Iran: No teaching of music in private schools

7 June 2010
Teaching music in state schools is already prohibited in Iran. Now, the music ban also applies to Iran’s 16,000 private schools where 1.1 million students no longer are allowed to use any musical instruments, including those played in traditional Iranian music.

This was reported in an article published by Bloomberg, written by Ali Sheikholeslami. According to the article, an Iranian school that is found to be teaching music may be permanently closed and its director barred from opening another school.

“The use of musical instruments is against the principles of our value system,” Ali Bagherzadeh, head of the private schools office in the Education Ministry, told Ali Sheikholeslami in London over a phone from Tehran.

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Bloomberg – 1 June 2010:
‘Iran Bars Music in Private Schools, May Impose University Code’

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