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Französische Straße 33D, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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Bachelor of Music. Four years. Studies include classical performance, ensemble, instrumental conducting, composition, theory, musicology, aural skills, music education.
Artist Diploma. One or two years.A post-graduate certificate for advanced performance, composition.
In 1999 Daniel Barenboim and the American-Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said formed the West-Eastern Divan orchestra, composed of musicians from Israel, Palestine and other Arab countries. Beginning in 2016 a small and focussed pilot program in which up to 90 students from Israel and surrounding Arab countries received a four-year scholarship which covers tuition and living expenses for study at the newly-formed Barenboim-Said Akademie of Music. The music curriculum provides a broad-based education in classical music, combined with comprehensive studies of music history and theory from antiquity to the present day, as well as ear training. Practical courses are largely devoted to practice and performance - both individual and chamber music. Advanced elective courses are available in performance, music education, musicology and composition. Complementing the music program is a core curriculum in the humanities - foundational courses in philosophy, history and literature. Language classes are offered to ensure competency in English and German. Students are given exclusive access to Berlin Staatsoper rehearsals and selected performances. The program is supported by the federal government of Germany and other contributing private donors. Facilities include a new 620-seat concert hall (the Pierre Boulez Hall) designed by the American architect Frank Gehry, 21 rehearsal rooms, recording facilities, seminar rooms, an auditorium, a library, offices and other ancillary spaces.