Master 1 in Music and Musicology – Music Therapy | Antonine University


Master 1 in Music and Musicology – Music Therapy

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  • 24Credits
  • 1Duration of the program
  • $80Price
Official Name of the Program Master 1 in Music and Musicology – Music Therapy
Official Degree Level Master 1
Price/Credit Collective course: $80 – Individual course: $125
Campuses Availability Hadat–Baabda

Program Objectives

This program responds to the growing need of Lebanese society, which is inherent in music-related professions.

It is, above all, about the Lebanese school education sector, which needs to hire (over the next 15 years) a large number of music educators, due to the legislation that makes music education mandatory over primary schools and the shortage of qualified teachers.

It is also about music therapy, the adjunct care sector in neurology and psychiatry, using musical listening, and music practice, while in Lebanon, the music-therapist profession is in a promising phase.

Finally, it is about music sound professionals and experts in the integration and processing of music in the media (including the press), qualified researchers in the field of musicology and professional musicians (musical traditions of the Orient, Baroque music), with a background in musicology.

Graduates of this program shall become musical experts, especially music educators, music therapist auxiliaries, musical sound professionals, or professional cultivated and high-flying musicians, in particular, in the traditions of the Orient and ancient European and Mediterranean music. These trades are to be carried out in schools in the public or private sector, in technical schools and music schools, in treatment centers (music therapy), in social or media production companies, or professional musical performance frameworks.

The graduation program enables the development and deepening of music and general musicology competencies, besides specific skills to each of the six concentration, while at the same time introducing an essential component of initiation into scientific research. The Master 2 also opens the way to doctoral registration by setting up a fully-fledged professionalization diploma.

The FMM proposes to its best graduates to take advantage of the agreements of doctoral co-direction with the Sorbonne Université and the Institute for Research in Musicology (IReMus), while remaining attached to the Centre for Research on Musical Traditions of the FMM. These music-related professions require the articulation of several types of complementary skills. Some of these skills are general:

  • essential practical and theoretical musical competencies, in Levantine and European music;
  • scientific research skills, inherent in musicology and related disciplines of targeted concentration.

    Others are specific:

  • pedagogical competencies (MT_MM_SEM);
  • health care competencies (MT_MM_MTP).
  • technological competencies (MT_MM_MTM);
  • advanced oriental music competencies (MT_MM_MSA); and
  • advanced occidental music competencies (MT_MM_MSE), particularly in baroque music (sub-concentration MB).

    It is also about soft-skills:

  • verbal and musical, written and oral communication ;
  • critical thinking;
  • scientific rigor;
  • ethical correctness; and
  • friendliness in diversity.

Graduates of this program, while becoming high-level music educators, music therapists, professional musicians, musical sound experts, or music critics in the press and media, may pursue doctoral studies to become university lecturers and researchers.


Any student holding a bachelor’s in Music and Musicology of the same concentration, obtained from the Faculty of Music and Musicology (FMM) at the Antonine University (UA) or any other approved higher education institution, may apply to study in the Master’s program. If the candidate have completed his bachelor’s degree in a focus other than that planning for the Master’s degree, the applicant must validate the requisites courses as remedial.

Conditions of admission in Master 1

For all plans:

  • hold a Lebanese Baccalaureate, or it’s equivalent;
  • hold a BA in music and musicology, which the transcript is examined by the FMM Transfers and Equivalences Commission, with an average of more than 14/20 (in European system) or a GPA higher than 2.3 (in the American system); and
  • pass on an orientation interview with the Dean.


Teaching Methods

Educational practices are classified into:

  • courses of introduction to research methods, lectures on musicological research methodology and introduction seminars on musicological research, with emphasis on ethical deontology of the researcher’s;
  • collective scientific courses of musicology, music education sciences and music therapy delivered as lectures, while resorting, at the same time, to ancillary and diverse learning strategies, including group work and preparation of literature reviews, synthesis reports, and presentations by students based on the information and communication technologies (ICT) in education;
  • music (Levantine and Western) and harmony training courses which combine ear training with musical listening, memorization, collective singing, collective and individual solfeggio reading and musical dictation, while making use of the information and communication technologies (ICT) in education;
  • collective courses of music therapy, which combine theoretical teaching and learning with practical training courses in healthcare contexts; and
  • individual and collective music instruction courses aimed at the development of students enrolled in the Arab Art Music or European Art Music concentrations in terms of high-end instrumental or vocal learning.


