Our Curriculum

The full curriculum is a 3-year course of 4 days per week
(16-21 hours), Sunday – Wednesday.
Part-time tracks of 2 or 3 days per week are available as well.

Semesters 1 and 2

Basic Solfege - Harel Shachal (1 academic hour) 

It is an important ability to be able to read a piece of written music, to hear it in one’s mind and reproduce vocally how it sounds. Musicians who master this ability can learn and understand deeper layers of music. In the Maqam world in particular, musicians need to be able to sing written notes accurately while fully understanding tonal and micro-tonal intervals. In this course, students will learn how to read and sing from notes - from basic intervals to simple pieces.
1. Intervals in an octave - how they sound and how to sing them.
2. Basic scales through singing notes in sequence.
3. Basic scales, singing consecutive intervals.
4. Basic sight-singing of simple Maqam pieces.

 

Foundations of Turkish Maqam - Harel Shachal (2 academic hours)

The Turkish Makam system is organized into numerous extended scales comprised of basic musical pattern fragments. To know a makam thoroughly we must familiarize ourselves with its components, primarily through listening. This course teaches students to identify the basic pattern fragments (jins) through listening and singing.
In this Course Students learn:
1. The basic patterns of the Turkish Makam through listening to recordings of traditional instruments.
2. The basic accents and ormamentations of the Turkish Maqam.
3. Identifying Makam parts and basic intervals – Makam theory.
4. Dictation of musical phrases.

 

Turkish Ensemble - Harel Shachal  (2 academic hours)

Traditionally, the Turkish Makam is learned through active listening and playing with a master teacher. Through intensive demonstration and repetition teachers and students enter deeply into each Makam, to learn and perform selected pieces. Here students learn classical Ottoman repertoire, helping to assimilate foundational elements and nuances of the music. Students also learn to improvise in the Ottoman Turkish style by repeating the typical "ornamentation" of the Makams under study.
In this Course Students learn:
1. Analyzing and performing selected pieces
2. Improvisation (takasim) on the Turkish Makam.
3. The Turkish Maqam style or “taste”.

 

Elementary Theory - Wassim Odeh (1 academic hour)

A course designed to offer basic knowledge of the international language of music (notes), combining melodic and rhythmic reading of sheet music.

 

Foundations of the Arabic Maqam - Wassim Odeh (2 academic hours)

This course offers basic information about the Maqam - the modal system of Arabic music, combining theory and practice. The course aims at introducing this scale system in depth, familiarization with the behavior of the Maqam in improvisation and composition, and aural recognition. The course comprises guided listening, solfege singing (tetrachords, scales, exercises and musical pieces), dictation, aural identification and analysis of Arabic music using the principles of the Maqam.

 

Arabic Ensemble - Wassim Odeh (2 academic hours)

This class comprises a students ensemble that will learn to perform various Arabic classical instrumental and vocal works, focusing on Arabic performance elements such as melodic forms of the Maqam, the “mawazin” (rhythmic frameworks), instrumental and vocal genres, and improvisation.
In this Course Students learn:
1. The modal system (Maqam) and the rhythmic system (Mizan) of Arabic music.
2. Masterpieces of Arabic music.
3. The importance of improvisation in both written and improvised genres (takasim).

 

Arabic Vocal music - Sameer Makhoul (3 academic hours)

This course focuses on the foundations of classic Arabic singing, voice training, Middle Eastern vocal techniques, and the modality of Arabic music, the Maqam. Students will study songs from the classic repertoire of great Arab singers such as Umm Kulthum, Ismahan, Layla Morad, and more. The course will also focus on the Mawal (vocal improvisation), and students will learn Mawals in Maqams such as Rast, Nahawand, Hijaz, and more.

 

The Foundations of Rhythm - Yshai Afterman (2 academic hours)

Music is based on two pillars - sound and time. Complete musicians are familiar with and use both of these pillars to expand and understand their music. This course is meant to develop students' understanding and control of the aspect of time and the beat. Through analysis of modern and traditional rhythms step by step, together with exercises in rhythm and composing, students gain a deeper understanding of time and beat as well as the freedom and practical tools they need for their personal development as performers, improvisers, and composers.

  • Specifics of curriculum, course content and hours are subject to change.
  • Academic hour - 45 minutes.

Semesters 1 and 2 

Foundations of Maghreb Music - Elad Levi (4 academic hours)

This course is designed to offer students a basic understanding of the unique rhythms and melodic structures of the classical music of the Maghreb, the North African Nuba. The course includes a practical section in which students play together and experience the roles of the various instruments and the musical cultures of North Africa.

Foundations of Maghreb music
Foundations of North African Nuba
Foundations and basics of classical music from the Maghreb and North African Nuba
Foundations of Maghreb rhythms
Performance ensemble in which students play together, learn the roles of the various instruments, and practice North African music.

 

Foundations of Classical Indian Music - Dudu Elkabir (2 academic hours)

An introduction to the Raga system that offers basic knowledge of classical Indian musical styles and familiarization with the main Ragas (melodic modal scales). The course further offers an introduction to the uniquely Indian Tala (metric-rhythmical formulas), analyzing and understanding these complex structures.

 

Turkish Ensemble  - Yitzhak Ventura (3 academic hours)

In this course we will continue to learn the many faces of Turkish music. Through the traditional system of learning by means of experiential playing we will perform compositions from the classical and folk repertoire. In the course students will acquire tools for creating ornamentation in the Turkish styles as well as learning the connection between melody and improvisation in the Makam.
Goals of the course:

1. Learning and performing the repertoire.
2. Acquiring tools for creating correct ornamentation in the Turkish styles.
3. Improvisation (takasim) according to the motifs of the repertoire.

 

Arabic Ensemble (continuation) - Wassim Odeh (3 academic hours)

This class continues first-year Arabic Ensemble: a students ensemble that will learn to perform various Arabic classical instrumental and vocal works, focusing on Arabic performance elements such as melodic forms of the Maqam, the “mawazin” (rhythmic frameworks), instrumental and vocal genres, and improvisation.
In this course students learn:
1. The modal system (Maqam) and the rhythmic system (Mizan) of Arabic music.
2. Masterpieces of Arabic music.
3. The importance of improvisation in both written and improvised genres (takasim).

  

The Foundations of Rhythm (continuation) - Yshai Afterman (2 academic hours)

Music is based on two pillars - sound and time. Complete musicians are familiar with and use both of these pillars to expand and understand their music. This course is meant to develop students' understanding and control of the aspect of time and the beat. Through analysis of modern and traditional rhythms step by step, together with exercises in rhythm and composing, students gain a deeper understanding of time and beat as well as the freedom and practical tools they need for their personal development as performers, improvisers, and composers.

  • Specifics of curriculum, course content and hours are subject to change.
  • Academic hour - 45 minutes.
  • Third Year Courses:

    Foundations of Modal Counterpoint
    Musical Production
    Contemporary and Oriental Music
    Composition basics
    Basic Composing
    Ethnic Jazz
    Traditional Jewish Music 
    Individual Lessons

     

    • Specifics of curriculum, course content and hours are subject to change.