Performances are an essential component of music education and provide goals for student learning. They also equip the aspiring musicians with the experience to pursue non-traditional job opportunities, as talented NMC students and teachers join various orchestras and ensembles locally and regionally.
Since its inception NMC has produced talented graduates that have achieved national and international acclaim as master musicians, opera singers, and conductors.
Esteemed NMC Alumnae include Karim Saeed, Zaid Dirani, Tareq Al-Jundi, Natalie Samaan, Nabieh Boulus, Basel Theodory and many more.
In 2007, the NMC developed Jordan’s first national orchestra in close partnership with the Greater Amman Municipality and the private sector. Today, the orchestra performs upon request, providing opportunities to experience music through the works of great composers, visiting conductors, and fine soloists. Such performances promote music appreciation and unity across cultural divides.
The NMC pioneered music therapy in Jordan which is recognized by the World Health Organization and many health insurance policies as a rehabilitative practice, akin to physiotherapy sessions. The NMC professional therapists utilize the power of music to improve the coping mechanism and social interactions of autistic, disabled, survivors of gender-based violence, and traumatized people of all ages. After the gulf crisis, the program also proved to be effective in rehabilitating hundreds of refugee children and their families, who were victims of armed conflict.
“Dul Fakhar, a 16-year-old Iraqi refugee living in Jordan, was a survivor of sexual abuse. He suffered from mental disability, attention deficit, and aggression. His parents sought help after his mental state made the home environment unsafe for him and his siblings. Dul Fakhar was referred to one of the NMC’s music therapists who immediately started therapy sessions using mainly drum techniques. Initially, Dul Fakhar was only able to maintain focus for 30 seconds before becoming agitated. Towards the end of the 3- month therapy, Dul Fakhar could play the drums for over three minutes, and his mother and caseworker started noticing a significant change in his behavior. He became calmer and less aggressive, and his social skills improved allowing him to better engage with his family and integrate into his community.”