Evaluation Process

Assessment components

The system for assessing students’ achievement of course learning outcomes is based on the evaluation components as follows, depending on the types of courses taught:

Theoretical courses A of mainly lecture-based teaching leading to a cumulative assessment of four evaluative components, as follows:

  • Component 1, with 20%: continuous evaluation (classroom activities, tests, assignments, oral presentations, etc.);
  • Component 2, with 20%: Test 1 (Written test of 30 minutes);
  • Component 3, with 20%: Test 2 (Written test of 30 minutes);
  • Componet 4, with 40%: Final exam (anonymous test taken at the end of the semester);

Theoretical courses B of mainly lecture-based teaching leading to a cumulative assessment of four evaluative components, as follows:

  • Component 1, with 20%: continuous evaluation (classroom activities, tests, assignments, oral presentations, etc.);
  • Component 2, with 20%: Test 1 (Written test of 30 minutes);
  • Component 3, with 20%: Test 2 (Project presentation);
  • Componet 4, with 40%: Final exam (anonymous test taken at the end of the semester);

Courses of occidental musical training, Mashriqi musical training, and harmony, leading to a cumulative evaluation consisting of six evaluative components, as follows:

  • Component 1, with 10%;
  • Component 2, with 10%;
  • Component 3, summary, with 30%;
  • Component 4, with 10%;
  • Component 5 with 10%;
  • Component 6, summary, with 30%.

The supervising teacher evaluates the internships as follows:

  • Component 1, evaluation of internship participation, with 30%;
  • Component 2, evaluation of placement learning outcomes, with 30%;
  • Component 3, evaluation of the placement report with 40%.

Individual musical practice courses shall be evaluated by the teacher and a Board of Examiners as follows :

  • Component 1, continuous assessment, with 60%;
  • Component 2, assessment by the Board of Examiners, with 40%.

The passing grade for all courses in the graduate is set at 70/100.


The graduate students are covered by the GPA academic regime.

The result obtained by a student enrolled in a given course appears as a numerical notation of 100 on the Student Information System (SIS), this result is translated into the SIS and the transcripts into the alphabetical ranking.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for a Master 1, Master 2 or Teaching Diploma, students under the academic regime with GPA (cohorts registered for the first time in a graduate degree from September 2019 and concerned by the calculation of the GPA) must fulfill the following requirements:

  • validate all credits required for the academic program courses (passing grade: 70/100);
  • validate all other admission requirements;
  • achieve an overall cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.3/4 (equivalent to an overall average greater than or equal to 75/100);
  • achieve a cumulative GPA specific to the discipline (for the musical training courses) greater than or equal to 2.3/4;
  • demonstrate ethical conduct in the university;
  • have honored payment of all tuition fees at the university.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Common PLOs:

At the end of the program of MT_MM, the student will be able to

  • decipher and transcribe a musical score of a complex musical sequence used in the chosen professional context;
  • analyze in-depth musical sequences from several traditions;
  • plan musicological research, in a sub-disciplinary field well known to the apprentice researcher and in an area of study accessible to him, by formulating the objectives, questions, and hypotheses of this research in an appropriate manner and following the established epistemological principles;
  • conduct musicological research on a subject known to the student, using proper methodological tools, while respecting the epistemological beliefs of the chosen sub-discipline and the ethical principles of scientific research; and
  • communicate effectively orally and in writing (in French, in English or Arabic), by building a credible and reasoned discourse, around research work meeting the usual methodological criteria.

Specific PLOs:

At the end of the Master 1 in Music and Musicology – Music Therapy option, students will be able to develop a scientific research project in music therapy culturally contextualized concerning Lebanon and the Levant. This research shall be original, relevant, and well written, and will be finalized in the Master 2 by a thesis in due and proper form. In addition, students will be capable of using music in a therapeutic context, in a receptive perspective, and an active perspective, based on psychopathological and neurological diagnostics established by the specialists and under their strict supervision.



