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Course Information - Arab Music


The Academic Music Programme is structured in a way that tailors to the specific educational needs and age of our students. Our courses cater for students from 6 to 18 years of age. These courses are ideal for students who have a passion for music and would like to learn an Arab musical instrument. Our main objective is to inspire this generation to preserve Arab musical heritage and pass it on to future generations.

The programme is designed for students who are serious about studying music and for those who are trying to pass a performance entrance exam in order to study in specialized or higher institutes of music internationally. The programme in the Arab Music Department is based on the instrument, Western theory and solfege, Arab maqam, jawqa/Arab choir, percussion and takht or instrumental ensemble.

The programme is set into 8 levels divided into 3 phases:

Preparatory (1-2), Basic (1-6), Middle School (7-8)

Admissions process


Preparatory Level 1 & 2

This phase is an introduction to the Arab Music programme, and is for students aged between 6 and 8 years old. It aims to prepare students to join the following grade levels by teaching them theoretical and practical lessons covering rhythm, tempo, melody and music shapes.


Preparatory Level 1 (6 to 7 year olds)

The instruments offered for Preparatory 1 are kaman, Arab violin (group lesson) and Arab percussion (individual lesson).

At the end of the academic year, parents will be invited to meet with the Head of Department to discuss their child’s Preparatory 2 instrument recommendation (which will be based on their teacher’s feedback).

This level covers the following lessons:

Students in Prep 1 can choose from the below instruments offered:

Preparatory 2 (7 to 8 years old)

Students enrolled in preparatory 2 will choose from the following instruments: ‘ud, nay, kaman (violin), qanun, Arab percussion (Tabla, Riq Daf and Tar), this level covers the following lessons:


Notes:

Basic level (Level 1 to 6)

These levels are an intensive academic programme for children who are aged between 9 and 16 years old. Students must be committed to studying music and diligent in their daily practice.

Levels 1 to 6 are part of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) theory exam. Students in the Arab music department must sit for the ABRSM exam in March of every year. Students who pass the exam will get a certificate from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. . Exam fees should be paid separately.

This stage consists of the following:

Level 1


Level 2


Level 3


Level 4


Level 5


Level 6

This level is designed for students aged between 14 to 16 years who have spent 5 to 7 years in the Academic programme. This level concludes the previous levels. It may continue over two years depending on the student’s prior knowledge and experience.

Intermediate levels (7 to 8)

Students who complete the previous phases and who successfully complete the theory exams, have the choice of continuing their Western theory classes. This is particularly important if students would like to pursue a professional musical career, or who want to study music/musical subjects in higher education (university level). However students that are only interested in learning the instrument can skip the theory class and attend the following:

Level 7

  • Individual instrumental lesson for 60 minutes
  • 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and musical notes (ABRSM - Optional)
  • 1x 45minute group class of maqamat
  • 1x 60 minute group performing class, Takht Ensemble

Level 8

  • Individual instrumental lesson for 60 minutes
  • 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and musical notes (ABRSM - Optional)
  • 1x 45minute group class of maqamat
  • 1x 60 minute group performing class, Takht Ensemble
  • 1 x independent project
  • 1 x final public recital

Assessment and certification in the Arab Music Department
(Theoretical):

  • Theory: Certified exam- Assessed by Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM). Applicable for Preparatory 2 only.
  • Theory: Certified exam- Assessed by Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). For Grade levels 1-8.
  • Practical: Certified exam- Assessed by Sharqiyyat, Qatar Music Academy
  • Term reports

(Practical):

Sharqiyyat Practical Exam: The Sharqiyyat practical exam is for all students in the Arab Music Department who have completed 18 months of instrumental tuition. The exams are held in two sessions during the academic year; the first in December and the second in May. The instrumental teachers will be providing the grade levels for the students. The examination includes set repertoire pieces, maqam drills and sequences, in addition to sight-reading requirements. Students of all levels should prepare one piece from each list A, B and C mentioned in the curriculums in addition to some mandatory pieces. The panel will choose which pieces the student will play. If the student is in the Music for All Programme and would like to sit for Sharqiyyat practical exam they’ll have to get approval from their teacher. Certificate and upgrade level is awarded subject to the student fulfilling theory, instrumental and performance criteria.
  • Students perform regularly on recitals and concerts throughout the year both individually and in their retrospective ensembles.
  • Students in the Academic programme receive a 2 in their final term reports




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