Arabic Music

Recognizing that music greatly affects and enhancing our learning and living, Birzeit University is offering a new advanced academic program in music. The program, launched in cooperation with the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (NCM) in Ramallah, aims at spreading creative and vibrant musical culture among Palestinian youths.

Graduates of the program will be in the position to develop the professional music scene in Palestine to new and exciting levels.

The main objectives for the program are:

  • Providing our students the high-level of knowledge and skills in oriental music
  • Preparing students for a wide range of career options; locally and internationally
  • Engaging music experts from different countries in the program; for an effective and deep learning.

PRACTICAL (SKILLS-BASED) OUTCOMES

1. Skills in artistic expression: At the completion of their studies, successful students will be able to create and realise their own artistic concepts and to have developed the necessary skills for their expression.

2. Repertoire skills: At the completion of their studies, successful students will have studied and performed representative repertoire of the area of musical study. In the process, they will have had experience of a variety of appropriate styles.

3. Ensemble skills: At the completion of their studies, successful students will be able to interact musically in ensembles, varied both in size and style.

4. Practising, rehearsing, reading, aural, creative and re-creative skills: At the completion of their studies, successful students will have:

  • acquired effective practice and rehearsal techniques for improvement through self-study.
  • embedded good habits of technique and posture which enable them to use their bodies in the most efficient and non-harmful way.
  • appropriate skills for the transmission and communication of notated musical structures, materials and ideas.
  • fluency in recognising by ear, memorising and manipulating the materials of music.
  • the skills to compose and arrange music creatively within practical settings, including mastery of common technological tools used in composing and arranging.

5. Verbal skills: At the completion of their studies, successful students will be able to talk or write intelligently about their music making.

6. Public Performance skills: At the completion of their studies, successful students will be able to deal with the behavioural and communicative demands of public performance.

7. Improvisational skills: At the completion of their studies, successful students will be able to shape and/or create music in ways appropriate to the Arabic Musical genre, including advanced maqam improvisation.

8. Pedagogical skills: At the completion of their studies, successful students will be able to teach music at a variety of levels, and especially to teach their instrument to an advanced level.

9. Sound Engineering skills: At the completion of their studies, successful students will have acquired appropriate skills to implement recording and sound amplification procedures.

THEORETICAL (KNOWLEDGE-BASED) OUTCOMES

9. Knowledge and understanding of repertoire and musical materials: At the completion of their studies, successful students will:

  • know the mainstream repertoire of their area of musical study and some of its more specialist repertoire.
  • know the common elements and organisational patterns of Arabic music and understand their interaction.  I don’t know Arabic music, but isn’t there Arabic musicology: rhythms, instruments, forms, genres, scales (instrumental and vocal).

10. Knowledge and understanding of context: At the completion of their studies, successful students will:

  • know and understand the main outlines of Arabic music history and the writings associated with it.
  • be familiar with musical styles and their associated performing traditions.
  • have a broad understanding of how technology serves the field of music as a whole and to be aware of the technological developments applicable to their area of specialisation.
  • have knowledge of the key financial, business and legal aspects of the music profession.
  • be aware of the interrelationships and interdependencies between all the elements above and between their theoretical and practical studies.

11. Improvisational skills: At the completion of their studies, successful students will understand the fundamental patterns and processes which underlie improvisation in general and maqam improvisation in particular.

12. Pedagogical skills: Successful students are expected to be familiar with the basic concepts and practices of pedagogy, especially as they relate to music education.

 

GENERIC OUTCOMES

13. Independence: At the completion of their studies, successful students will be able to work independently on a

variety of issues:

  • gathering, analysing and interpreting information
  • developing ideas and arguments critically
  • being self-motivated and self-managing.

14. Psychological understanding: At the completion of their studies, successful students will be able to make effective use, in a variety of situations, of

  • their imagination
  • their intuition
  • their emotional understanding
  • their ability to think and work creatively when problem-solving
  • their ability to think and work flexibly, adapting to new and changing circumstances
  • their ability to control and, where possible, prevent anxiety and stress, as well as the

interaction of these with physiological demands associated with performance.

15. Critical awareness: At the completion of their studies, successful students will be

  • critically self-aware
  • able to apply their critical capabilities constructively to the work of others
  • able to reflect on social, scientific or ethical issues relevant to their work.

16. Communication skills: At the completion of their studies, successful students will have effective communication and

social skills, including the ability to

  • work with others on joint projects or activities
  • show skills in teamwork, negotiation and organisation
  • integrate with other individuals in a variety of cultural contexts
  • present work in accessible form
  • have appropriate Information Technology (IT) skills.

Creative careers are at the heart of economic, social and cultural transformation. As a program for music, students will have the skills and expertise to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in Palestine and overseas

  • Working as Professional musicians
  • Working in local ensembles
  • Working as Music trainers
  • Providing lessons on musical instruments in Palestine, musical institutes in the region and the world.
  • Offering private lessons
  • Managing projects related to music
  • Working as a sound engineer in studios or ceremonies
  • Working in technical media productions
  • Creating music for theatrical plays and movies