Intro to Arab Music Course 2010

Posted On:
06 March, 2010
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AL-BUSTAN is pleased to partner with UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS to offer a new 5-day course for educators, musicians, and music enthusiasts!


INTRODUCTION TO ARAB MUSIC: Theory and Performance

Dates: June 28 – July 2, 2010; Mon-Fri, 9am – 5:30pm, with evening performance on July 2


Location: Springside School in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

Deadline to Register: extended until June 13, 2010

Fee to Al-Bustan: $400


Fee to UArts: $450 for teachers seeking Pennsylvania ACT 48 credits; sign up at UArts Professional Institute for Educators for ED 8425 01 (3 graduate credits), and see full policy on tuition discounts — PIE offers a variety of tuition discounts as well as a $250 scholarship for teachers in the School District of Philadelphia.
Note: this $450 fee is in addition to Al-Bustan’s fee of $400.


Instructors: Director Hanna Khoury, Hafez El Ali Kotain, and Hicham Chami


Designed primarily for K-12 music teachers, as well as instrumentalists, vocalists and music enthusiasts, this course provides a rich and engaging opportunity to learn about the Arab culture and people by working with renowned musicians/scholars and gaining an appreciation of Arab music through playing an instrument, singing, and performing in an ensemble. Participants spend the morning learning about Arab music theory, melodic modes (maqam), and rhythm. In the afternoon, participants attend a lecture exploring the cultural traditions and music of Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. Each day ends with small and large group ensemble instruction in Arabic songs and playing the nay, qanun, and various percussive instruments. Teaching resources are provided to use and adapt in participants’ classrooms. The program week culminates in an evening reception and performance featuring participants and faculty. To supplement the program week, participants are invited to observe music instruction as part of Al Bustan’s Arabic language and culture camp for youth held at Springside School during week of July 5.