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Course Information - Western Music


Admissions process

The Academic Music Programme is aimed at preparing students holistically in order to help them reach their musical potential. The outcome of the programme at Diploma level will prepare students for further studies at university level. The courses are designed for students from 6 to 18 years of age. Over the year students will be provided with many performing opportunities including recitals and concerts.

The below course information pertains to the 2017-18 academic year.

Preparatory Levels

These levels are designed as an introduction to formal music studies and some prior experience is preferred. It is the ideal opportunity for children who love music and who have the desire to learn to read music and to play an instrument.

Preparatory Level - I Programme (for 6 year olds by September 1st, 2017)

Students in the Preparatory Level 1 course over the year will play all of the following instruments; the piano, violin and percussion. Each instrument will be taught for 9 weeks in groups of two. All of the instruments will be provided by QMA.


See an example of the rotation schedule below.

Piano 9 weeks (20th August - 26th October)
Percussion 9 weeks (5th November - 18th January)
Violin 9 weeks (25th March - 31st May)

This course will comprise of the following each week:


Optional


At the end of the year parents will be invited to meet with the Head of Department to receive the instrumental teachers’ recommendations on instrument selection for their child for Preparatory Two.


Preparatory Level 2 Programme (for 7-8 year olds)

Students in the Preparatory Level 2 course will be able to select from the following instruments; Piano, percussion, violin, cello and double bass. Students who select the piano and percussion will need to purchase a piano or a drum kit prior to the commencement lessons. Students who select the violin, cello or double bass will be provided with an instrument.


The Preparatory Two course will comprise of the following each week:


Grades 1 to 3

These grades are designed as an intensive, academic programme for children aged between 8 and 10 who are serious about studying music, can play an instrument and are committed to regular daily practice. Each of the three grades are broadly equivalent to ABRSM grades 1 to 5. Students are required take an ABRSM practical and theory exam at the end of each grade, with certificates issued by ABRSM accordingly.

At all grades, studies comprise the following each week:

Note: The fees for ABRSM exams are not included in the course


Grades 4 to 5

These grades are designed as an intensive, academic programme for children aged between 11 and 15 who are serious about studying music, can play an instrument and are committed to regular daily practice. Each of the two grades are broadly equivalent to ABRSM grades 4 to 5. Students are required take an ABRSM practical and theory exam at the end of each grade, with certificates issued by ABRSM accordingly. Some courses are taken over a two year period depending on the age of the student.


At grades 4 and 5 studies comprise of the following each week:


Note: The fees for ABRSM exams are not included in the course

Please see the age restrictions for the Grade 4 and 5 classes:


Grade 6

Grade 6 is designed as an intensive, academic programme for students usually aged between 15 and 18 who are preparing to study music at university level. This course will help the students prepare for an audition to secure them a place at university to study music. 


Studies comprise of the following each week:

Compulsory


Electives (students must select at least one elective)


Grades 7, 8 and Diploma

These grades are designed as an intensive, academic programme for students usually aged between 16 and 18 who are preparing to study music at university level. This course will help the students prepare for an audition to secure them a place at university to study music.

At all grades, studies comprise of the following each week:

Compulsory


Electives (students must select at least one elective)


Note:
The fees for ABRSM exams are not included in the course


Available instruments

Preparatory levels 1 and 2

6 year olds: Piano, violin, cello and percussion
7-8 year olds: As above plus the double bass


Grade 1-Diploma

8-10 year olds: Piano, percussion, violin, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet and trumpet.
11-18 year olds: As above plus viola, oboe, saxophone, bassoon, bass clarinet, trombone, French horn, voice, euphonium and tuba

Please note that all orchestral instruments are lent to students free of charge for the duration of the academic year. Parents will be asked to provide a security cheque which will be returned at the end of the year when the instrument is returned. If a student is learning to play two instruments they are entitled to borrow one only from QMA. Students Prep 2 and above who are learning the piano must have a piano at home. Students without a piano at home will not be offered piano tuition. Students learning percussion must have a drum kit at home. Students without a drum kit at home will not be offered percussion tuition.

Available ensembles

Students can join more than one ensemble in the Academic Programme. Parents will only be charged for the most expensive ensemble. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in chamber groups eg. String trio by invitation only by the Head of the Department.

Percussion Ensembles

QMA Percussion Ensemble 4
Saturdays 4.00pm - 5.30pm
QR60 per session

This ensemble is aimed at advanced percussion students. The students will work on complex music and on refining their ensemble skills. They will play the drum set, bass drum, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, and snare drum.

- Audition is required.
- Participants should be at ABRSM grade 5 and above.

QMA Percussion Ensemble 3
Tuesdays 4.00pm - 5.00pm
QR60 per session

This ensemble is aimed at intermediate students; they will continue to learn to follow conducting gestures and listen carefully to the other students in the ensemble. They will play the drum set, bass drum, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, and snare drum.

- Audition is required.
- Participants should be at ABRSM grade 3 and above.

QMA Percussion Ensemble 2
Mondays 4.00pm - 5.00pm
QR60 per session

This ensemble is aimed at students who have can read music fluently in treble and bass clef and have had experience playing percussion instruments. The ensemble covers various instruments like Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba, Glockenspiel, and sometimes drums and tambourine.

