Music & More: Interview With Peter Nehme

Music & More provides all music instruments and accessories for groups, individuals, students, professionals, schools and institutes. Excellent quality, competitive prices, great service. “Peter … Music & More” was established in 2011 in Beirut, Lebanon by Peter Nehme (Co-Owner) to provide integrated and one-stop shop music related services and instruments for all music lovers in the world. Peter Nehme, born in a house where music talks, joined the national conservatoire at the age of 3, and completed his studies in solfege and theory at the age of 5, before he learnt to read the alphabet… Today, Peter Nehme plays on 46 different instruments, created 21 of his own, and written 19 different teaching methods. The company holds a certificate of registration of a registered brand, Peter’s, for all musical instruments manufactured especially for them; features and specifications set by Peter Nehme.

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A multi talented musician, teacher, instruments manufacturer, and nature photographer, how do you manage to balance between all of them?

From playing music to instruments manufacturing, to lecturing and photography, I’ve refined my given talents with knowledge.
I’ve further learned to manage my time the way a conductor leads an orchestra by studying the scores of different types of instruments and making the perfect adjustments to convey a unified vision of the music out to the audience; therefore considering my experience, time management and rhythm that is key for balance in every life aspect.

What are the main benefits of learning music in early childhood?

Learning music in early childhood ignites all areas of child development and skills including intellectual, social-emotional, and awareness.
Music improves motor skills and coordination, focus and memory and helps children to be disciplined and find their peace of mind and balance in life. It also boosts their self-confidence resulting in projecting a positive energy. However, music accompanies introverts and helps shy people become more open to others.
Furthermore, it gives children with special needs a sense of accomplishment by bridging the gap of communication; it eliminates the barriers of turning their inner feelings into verbal expressions. Music also improves their learning, memory, focus, creativity and imagination. And since it uses the child’s tactile, visual and auditory system providing a whole-body experience, music activates the brain,
therefore making the child analyze his thoughts and emotions which will affect his productivity whether at home or at school.

Playing 46 different musical instruments is a rewarding accomplishment! What’s your favorite instrument?

My love for music, passion for learning and dedication have motivated me to learn any instrument I put my hands on. As for my favorite, can you ask a parent to pick a favorite child? My instruments are my children and I love them all equally, hence I can never answer this question.

What is your philosophy in music education?

It takes me years to describe my philosophy in music but what I can briefly say is that “music is the school of patience”, and one who has patience is able to listen well, learn quickly and thus become a special musician.

What are your top priorities when repairing a rare handmade instrument?

My top priorities when repairing a rare instrument is to keep its sanctity and originality, fixing it without any modifications that make it look repaired. I aim to keep its antiquity so one can still live in its era instead of modernizing it and devaluing it to fit in the era we’re living in.

How did you learn to make music instruments?

It started with transfiguring household utensils and car parts from my father’s garage into musical instruments, then I traveled abroad and majored in musical instruments manufacturing with well-known manufacturers and fabricators.

Do you rely on online purchases and can you ship outside Lebanon?

I don’t rely on online purchases but I take advantage of social media to display my instruments that are all made with utmost love and care, and are not just for trading.
I can consider air freight since it’s the fastest and safest way to deliver the
instruments without risking any damage or possible churn when sea shipping.

Can you tell us about your biggest achievement and award?

The biggest achievement is that manufacturing and high class art last in Lebanon. God has given me remarkable talents that I’m able to convey to a wide range of audience using my voice and knowledge, and this is my biggest award because I believe I’ve been given this gift as a message to share with others through my music.

What is the idea behind Green Concerto?

The concept behind Green Concerto is to return to nature, grounding and
meditating rather than planting and harvesting, nourishing the mind rather than the body. Being a son of nature, Man’s learning to listen and meditate would be a lifechanging achievement. In an open space, unstressed, Man will see things differently. Similarly, Green Concerto transmits a quoted image with a rhythm conveying a state of deep thinking and meditation.

Can you imagine your life without music?

“Music is life. That’s why our hearts have beats”.

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