Program Structure

General Scientific Common Program

Code Course Credits
MRCH701 Musicological Research Methodology
Musicological Research Methodology
3 Credits
This course briefly explains the approach adopted to initiate scientific research in the musicological field, including the sciences of music education; it consists of teaching the students/researchers to prepare and present a work that is well articulated, coherent, and rich in scientific material. The course outline is divided into six parts: - Analyze the subject and treat it according to its main object: the problem and the relative hypotheses. - Explain the literature review and collect the data: selection, reading, summary, and synthesis. - Structure and build the text: introduction, development, and conclusion. - Write the thesis: divisions and subdivisions, bibliography, and presentation on Microsoft Word. - Develop an electronic search strategy: Internet browsing, information mining technique. - Master typographic databases: processing and entering texts.
SRCH101 Research Seminar – Master 1 in Music and Musicology
Research Seminar – Master 1 in Music and Musicology
3 Credits
This research seminar provides support for apprentice researchers enrolled in music and musicology in all concentrations. It focuses mainly on research relating to musical traditions and traditional transmission, in particular, those that fall within semiotic and cognitive perspectives. Part of the seminar is devoted to the epistemological discussion of questions relating to research undertaken by students. The other part is devoted to the presentation of work in progress, in particular, musicological analyzes or surveys of ground. Students will also have to write and present aural reports, reports of the seminar and, for the most advanced, articles from their current research.
Obligatory Courses

Code Course Credits
MUMS117 Music Therapy Practices
Music Therapy Practices
3 Credits
Further theoretical development and implementation of principles in, active and responsive music therapy are given in this training. Music therapy is characterized in the theoretical part as knowledge of itself. It defines its structure and area, especially for the psychiatry and neurology, as a complement to medical therapy. The practical part allows future professionals to immerse themselves, observe, and practice music therapy in the field and this under the accompaniment of qualified music therapists. As for the last part, it argues through the analysis of practices, the use of musical elements played or listened to in the therapeutic relationship in accompaniment in music therapy.
MUMS 142 Music Therapy and Childhood Disorders
Music Therapy and Childhood Disorders
MUMS 142
3 Credits
Each of the childhood disorders will be treated as follows: definition, diagnostic criteria, classification, etiology, major associated disorders, some epidemiological data, and signs of appeal, followed by resources on the course and how to act in music therapy for each disorder.
RECH 304 Research Project in Master 1
Research Project in Master 1
RECH 304
3 Credits
This course corresponds to the process of developing a 30-40 pages research file in Music Therapy by a student under the supervision of a research director. Supervision sessions must be nine hours in total, over eight months. The director and another appointed researcher make assesses the project at the end of the course.
Elective Courses

Code Course Credits
STAT 501 Statistics
STAT 501
3 Credits
MUMS 112 Psychocognition of Music
Psychocognition of Music
MUMS 112
3 Credits
Cognitive psychology studies the great psychological functions of the human being related to knowledge. The cognitive psychology of music applies this disciplinary approach to the musical phenomenon, from both a poietic (production: composition, improvisation, interpretation, performance, and performance of the musical utterance) and aesthetic (reception of the musical utterance by the listener), relying on the immanent or neutral analytical level and reserving a special place in the process of developing related skills (learning). This course presents the disciplinary framework of cognitive psychology within cognitive research, particularly with neuroscience, as well as the history of research on music perception. It also studies in detail some of the research applied to polyphonic tonal music and modal monodic musical traditions.
MUMS 108 Analysis of Traditional Mashriq Musical Utterances
Analysis of Traditional Mashriq Musical Utterances
MUMS 108
3 Credits
This course offers a musical analysis of modal semiotic essence throughout examples borrowed from the musical traditions of Mašriq. As for modal semiotics, it consists of a study of musical sound signs and their significant references, whose field is musical utterances shaped by modes, consistency of a musical text on the melodic level. This approach represents the framework of all the modes as a melodic or transmodal language, which, in the form of temporally articulated musical texts, is historically used and whose rhythmic stylistic systems or traditional standards form a metric component, regulate syntax, and structures the general form. The first part of this analysis course is devoted to acquiring the essential tools for this type of analysis. In contrast, the second part puts this approach and the related tools into practice and developing exhaustive analyzes of recorded traditional musical sequences.
MUMS 114 Neurosciences and Music
Neurosciences and Music
MUMS 114
3 Credits
This course introduces neuroscience in their approach to the musical phenomenon from perception, cognition, and psychomotor production.