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56 Sheikh Bahai Street, Taleghani Street Corner, Mollasadra Street, Tehran
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There are programs of individual tuition on traditional and Western instruments as well as band and various instrumental groups.
The Pars Music Institute is one of the largest providers of music for children in Iran. It offers individual tuition to children and young people and organises bands and other instrumental groups involving both Western and traditional instruments. The Institute aims to preserve and promote children's music using innovative methods, including the Orff Schulwerk approach. With a teaching staff of around 40 tutors it has an enrolment of several hundreds of young aspiring musicians.
Currently there are six main types of music in Iran – classical Persian music, Iranian ethnic music, classical European music, fusion music (e.g. Persian piano music), Iranian pop music, and ‘underground’ music ( such as rock, rap, hip hop). EARLY MUSIC TRAINING. Early music training in Iran is taken either through lessons given by private teachers or in one of the over 1000 privately-organised music tutor schools throughout the country. Tuition may be offered on both Persian and European instruments. FORMAL MUSIC TRAINING. This comes under the jurisdiction of three separate government Ministries: • Ministry of Education. Responsible for supervising the school-level programs (years 7 to 12) of the Honarestan music schools. In other government schools music is not a specific subject in the curriculum, though schools can organize choirs for school performance. In some private schools music classes may be held in the afternoons after regular classes have finished. • Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance. Website: www.amoozeshhonar.com/ Responsible for the years 10, 11 and 12 of the special music schools (Honarestan) - one for boys and one for girls. These begin from school year 7 through to year 12 and for two years beyond, and provide general school subjects as well as more specific training in music. They operate using a Modular Learning System (MLS)(Poodemani). There are music pre-requisites for entry. The Ministry is also responsible for several private music institutions, some providing training for teaching of music and/or audio and visual production techniques. • Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. Responsible for professional music training at universities and higher degree institutions. Students are required to pass entrance tests to gain a place in university music programs, the tests comprising performance on piano and any other main instruments, solfège, theory, and general knowledge of music, literature and religion. ORGANISATION OF MUSIC STUDIES IN IRAN. Institutions providing music studies in Iran fall into two categories: • Government institutions: The Office of Islamic Culture (Website www.bonyad-roudaki.ir/prog2/) has oversight of the many non-government (private)music tutors and small music schools. Organisations such as city councils, houses of culture and the Seda va Sima, (the Radio and Television Organisation which comes under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Leader), provide opportunities for music tuition. Universities are authorised to award Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees in music. There are no direct Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees awarded for music in Iran, but holders of good MA degrees may apply to enter PhD programs in Culture (which may happen to be in the music area). Other institutions include the two Honorestan institutions, one for boys and one for girls, the Sooreh University and the Seda va Sima. • Non-government (private) institutions: Small music training centres, such as the 100 or so music studios offering training in music technology and production, and the 1000 or so music tutor schools offering training in performance (traditional and/or European) and theory to both children and adults. HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS. These include the Tehran Conservatory (under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Islamic Culture), the Nahavand Higher Education Institution offering a Modular Learning System with some emphasis on music technology (under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology), and the University of Applied Science and Technology (Website www.uast.ac.ir/) offer professional training programs. Non-government independent institutions, such as the Music Society, the House of Music and the House of Composers offer support to various groups of musicians throughout the country. TRADITIONAL IRANIAN MUSIC. There are three organisations in Iran promoting and preserving traditional music of the country: • Iranian Music Centre. This comes under the jurisdiction of the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Its role is to approve music publications and recordings and to organise public concerts and festivals. It has a large collection of field recordings of traditional Iranian music. • Music Centre of the Art Centre. This forms part of the Islamic Development Organisation. Its role is to preserve and propagate Iranian traditional music. It has a large collection of recordings and conducts fieldwork to collect examples of traditional music performance. • Centre for Preservation and Research on Iranian Music. The Centre is a section of Iranian Radio and Television Organisation (Seda va Sima) (see above). Further information on Iranian music may be found at www.medieval.org/music/world/iran.html and www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu/ IRANIAN MUSIC SOCIETIES. The following societies are not teaching bodies, but exist to support musicians to manage their business activities and to promote the teaching of music. They may organise concerts and workshops: • The Iran Music Society, which oversees vocal and instrumental productions by musicians and music groups - www.impo.ir/. • The House of Music is a private organisation managed by musicians and coming under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance. Located at No 248, before Jamalzadeh St, Fatemi Avenue, Tehran. Tel +98 21 6691 7711 Fax +98 21 6691 7712; • The House of Composers. • The Iran Chamber Society has researched the history and current state of music at the Boys' Music Institute and the Girls' Music Institute in Tehran. The article appears on the website at www.iranchamber.com/music/articles/choice_.. The Saba Music Museum houses a large collection of Persian instruments, located on Zahiroleslam Street, Baharestan neighbourhood.