Music based curriculum to be included in SLC next year.

Starting from the next year, students at ‘Nepal Music Center’ will be able to appear in SLC examination as they have now laddered up in the 10th standard. Music subject was included in the SLS curriculum after ‘Curriculum Development Board’ registered the subject as a formal subject in school level. 12 students from Nepal Music School that provides secondary level music course will be able to sit in the Government Level Exam next year. The school also received proper bench as a part of getting ready for so called ‘Iron Gate’ examination next year.

 The primary level music education that started in NMC from 2062 B.S. has now attained secondary level. Director of NMC Santosh Sharma says, ‘The school level music education was started with an objective of providing the enthusiasts who seek to pursue their career in music academically.’ He further aimed to provide the education up to the higher secondary level. He said, ‘we are preparing to provide international level music education to the students.’

NMC is established under the support from Nepal and Norway Government from which the school receives 5 Lakhs annually. NMC has been organizing different programs through active involvement of musicians around the country. The school proves wide range of schooling in music and instrumentals such as Jazz, Hip Hop, Bollywood, Nepali Lok, Guitar, Keyboard, Violin, Drums, saxophone and deserving students are perusing their schooling though scholarships provided by NMC.

Nepal Sangeet Vidhyalaya, established in 2062 by Music Nepal, aims to provide formal music education from the primary level onwards. It is the first school in Nepal to be assigned the task of developing a music curriculum by the Ministry of Education. With curriculums approved up to class ten,  staff and teachers at NSV are currently working on the development of a curriculum for higher studies in music.  NSV is managed by Nepal Music Center, a non-profit organization in Bittisputali, Kathmandu. 

NSV sees Eastern and Western pedagogies as complementary and relies on both to work towards an innovative instructional methodology. Nepal Music Center is studying musical traditions of various ethnic groups with the aim of using these findings to generate educational materials. In line with the school’s belief that providing music education to students from the primary level will contribute to their healthy mental development, teaching materials developed by the school will be made available to all.

Nepal Music Center (NMC) is a non-profit organization established by Music Nepal to undertake non-commercial activities in the fields of music and culture for the preservation of the intangible heritage of Nepal. In collaboration with Rikskonsertene (Concerts Norway), NMC works to preserve, teach, and promote the music and dance of various ethnic groups of Nepal at the national and international levels. As such, its four areas of focus are formal music education; research, documentation, preservation and dissemination; international exchange; and the promotion of local musicians.

NMC derives much of its strength from partnerships with other stakeholders in music in Nepal.  Rikskonsertene is its first port of call for collaboration, and plays a significant role in both the selection and preparation of Nepali and Norwegian musicians for exchanges, as well as in the provision of linkages to other institutes and individuals who share the goals. The Royal Norwegian Embassy and NORAD, a Norwegian development organization, are two other partners with whom school works regularly. Of course, the government of Nepal and schools across the country are key stakeholders, and both are working in close collaboration with NMC to further music education in Nepal. Finally, the center is eager to forge partnerships with international universities and research centers to facilitate the exchange of students, teachers, and researchers.

NMC sees itself several roles in the development of music and music education in Nepal. First and foremost, it serves as a music school, a space where students of all ages can come for formal music education. It also strives to scout and promote talent across the country, with an intensive program designed to nurture exceptionally promising students. The Center also provides professional development for emerging musicians, based on its recognition of the challenges musicians may face in starting a career.

 The center pays special attention to issues of research, access, and dissemination. The center is intended for community access, as a space for the enjoyment of and participation in music by all. NMC have also been preserving recordings of Nepali music in order to sustain the longevity of these important documents. Finally, NMC sees itself as a driver of curriculum development in the field of music, being the first school authorized by the Ministry of Education to design a music curriculum. With all these, NMC hopes to become a place where local and international musicians, students, teachers, researchers, and academics can all come together and liaise to innovate and promote music and music education in Nepal. 
The center is housed in a plot measuring 30,000 square feet, though the building takes up slightly less than half of this space. The eighty million rupee building stands near Tribhuvan International Airport, in Battisputali. The facilities include practice and teaching rooms, a resource and research center, and performance spaces. There is an indoor auditorium which seats 125 guests and an open air theatre than can accommodate up to 250 people. The compound also houses accommodations for out-of-town scholarship students as well as visiting scholars and teachers. It is told that a professional recording studio, two fully-equipped percussion classrooms, an ensemble chamber, four classrooms, and an E-library will be built in the near future.

Posted by: Raju Gurung

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