the classes of Itzhak Kosov, Irena Berkovich, and Vag Papian. He studied composition in the classes of Irena Savatova and Slava Ganlin. He participated in chamber ensembles and won a Keren Sharett scholarship.

He helped lead the friendship project of the composer and educator Eran El-Bar by teaching piano in groups of three. He wrote two sheet music books of arrangements and original compositions for trios.

Since 2005, he has been teaching music to special education students: autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD. He started teaching at a boarding school for teenagers with autism, continued at the workshop conservatory and at the same time at the Yad Hamora school.

From 2017, Itzhak participated in projects that combine music and movement and wrote music for three plays that were presented at the Micro Theater directed by Prof. Yehuda Morli.

Itzhak studied movement at the men’s school “All my bones will speak for us”.
In 2022, he completed his master’s degree in psychodrama, including a year of specialization in mental health.

He has a private clinic in Jerusalem. In his treatments, Itzhak combines different arts: music, movement, psychodrama, writing, painting.

Itzhak writes poetry and his poem “There is a place for everything” was broadcast on the network here.

Check out his YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/0P_2g4xt6Ug

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