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Course Information - Arab Music


I- The Academic Music Program (6-18 Years)

The Academic Music Program 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 old. 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 program is designed for students who are committed to 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 program in the Arab Music Department is based on instruments, theoretical lessons and solfege, Arab maqam, jawqa/Arab choir, percussion, and singing or instrumental ensemble.

Preparatory Level 1 & 2 (6-8 Years)

This phase is an introduction to the Arab Music program, 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
This level covers the following lessons:
• 1x group musicianship and theory lesson for 30 minutes weekly.
• 1x group rhythmic sight-reading lesson for 30 minutes weekly.

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 the teacher’s feedback).

Students enrolled in the Academic Music Program will choose from the following instruments:
Preparatory Level 2
This level covers the following lessons:
• 1x group musicianship and theory lesson for 60 minutes weekly.
• 1x individual instrumental lesson for 30 minutes weekly.
• 1x group choir (jawqa) for young students for (30 to 60) minutes weekly.

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.
• Instrumental lessons are in Arabic or English.
• Students should be able to read and write in English.
• 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, parents receive their cheque.
• Upon return, instruments have to be in a good condition and without any damage related to using them by the students.

Basic Level (Level 1 to 6)

These levels are designed to form an intensive academic program for children who are aged between 9 and 16 years old. Students must be committed to studying music, playing instruments and being 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. It is usually held in March of every year. Students who pass the exam will get a certificate from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
• (Note: ABRSM exam fees should be paid separately by students).

This stage consists of the following:

Level 1
• 1x individual instrumental lesson for 30 minutes.
• 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and music script.
• 1x 30 to 60 minute ensemble of jawqa.

Level 2
• Individual instrumental lesson for 30 minutes.
• 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and music script.
• 1x 60 minute takht ensemble.
• 1x 30 to 60 minute ensemble of jawqa.

Level 3
• Individual instrumental lesson for 30 or 45 minutes (at the teacher’s discretion).
• 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and music script.
• 1x 60 minute group performing class (takht ensemble).
• 1x 30 to 60 minute ensemble of jawqa.

Level 4
• Individual instrumental lesson for 45 minutes (at the teacher’s discretion).
• 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and music script.
• 1x 60 minute group performing class (takht ensemble).
• 1x 60 minute music technology class. Students at Arab Music Department move from theory class to music technology class during early April. Class times may change.

Level 5
• Individual instrumental lesson for 45 to 60 minutes (at the teacher’s discretion).
• 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and music script.
• 1x 60 minute group performing class (takht ensemble).
• 1x 60 minute group music technology class. Students at Arab Music Department move from theory class to music technology class during early April. Class times may change.

Level 6
This level is designed for students aged 14 to 16 years old who have spent 5 to 7 years in studying music. This level concludes the previous levels. It may continue over two years depending on the student’s prior knowledge and experience.
• Individual instrumental lesson for 60 minutes.
• 1x 60 minute group class of music theory and music scripts.
• 1x 45 minute group class of maqamat and solfege.
• 1x 60 minute group performing class (takht ensemble).

Note:
The word (level) refers to theory level and not instrument playing level. It is not conditional to have equal levels in theory and instrument. When students pass level 6 ABRSM exam in music theory, they can dedicate their time fully to complete the maximum level required in instrument (level 6) in order for them to present a final recital to the public.

Students enrolled in the Academic Music Program will choose from the following group classes:

Western Music Theory, ABRSM
Students are prepared in this class to take the relevant ABRSM exam. Those who pass the exam will receive an internationally accredited certificate. Classes consist of six levels. Students take the exam in March.

Arab Music Theory, Maqamat and Solfege
These courses are based on the oral tradition. Students explore the Arab musical system such as analyzing the maqamat. This helps students to become better musicians through improving their music scripts sight-reading and singing skills. It also offers them a better understanding of the Arab music tradition.

Takht Ensemble
It is a weekly 60-minute group performing class. This ensemble is formed to develop the level of students in playing ‘ud, qanun, nay and percussion, where students are selected to join the group based on their teachers’ recommendations. In the takht ensemble, they explore the traditional Arab music and its compositional and improvisational techniques. Students work together with their friends who play different instruments.

Kaman (Arab Violin) Ensemble
It is a weekly 60-minute group performing class. This group is based on teachers’ recommendations. Students work together with their friends who play under the supervision of their instruments teachers. The group joins the Department’s takht ensemble during the Academy’s occasions and events.

Arab Percussion Ensemble
It is a weekly 60-minute group performing class. Classes are set for different levels, beginners and advanced, where students work on Arab rhythmic set such as wihda kabira, masmudi, chiftetelli and more. The instruments used during the sessions are: tabla, tar, riq and mizher.

Jawqa/Arab Choir (Children)
It is a weekly group performing class. Students sing a wide range of traditional Arab music patterns and work on improving their singing and performance techniques in an ensemble setting. Classes are offered to all experienced students in the Arab Music Department, Academic Program and Music for All Program. The group joins the Department’s takht ensemble during the Academy’s occasions and events.

Music Technology Class
• This course focuses on the main functions and features of Pro Tools 9 (studio recording software).
• The course also covers Finale 2012 (a software designed to enable students write and print their music sheets in a clear way).


Assessment and Certification in the Arab Music Department
- Theoretical:

• Theory: Certification Exam. Assessed by Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM). Applicable for Preparatory 2 only.

• Theory: Certification Exam. Assessed by Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Grades 1 to 6.

• Term reports.

-Practical:
• Practical: Certification Exam. Assessed by Sharqiyyat, Qatar Music Academy. Grades 1 to 6.
• Sharqiyyat Practical Exam: Sharqiyyat practical exam is for all students in the Arab Music Department who have completed 18 months of instrumental tuition. Exams are held in two sessions during the academic year. The examination includes a set of Arab repertoire pieces, maqam drills and sequences, in addition to music sheets sight-reading requirements. The panel chooses which pieces are to be played by each student. Certificate and upgrade level awarded are subject to fulfilling the theory, instrumental and performance criteria by students. If students are in the Music for All Program and would like to sit for Sharqiyyat practical exam, they have to get their teachers’ approval.

➢ When students complete the maximum level required (level six), they can present their final recital to the public.
➢ Students perform four times a year at the end of each term, both individually and in their retrospective ensembles.
➢ Students perform regularly on recitals and concerts throughout the year, such as the graduation concert, and the annual concert by the Arab Music Department.
➢ Students participate in various Qatari cultural events such as Qatar National Day.


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