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 opportunity for students who have a passion for music and want to play Arab musical instruments. Our main objective is to inspire the next generations to preserve Arab musical heritage.

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 6 levels divided into 2 phases:

Preparatory (1-2) and Basic (1-6)

Admissions process

  • All new applicants for the 2017-18 academic year (which starts in August 2017) must fill out an online application form available on this website. Once you submit your application, you will receive an automated e-mail confirming that the academy has received your application.
  • All applications will then be reviewed by the Department which will eventually communicate with all applicants in the second half of April. During this period, all applications will be sorted out based on objective evaluative criteria such as age, experience, schools report (when applicable), activities, etc.
  • The Department will accordingly invite some candidates for an audition, and excuse others. Once all auditions are concluded, the Department will send letters to all parents offering the successful candidates a seat in the Academy and extending its best wishes to the others who didn’t make it.
  • From here, the students and their parents must respond to the offer letter and provide the necessary paperwork and submit it to the Admissions Office to complete the process.
  • Timetables will be sent out in the first half of the month of June and registration concludes only when parents pay the fees based on the instructions and schedules determined by the Finance Department at the Academy.
  • The Academy begins teaching in August and will continue until the end of the school year in May.


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:

  • 1x group musicianship and theory lesson for 30 minutes
  • 1x group rhythmic sight reading lesson for 30 minutes
Students in Prep 1 can choose from the below instruments offered:
  • Arab percussion, individual instrumental lesson for 30 minutes
  • Kaman, group lesson for 30 minutes

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:

  • 1x group musicianship and theory lesson for 45 minutes
  • Individual instrumental lesson for 30 minutes
  • Group choir (jawqa) for young students for 30 minutes

Notes:
  • Students in preparatory 2 should sit the RIAM exam in May of every year. (Exam fees should be paid separately by the student)
  • Theory lessons and examinations are in English
  • Students should be able to read and write in English
  • Students who fail the RIAM exam will lose their seat in the academic programme
  • Musical instruments are loaned to students for free throughout the school year. Parents must write a cheque at the beginning of the school year (depending on which instrument and as per the Academy’s fees) before receiving their child’s instrument to guarantee that it will be returned without damages. Once the borrowed instrument is returned, the parent will receive their cheque.

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

  • Individual instrumental lesson for 30 minutes
  • 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and musical notes (ABRSM)
  • 1x 30 minute takht ensemble or jawqa (this will be at the teacher’s discretion)

Level 2

  • Individual instrumental lesson for 30 minutes
  • 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and musical notes (ABRSM)
  • 1x 60 minute takht ensemble or jawqa (this will be at the teacher’s discretion)

Level 3

  • Individual instrumental lesson for 30 or 45 minutes (at the teacher’s discretion)
  • 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and musical notes (ABRSM)
  • 1x 60 minute group performing class (Takht Ensemble)
  • 1x 30 minute group class of maqamat (1 term)

Level 4

  • Individual instrumental lesson for 30 or 45 minutes (at the teacher’s discretion)
  • 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and musical notes (ABRSM)
  • 1x 60 minute group performing class (Takht Ensemble)
  • 1x 30 minute group class of maqamat (1 term)
  • 1x 60 minute music technology lesson (starting from April- after the ABRSM exam). Students will be moved from the Western theory class to music technology class. Timetable may be change to another day. No fee required.


Level 5

  • Individual instrumental lesson for 30 or 45 minutes
  • 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and musical notes (ABRSM)
  • 1x 60 minute group performing class (Takht Ensemble)
  • 1x 45 minute group class of maqamat
  • 1x 60 minute music technology class (starting from April once the ABRSM theory exam has been completed. Students will be moved from the Western theory class to the music technology class. Timetable to be confirmed. No fees are required)

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. Students will have the choice to continue to attend western theory classes, particularly if they are thinking in pursuing a musical career, or for students who are interested in studying music at university level. Students who are only interested in learning the instrument can skip the theory class and attend the followings:
  • Individual instrumental lesson for 45 minutes
  • 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and musical notes (ABRSM)
  • 1x 30 minute group class of maqamat
  • 1x 60 minute group performing class (Takht Ensemble)
  • Independent project and final public recital


Music Technology Class

The course will focus on the main functions and features of Pro Tools 9 software. Students will learn to record their instruments, use MIDI sequencing, audio editing and create loops. Student will be able to start a new session and finish with bouncing their music to wave or MP3 files. The course will also cover basic Finale 2012 software function. Students are expected to be able to write and print their music sheets.

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 1-6.
  • 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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