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THE NATIONAL MUSIC ACADEMY EXPERIENCE

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The Professional Development Diploma is designed to provide you with all the tools you need to
be a professional artist in the music industry. Our World Class curriculum will be taught out of
Lahore DHA Phase 6 in a brand new world class facility currently being fitout.
The focus areas of the curriculum are as follows:

“The important thing to realise is that the spheres are all interconnected and the work that you do in musicianship, is reinforced in musicology and songwriting, as well as creative production, it’s learning through immersion as the course is designed to immerse you in the concept/musical theme that you are working on at that time.”

These will be taught over a 40 week calendar, with 2×75 minute & 1×45 minute classes each week on an alternating timetable
Course Outline
Musicology

Description

The musicology component of the Professional Diploma is designed to give students an overview of western and Pakistani music history and development as well as introduce students to elements of music that they might not necessarily usually encounter in instrument tuition classes. It aims to give students an understanding of music development so that they can learn the tools to continue to appreciate music and work with it’s ongoing development.

In this module students learn about the history and development of Pakistani music from traditional through to contemporary. Students will learn the creative pathways that have lead and shaped modern Pakistani music. Case studies of genre’s, artists, instruments, famous musicians, time periods and key events will be undertaken to further the students understanding of Pakistani Music.
In this module students receive an overview of the development of popular music from the mid-twentieth century onwards. Students also learn to examine specific stylistic developments and movements in the period and how they have influenced the current.​ This module also asks the student to consider the relationship between musical, social, economic and technological factors in popular music.
In this module students will learn about how popular and pakistani musical instruments developed to their current state and how their roles have changed in musical culture over time. This will include the implementation of technology into music as well as the more tradition usages of the main instruments.
Pakistan has a rich history of film and the accompanying music that goes with it. In this module students will learn about Lollywood, Pakistan’s most influential film genre based out of Lahore. This course not only explores the history of Pakistan’s film music industry but also the most common techniques used in composing for film and the music jobs related to the film industry.
In this module students will learn about the impacts that technology has had on the music industry. This includes the innovations of radio & the development of recording techniques. The course also covers the improvements in the distribution of music through social media and the accessibility of music globally. Students will understand how technology has greatly influenced the development of popular music.
Pakistan’s religious music focusses mainly on the love of Allah and praise for the prophet Mohammed. Pakistan has a large amount of Hamd & Naat singers which are traditional islamic singers focussing on poetic verses singing for the love of Allah. Students in this module will learn about themes, famous artists, song types, performances, musical characteristics and rituals involved in Pakistan’s religious music.
Creative Production

Description

In this course students receive an overview and instruction on capturing their ideas, creating music through midi and manipulating sound using the popular DAW Ableton. It’s designed to give students an introduction to the workflow and functionality of Ableton.

In this module students receive a basic overview and orientation in the Live interface including identifying the mixer, navigating between arrangement and session view, adding loops and triggering samples.
In this module students learn how to navigate between arrangement and sessions view and the performance purposes for each view. Students will also gain an understanding of the tools available for audio manipulation in each of the different views as well as techniques for engaging the DAW.
In this module students will learn about the shortcuts available in the Ableton DAW to enhance their workflow and add to their projects. Students will learn to trigger, record and add basic plugins through shortcuts in Ableton.
In this module students learn how to record into Ableton using microphones and direct lines through the audio interface.
In this module students will learn about creating self-moving edits across the entire mix to enhance their production skills. This includes but is not limited to filters, effects, panning and volume. Students will be able to work in both arrangement and session view with automation by the end of this module.
In this module students learn about the fundamentals of Midi and it’s key implementations and uses in Ableton and how it can add to the mix. Students will learn how to manipulate, write and create midi and transfer it across several VI plugins.
In this module students learn about sampling and how to identify and work with samples. Students learn how to create their own samples as well as to create music and excerpts based around samples taken from other projects. The aim of this module is to show students how to use samples not as the basis for a song but as an instrument and driver for new projects.
Students learn to mix the levels and effects of the recordings, samples and midi that they have included in their projects in Ableton. Students will also learn how to apply basic mastering techniques and export their projects from Ableton.
Musicianship

Description

This course shows the elements of music theory to students in an introductory way for all ages and levels. Students create short exercises based on each concept introduced. The course enables students to learn to read music, learn to write chords, identify aspects of music i.e. melody, harmony & rhythm, interval recognition and much more.

