Project information

Title: Introduction to Anatolian Music

To engage, inspire and familiarise students with the authentic history of traditional Anatolian music, culture and instruments. The project will aim to involve those young, Turkish speaking students, with Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot backgrounds aged between 7-16 in state funded schools.

Approximately 1 year.

Charity information: London Saz School

London Saz School
  • Need


    The first problem we aim to contribute to resolve is the increase in anti-social behaviour through the emerging of gangs. The second problem we aim to resolve, is the lack of enthusiasm the first problem causes towards their educational journey. Finally, the desire that the students begin to form towards street culture without being fully aware of its negative consequences.


    Our project will try to solve the problem by helping students acquaint with their rich cultural heritage. It will encourage them to concentrate on music and art as opposed to the mediated and glorified representations of gangs. This will enable them to seek an alternative, inspirational and novel way to spend their spare time, instead of investing it on the negativity the streets offer them. The project will therefore; allow the students to gain insight, prospect, and confidence within life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To introduce the historical background of Anatolia and its music.


    » Meet and greet session.
    » Question and Answer session about Anatolian folk music and cultural heritage - to test their level knowledge.
    » Show them the family of the Saz instrument.
    » Teach them techniques on how to play and make the saz.

    What success will look like

    Success will be: A better understanding of cultural heritage and music. An extra educational point which they will have had gained.

    Aim 2

    To make aware the consequences of street and gang violence and how to avoid it.


    » Allow the students to directly play an instrument and encourage them to use music and art as an alternative way to gangs and the streets.

    What success will look like

    Success will be: Portraying to the students an alternative way to prevent the themselves from participating in anti-social activity - through music.

    Aim 3

    To boost confidence into the children through music.


    » Singing and performing as a group.

    What success will look like

    Success will be: Adding to the students' personalities, an essential characteristic which will help them greatly in their future life.

  • Impact


    Inspire the students' views on life regarding education, society and personal success. The students who participate will have had made an effort to seek an alternative way to spend their spare time with music.


    The only risk that we may be face to face with in this project is lack of funding. We are searching for funders in order to resolve this issue.


    We will update the funders of this project and at the end send a full report with the details of the how the project went.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Music workshops Holding between 12-24 music workshops throughout 1 year different Primary and High Schools.
      £1,200 Group Discussion Sessions The group discussions which will take place with the students and the staff members.
      £1,000 Rental of musical instruments The cost of renting the instruments for the year.
  • Background


    The location of the project will be based around the schools situated in Hackney, Tottenham and Edmonton.


    The project will benefit the families of students' who may experience language barriers to engage with their education. The project will benefit the schools as they will build a better understanding of the Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot backgrounds of the students. The project will benefit the whole of the Turkish speaking community as it will exhibit their culture and music through a different light.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because our charity, as whole, aims to educate the public in folk music and folk music and folklore from Turkey. To advance the education f the general public, especially children and young people in the Turkish and Kurdish communities in the appreciation of the art and science of music in all its aspects by the presentation of concerts and by such other means as the trustees shall determine.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kemal Kulahci

    An academically trained individual who knows the Saz really well and has worked closely with Turkey's most famous Anatolian musicians.

    Berivan Naz

    Former student of Kemal Kulahci who is prepared to help in organising and helping the students with talks.