- Audition required.
- Participants should be at ABRSM grade 2 and above.

QMA Percussion Ensemble 1
Sundays 5.00pm - 6.00pm 
QR60 per session

This ensemble prepares students to be able to play as an ensemble; they learn to follow conducting gestures, listen to one another, count and work as a team. The ensemble covers various instruments like Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba, Glockenspiel, and sometimes drums and tambourine.

- No audition required.
- Participants should be at ABRSM grade 1 and above.

QMA Junior Treble Choir
Wednesdays 4.00pm - 4.45pm
QR45 per session

In Junior Treble Choir students will work on singing in unison, in canon and with partner songs. They will focus on singing with correct posture and breathe support. Students will also start to learn how to sight sing using solfeggio. Students must be able to speak English to be able to attend the choir.

- No audition required
- Participants should be aged between 6-8 years old

QMA Middle Treble Choir
Wednesdays 5.00pm - 6.00pm
QR60 per session

In Middle Treble Choir students will work on developing their voice, focusing on breath control and tone production while studying choral repertoire. They will sing songs in two parts soprano and alto. Students will continue to work on improving their sight singing.

- No audition required
- Participants should be aged between 9-12 years old

QMA Senior Treble Choir
Mondays 4.00pm - 5.30pm
QR90 per session

The students in the Senior Treble Choir will be singing a wide variety of repertoire in 2, 3, and 4 part harmony. They will work on improving their singing and performance technique in an ensemble setting. Singing in a choir helps students to become a better musician through improving their sight reading and aural skills.

- Audition (required for new members).
- Participants should be aged between 13-18 with an unbroken voice (trebles only)

QMA Junior Symphonic Winds and Percussion Ensemble
Tuesdays 4.00-5.00pm
QR60 per session

Junior Symphonic Winds is an ensemble for enthusiastic students playing woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments at ABRSM grade 1(or equivalent) and higher. In Junior Symphonic Winds, students will learn the fundamentals of playing in an ensemble. These skills include active listening, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, expression, and playing as part of a group. Junior Symphonic Winds will give at least two performances during the school year featuring a variety of repertoire. Students in Junior Symphonic Winds will have fun making music with other instrumentalists from across Qatar!

- No audition required
- Participants should be at ABRSM Grade 1 or equivalent

QMA Symphonic Winds and Percussion Ensemble
Saturdays 9.30am - 11.30am
QR120 per session

QMA Symphonic Winds is Qatar Music Academy’s premier wind ensemble for students who are currently studying woodwind, brass, and orchestral percussion instruments at ABRSM grade 3 (or equivalent) and higher. In this ensemble, students will refine their ensemble skills through practice and performance of a variety of challenging repertoire. Each two hour rehearsal is comprised of sectional time with an instrumental specialist coach as well as a full-ensemble rehearsal. Throughout the year, Symphonic Winds will prepare for multiple performances. Symphonic Winds allows dedicated instrumentalists to develop their musical skills in a focused environment with musical peers from across Qatar.

- Audition (required for new members).
- Participants should be at ABRSM Grade 3 or equivalent

QMA Little Amadeus Ensemble
Tuesdays 4.00pm - 5.00pm
QR60 per session

The Little Amadeus Ensemble is an exciting opportunity for beginning string players to learn how to make music together under the direction of a conductor. Members enjoy the rewards of working as a group and building new friendships through musical collaboration.

- No audition required
- Participants must have played the violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least one year and have basic reading skills (or Prep ABRSM level minimum)

QMA Harmony String Ensemble
Tuesdays 5.00pm - 6.00pm
QR60 per session

This orchestra is for students who already have some experience in playing in an ensemble. The selected pieces offer more challenge and you can work together with your friends who play the violin, viola, cello or double bass.

- Participants should be at Grade 2 ABRSM level. No audition for students who can provide copies of the past exam’s results. Students who have played exams other than ABRSM must contact the faculty and play an audition.

Qatar Youth Orchestra
Tuesdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm
QR120 per session

QMA is proud to be the home of the first youth orchestra in Qatar! QMA Youth Orchestra is an ensemble for advanced musicians who play an instrument from the string, woodwind, brass, and percussion families. Each weekly rehearsal is comprised of a sectional with a specialist instrumental coach as well as a full-ensemble rehearsal. QMA Youth Orchestra will perform a variety of challenging repertoire at performances throughout the 2016-2017 school year. Dedicated musicians aged 18 years and younger from across Qatar are welcome to join this ensemble, including those who do not study their instrument at QMA. Members will be expected to practice and perform the selected repertoire at a high level of excellence.

- Audition (required for new members plus all winds/percussion).
- Participants should be at ABRSM Grade 4 and above

Course Timings

The programme will start on 20th of August, 2017 and will run for one academic year until the end of May 2018. Tuition is conducted after school hours from Sunday to Thursday and on Saturdays. Recitals and Concerts are held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


Course Location

All lessons are conducted at our music school in Katara (Cultural Village)





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