An introduction to The stave (or staff) which is the foundation upon which notes are drawn and communicated in music.
Students receive an introduction to note duration to build on their developed understanding of the stave and note identification. Note duration is the length of time that a note is played is called its note duration, which is determined by the type of note.
Students receive an introduction to bars and time signatures. Music is divided by vertical black bars called bar lines divide the staff into bars (or “measures”).
Alongside notes, rests play an integral part in music. They are the measured silence between the notes.
Students will explore the two methods for extending the duration of notes, dots & ties.
Students will explore the relationships between notes and the distance between them as well as learn to correctly identify sharp and flat notes.
Students will learn to identify and distinguish between different simple and compound meters including 2/4, 3/4 , 4/4, 6/8, 9/8 & 12/8.
Students gain an understanding of the major scale and the relationship between the notes and intervals that make up the scale.
Students gain an understanding of the natural minor scale and the relationship between the notes and intervals that make up the scale. Students also learn to distinguish between the natural minor and major scales.
Students learn the generic intervals and how to correctly identify them on the keyboard.
Students will learn to identify intervals and describe their qualities i.e. perfect, major, diminished.
Students learn all intervals between unison and an octave and how to identify and label them.
Students will learn the relationship between the notes in the major and minor triads.
Students take what they have learnt about major and minor triads and discover diatonic harmony over chords 1 to 7.
Students learn to identify the qualities and placement of the chords within the major and minor scales and assign roman numerals to the scale degrees.
Students learn the common major and minor scale progressions in popular music.
Students learn the techniques used in the minor scale composition. This includes natural, harmonic and melodic minor.
Students learn the relationships between the different keys as well as the progression of key signatures.
Students will learn how to identify and name the notes in the major scale according to their scale degree.
Students learn how to identify key signatures and the appropriate order of sharps and flats.
Students learn the scale degrees and identification of seventh chords, including major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th and half diminished 7th.
Principal Instrument & Performance

Description

This course involves technical and performance music studies for students in their primary musical practices (Guitar, Drums, Piano, Singing, Violin, Flute & Tabla). A diverse range of repertoire can be studied such as classical, contemporary, jazz and world music. This course offers the opportunity for the development of a range of technical and creative aspects of the instrument.

By the end of the 40 week program you will have gained:
  • An understanding of sound production techniques used on the guitar
  • An understanding of expressive techniques as written and played on the guitar
  • Confidently prepare, present and perform pieces of music
  • Use scales to explore the neck of the guitar
  • Identification of the different chords available on the guitar in both open position and barre
  • An understanding of notated music and sight reading
By the end of the 40 week program you will have gained:
  • An understanding of sound production techniques used while playing Drums
  • An understanding of expressive techniques as written and performed while playing drums
  • Confidently prepare, present and perform pieces of music
  • Use rudiments to explore the drums
  • An understanding of notated music and sight reading
By the end of the 40 week program you will have gained:
  • An understanding of sound production techniques used while singing
  • An understanding of expressive techniques as written and performed while singing
  • Confidently prepare, present and perform pieces of music
  • Use scales to explore the voice
  • An understanding of notated music and sight singing
By the end of the 40 week program you will have gained:
  • An understanding of sound production techniques used while playing Piano
  • An understanding of expressive techniques as written and performed on Piano
  • Confidently prepare, present and perform pieces of music
  • Use scales to explore the piano over 5 octaves
  • An understanding of notated music and sight reading
  • An understanding of broken chords and their application
By the end of the 40 week program you will have gained:
  • An understanding of sound production techniques used while playing The Flute
  • An understanding of expressive techniques as written and performed on The Flute
  • Confidently prepare, present and perform pieces of music
  • Use scales to explore The Flute
  • An understanding of notated music and sight reading
  • In depth understanding of articulations used on The Flute including double and triple tonguing
By the end of the 40 week program you will have gained:
  • An understanding of sound production techniques used while playing Violin
  • An understanding of expressive techniques as written and performed on Violin
  • Confidently prepare, present and perform pieces of music
  • Use scales to explore the Violin
  • An understanding of notated music and sight reading
  • In depth understanding of bowing and fingering techniques
  • Understanding of Broken Intervals & Double Stops
By the end of the 40 week program you will have gained:
  • An understanding of sound production techniques used on the Tabla
  • An understanding of expressive techniques as written and played on the Tabla
  • Confidently prepare, present and perform pieces of music
  • Use rudiments and techniques to explore rhythms on the Tabla
  • An understanding of notated music and sight reading
Songwriting

Description

In this course students will learn the simple tools and techniques that songwriters use to make their songs. These include constructing songs through lyrics, themes, chords and melodies. This course is delivered focussing on the contemporary popular songwriting style. Students learn to workshop and take their ideas from conception to complete and expand and develop their creativity through active examples.

In this module students will receive an introduction to songwriting and a brief history of it’s development in the popular format. Students will be shown active examples of good songwriting and be shown the tools to expand and develop their creativity.
In this module students learn to correctly identify and define the various parts that make up a song including the characteristics of structure as well as the musical techniques commonly used to define these areas.
Students learn to workshop and develop their ideas through lyrics and apply them to their songwriting. Students receive exercises and activities to develop their lyrical focus based on topics and themes of the song.
In this module students learn how to write creative lyrics using word techniques such as metaphors, synonyms, rhyming. Through active examples students will learn to rework lyrics and apply imagery and emotive stories into their songs.
In this module students learn how to write lyrics that appear familiar to listeners to engage with them. Students learn to write songs with words that are delivered in common everyday language as well as common well known phrases to use.
Students learn about the different types of melodies, and analyse popular songs to learn the melodic techniques at play in their favourite songs. From here, students apply these melodic techniques to the different parts of their songs to exhibit and distinguish choruses, verses and bridges to build engaging songs.
In this module students learn to write lyrics and melodies that work together to support and help deliver the overall message of their song.
In this module students learn how to choose the right chord to support their melodies and explore the concepts of reharmonisation, minor harmonisation and chord substitutions.
In this module students learn to recognise and differentiate the most common chord progressions. Students learn how common chord progressions work and how to substitute between them to make stronger chord progressions to support their melodies.

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