Course Information - Western Music


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 from 1 May to 15 May 2017. 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 relevant department who will communicate with all applicants. During this period, all applications will be reviewed based on objective evaluative criteria such as age, experience, music exam results and recommendations from previous instrumental teachers.
  • After the review process selected candidates will be invited to audition. Once all auditions are completed, the admission office will communicate with all parents to advise them of the outcome of their child’s application.
  • From here, the students and their parents must respond to the offer letter within a specified time.
  • Timetables will be sent out by Thursday, June 15th and registration concludes only when parents pay the fees and provide requested documentation based on the instructions and schedules determined by the Admissions and Finance Departments at the Academy.
  • The Academy begins teaching in August 2017 and will continue until the end of the school year in May 2018.
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, cello 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)
Cello 9 weeks (21st January - 22nd March)
Violin 9 weeks (25th March - 31st May)

This course will comprise of the following each week:

  • 2x group ( 2 children per group) instrumental lessons for 30 minutes each = 100QR per week
  • 2x group (10 children per group) musicianship/ theory lesson for 30 minutes each=40QR per week


Optional

  • 1x group Junior Choir lesson for 45 minutes (30 QRS per week).


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:

  • 2x individual instrumental lessons for 30 minutes each (200QRS per week).
  • 1x group musicianship and theory lesson for 45 minutes (30QRS per week).
  • 1x Junior Choir Ensemble lesson for 45 minutes (30 QRS per week).
  • All students will take the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s Preparatory Theory Exam in May 2018 (note: the exam fee of 85QR is not included in the course)


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:

  • 1 x 60 or 2 x 30 minute instrumental lesson on your principal instrument 
  • 1x 60 minute theory lesson covering music history, aural training, notation and music reading. 
  • 1x 60, 90 or 120 minute Music in Practice ensemble session. Students must nominate which ensemble(s) they would like to participate in. Entrance into each ensemble is mostly by audition only. Check the ensemble information below for the specific information pertaining to the ensembles on offer. (45 minutes = 30QRS and 60 minutes= 40QRS)
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:

  • 1 x 60 minute instrumental lesson on your principal instrument
  • 1x optional 30 minute (at grade 1-3) or 60 minute (at grade 4-5) instrumental lesson on an additional instrument at an extra cost subject to availability.
  • 1x 90 minute theory lesson per week covering music history, aural training, notation and music reading.
  • 1x 60, 90 or 120 minute Music in Practice ensemble session. Students must nominate which ensemble(s) they would like to participate in. Entrance into each ensemble is mostly by audition only. Check the ensemble information below for the specific information pertaining to the ensembles on offer. (45 minutes = 30QRS and 60 minutes= 40QRS)


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

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

  • Students will be offered a place in the Grade 4 two year course if they are 11 years or younger
  • Students will be offered a place in the Grade 4 one year course if they are 12 years or older
  • Students will be offered a place in the Grade 5 two year course if they are 13 years or younger
  • Students will be offered a place in the Grade 5 one year course if they are 14 years or older


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

  • 1x 90 minute instrumental lesson on your principal instrument. Advanced students at Grade 7- practical grade  will be offered 1x 90 minute instrumental lesson or 2x 45 minute lesson on their principal instrument.
  • Grade 8 practical will be offered 2 x 60 minute instrumental lessons on their principal instrument.


Electives (students must select at least one elective)

  • 1x 60, 90 or 120 minute Music in Practice ensemble session. Students must nominate which ensemble(s) they would like to participate in. Entrance into each ensemble is by audition.
  • 1x 120 minute theory and musicianship lesson covering: history; four part harmony; figured bass; composition; and analysis. 
  • 1x 60 minute lesson on a second instrument (200QRS per week)- subject to availability.
  • Note: The fees for ABRSM exams are not included in the course


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
  • Grade 7 practical and above will be offered 1x 90 minute instrumental lesson.
  • Grade 8 practical and Diploma will be offered 2x 60 minute instrumental lessons on their principal instrument
  • Grade 7 and 8 students preparing for a practical exam will need to attend 2 months of aural training for 60 minutes once a week in February and March 2018
  • Diploma students will need attend 2 months of viva voce preparation for 60 minutes once a week in February and March 2018


Electives (students must select at least one elective)

  • 1x 60, 90 or 120 minute Music in Practice ensemble session. Students must nominate which ensemble(s) they would like to participate in. Entrance into each ensemble is by audition.
  • 1x 60 minute lesson on a second instrument (200QRS per week)- subject to availability


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
QR40 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
QR40 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 
QR40 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
QR30 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
QR40 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
QR60 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
QR40 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
QR80 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
QR40 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
QR40 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
Saturdays 1.30pm - 3.30pm
QR80 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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