Music: mends our souls, heals our hearts, and enriches our minds – a remedy for my torn city of Aleppo

Music is not just an alphabet or symbols. It is not just an international language. Indeed it is very difficult to describe what music is. Music is, in my opinion, a great way to unite people, as opposed to events such as war, which divide and tear nations and peoples apart. Music can make the world beautiful. In fact, music has the power to reflect the mosaic of our world harmonizing our differences (and various voices and notes) into a continuous and evolving sheet of music – and performance.

From all that I have seen from being around the community of musicians of whom I have met recently at Monmouth College, music can aid in helping us into looking at the world from another angle. Musicians, for example, do not always look to the financial, monetary, and temporary thing in life, but rather have the real desire is to see their students be accomplished and successful. I can see the cheerfulness in the eyes of our cello teacher when her students give a beautiful recital. It is as if her eyes have indicated that she has just won a battle or the greatest prize in the lottery. Not only does she give herself both physically and mentally to enriching the power of music in her students, but she also devotes herself to her students so that they may always achieve in the highest academic levels. When I think of my injured city of Aleppo, which has been torn by a savage civil war, I feel that music is able to be the remedy that can mend the souls of Syrian citizens. We should put our hands together and put in all our efforts to rebuild this city and country. Rebuilding the infrastructure is just one thing that be done with our hands, but rebuilding the humanity and deconstructing the antagonism from the minds of the people is another thing that should be done with our hearts. We really are in need of musicians as much as we need we are in need of engineers and doctors!


As a citizen of Syria, it make me feel heartbroken when I see what the children in my country are learning right now as they carry weapons and are encouraged to fight rather than to unite with their so-called enemies. In fact, we need to have musicians in Syria at this time and more than any time before. These musicians will aid the new generations to overcome and to emotionally survive the war. Having a great musicians will definitely help those kids to forget the harsh and mentally-taxing scenes of death and murder by teaching them one of the finest arts, music. I am not saying that we need to have the best performers in the world. It is just enough to have some kids who are excited enough to learn to how to make music in order for them to possess a useful and interesting hobby versus possessing the hobby of killing each other over religious or civil differences.


The most important thing about music is that it is very pure and that it can repair and enliven the universal communities of the world. I believe that the power of music will help in publishing peace and love in the world. I believe that it can help remove the pain this world has felt, and can fill hearts and minds with hope and happiness. Music will be able to make this world a beautiful place to live in, and can help the light overcome the darkness. Music is what we need now in order to learn to how to give, live and love without borders.


“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” Khalil Gibran


Mariela Shaker

About the Author:

Mariela Shaker was born in Aleppo, Syria. She is senior at Monmouth College studying Music Performance for her second Bachelor degree. She previously graduated from the University of Aleppo and studied Business Administration. Mariela is the concertmaster of Monmouth Chamber Orchestra and a member in Galesburg Symphony Orchestra.

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