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National Music Conservatory

The National Music Conservatory (NMC), established by the Noor Al Hussein Foundation in 1986, is Jordan's premier institution for the development of talented local musicians and the promotion of music appreciation in Jordan. NMC demonstrates the power of music to promote understanding, peace and unity across cultural divides.

NMC has trained thousands of students since its inception. It assists advanced students to pursue their music specialization abroad, and it campaigns in Jordan to integrate music as a fundamental component of education.

NMC musicians participate in a global network of international competitions, seminars, workshops, and master classes each year in Jordan and abroad.

The Amman Symphony Orchestra is one of NMC's most distinguished initiatives. With invaluable support from the Greater Amman Municipality, the Amman Symphony Orchestra has become an integral part of Jordan's cultural scene.

NMC also pioneered the establishment of the Student Orchestra and other performing groups, including the Faculty Chamber Orchestra, the Arab Music Ensemble, Choir, and Chamber Music Ensemble. In 2004, NMC established the Palestinian String Youth Orchestra. This initiative gives underprivileged Palestinian youths from refugee camps in Jordan aged between eight and 15 the opportunity to develop their performing skills and talents.

NMC provides music education at the college and preparatory levels, and has a cooperation agreement withYarmouk University to award a Bachelor's Degree in Music. Dedicated student musicians can specialize in Performance, Composition and Conducting, Arab Music, Music Education, or Music Therapy. At the preparatory level, NMC instructs young students in orchestral and Arab music instruments, as well as piano, guitar, and voice. This instruction is augmented with music courses in theory, appreciation, history, reading, ear training and analysis.

NMC promotes a holistic view of the role of music in society. An innovative application is the Middle East Institute of Music Therapy and the BA program in Music Therapy, both the first of their kind in the Arab world. In conjunction with Music in the Middle East, NMC is equipping university graduates to become music therapists, using music to treat victims of trauma as a result of armed conflict, loss, illness, or disability.

With support from the Ministry of Education, NMC has also produced several educational music manuals and books for teachers and students in public primary schools in Jordan.

Professional Associations
NMC prepares its students for the exams of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, of which NMC is the local representative, and the exams of the joint jury with the French Conservatoire National de Region de Boulogne Billancourt.

NMC is also a member of the European Association of Conservatories and Music Schools (EAC), and hosts the Arab Academy of Music.

Contact Information

PO Box 926687
Amman 11110 Jordan
Tel. + 962 6 4767221/2
Fax. + 962 6 4737147
Email: info@nmc.edu.jo

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