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Street Address:

Abu El Oula Building, Beydoun Street, Nazareth Sector, Sodeco, Beirut, Lebanon

Postal Address:

PO Box 7, Bikfaya-Metn, Beirut, Lebanon


+961 4 980 656

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Diploma programs


Diplomas. Studies in performance (classical, jazz/pop, traditional instruments - oud, bouzok, kanoun, nay), composition, theory, music education, sound engineering, DJ program. Awarded by the School in collaboration with the National Conservatory of Lyon in France.

Institution Notes:

The École de Musique Ghassan Yammine was founded in 1993, and was granted its current name and status in 2011. It operates on several campuses. Programs are offered in music, dancing, painting and acting to young children (including Kodály approach, Orff, Dalcroze) and adults. The music area comprises three departments - classical, modern and oriental. In 2011 a new campus was added in Hamra, Beirut, with departments of musical theatre and music therapy. Diplomas are issued jointly with the National Conservatoire of Boulogne-Billancourt and the National Conservatoire of Lyon, the directors being the co-presidents of the juries. The École Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris offers full scholarships to students of the École to continue their studies in Paris. Music programs are offered to interested members of the local community. An active member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Country Notes:

MUSIC IN SCHOOLS. Music training in schools in Lebanon is encouraged, with a growing movement toward better professional training for those who will teach it. Training is also offered in special music schools on a fee-paying basis, with programs at both elementary and middle levels (niveau élémentaire, niveau moyen). Higher level programs (niveau supérieur) may then be taken at universities. PROFESSIONAL MUSIC TRAINING. At the advanced professional level, higher music studies in Lebanon may lead to the qualifications of Diplôme, Licence, Maîtrise, Diplôme d’Études Approfondies and Doctorat (en Musique, Musicologie or Éducation Musicale). University music studies consist of three cycles: • Cycle 1: Two years, leading to the completion of the Diplôme d’Études Universitaires Générales (DEUG), in any of Music, Musicology or Music Education. • Cycle 2: Two years, leading, at the end of the first year, to the completion of the Licence d’Université, and at the end of the second year to the completion of any of Licence d’Enseignement en Musique, Licence d’Enseignement en Musicologie or Licence d’Enseignement en Éducation Musicale. • Cycle 3: Three years. At the end of year one, the Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (DEA), may be awarded, and at the end of year three, the Doctorat. To gain the senior specialist Doctorates - Doctorat en Musique, Doctorat en Musicologie, Doctorat en Éducation Musicale, at least four years of study following the DEA are required. The award of Diplôme Supérieur (Enseignement Musical Supérieur Spécialisé) in performance is following advanced study in the area of specialisation, the length of time depending on the chosen specialisation. Entry to the program is after completion of the Level 2 studies at a music school. The study program falls into two cycles: • Cycle 1: Two years, culminating in the examination of Fin d’Études. • Cycle 2: Two or three years, depending on the specialisation, culminating in the examination of Diplôme Supérieur Spécialisé. FOUNDATION FOR ARAB MUSIC ARCHIVING & RESEARCH (AMAR). Founded in 2009, it is committed to the preservation and dissemination of traditional Arab music. The collection includes much unknown heritage archival material from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, the Gulf and the Maghreb, material of local ethnic groups (Syriac, Kurdish, Coptic) that are part of the Arab world, and examples of the living tradition of the Sufi groups and the great reciters of the Koran. The archive holds around 7,000 records, mainly from the Nahda era (1903-1930s) and about 6,000 hours of recordings on reel. The Foundation organizes public lectures, seminars, conferences, holds concerts and issues CDs and literature. Qurnet el-Hamra Village, Metn District, Lebanon THE ARAB ACADEMY OF MUSIC. Lebanon is a member of the Arab League which organises the Arab Academy of Music (AAM), an umbrella body representing the music concerns and aspirations of all 22 Arabic-speaking countries. Its mission is to develop and promote music teaching and to disseminate music culture, to collect and preserve the legacy of Arab music, and to foster and promote Arab instrumental and vocal music in all its forms. It also concerns itself with the fields of music research, music study, planning of music programs, music education in all its forms, music criticism, the role of the various music professions, the role of music in the communication and programming media, and the manufacture of musical instruments. The Academy attempts to initiate and encourage the improvement of the status of music and musicians in the Arab World through undertaking various projects and studies that are of interest to all member states. Regular congresses of Arabic musicians are organised and an Arab Music magazine is published. The Academy supports the Child Song Music Festival which has become a standard annual event in Jordan and which aims to develop genuine Arab songs that appeal to the inner consciousness of the child. The Secretariat of the Academy is housed at the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan. The countries belonging to the Arab Academy of Music are Algeria, Bahrain, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Currently Syria’s partnership has been suspended as from November 2011 due to political unrest.

Last Updated:

October 2019