Music & Musicology

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The Department of Music & Musicology seeks to foster and disseminate music aesthetic values in the Omani society, to promote music and artistic perception, and to contribute to the development of the status of music in the Sultanate. The Omani citizen has in fact the right to high quality music, a main component of people's identity and an indicator of their development. Music has a tremendous impact on people which goes beyond mere soothing or stimulation of emotions; it contributes to the development of the perceptive and mental potential of the individual, helps refine tastes, and defines personality traits.Teaching music in tertiary institutions is a pressing need. It is a constitutive factor of students' cultural identity and personality at a critical stage of their development. The openness of university systems and programs on artistic specializations is therefore an act of guidance and awareness raising which triggers an influential generation of musicians that reconciles science with arts and personal skills. Thus, we are committed to a musical education opened on other cultures with a view to consolidate musical bilingualism. In this respect, the Department attaches a great importance to Arab music without negating western music which is systematically explored to guarantee the acquisition of more than one musical language at the same time. The Department fosters the values of diversity and difference and is committed to highly qualified and experienced teaching staff from different schools and tendencies: east oriental, west oriental, east European, west European… This orientation stems from the conviction that music is an international language, and Arab music is not isolated from other musical languages.