Programmes / Under Graduate / Musicology
Department of Musicology

The Traditional Classical Music of South Asia has always been the primary medium of emotional expression and communication for people living in this part of the world and historically has been the original and primary language of emotive interaction. It has played the single largest role in our artistic and emotional lives. Classical music is an essential part of our heritage and a specific formative factor in our cultural and emotional identity as a people. The National College of Arts established the first ever Department of Musicology in Pakistan with its focus on the musical systems that evolved in the northern region of the sub-continent, at the under graduate level in 2002 with a four year program entitled "Bachelors in South Asian Classical Music". The need for this program was felt because there is a lack of an informed understanding and sensitivity in the existing conceptual structure of our music. The purpose of the Department of Musicology is to produce musicians and musicologists who are willing to take on the responsibility of pursing both theoretical and practical music on a critical and intelligent level to combine it with techniques to create good music. Since musicology at its most fundamental is an inquiry and understanding of the "purpose" of music the Musicology Department at NCA aims at a revival of our musical heritage and to regenerate an interest in our classical music on the basis of a theoretical and practical understanding of music and a historical analysis of its aesthetics and composition.

Aim of the Program

The main objective of this program is to rediscover and recreate the link between a meaningful theory and practice of music, the premise being that music becomes true art only when its practice is integrated with serious musicology. The two of them become a cohesive whole, giving rise to a dynamic process of creativity. The program also aims to produce music of the future, based on critical understanding and with the purpose of engendering a rediscovery of our music as a significant instrument, in shaping and developing the sensitivities of our people in the twenty first century.

Objectives

The objective of the programme is to revive the fading charm of the classical music and to earn back the respect and value of a classical music performer. Through this we aim to re-establish a process of rediscovery of links between a meaningful theory and practice of music. The program also aims to produce music of the future, based on critical understanding of vocal and instrumental techniques.

Outcome of the Program

The informed students, instilled with responsibility, will be able to set the standards of good music, which generates a powerful and an enriching emotional state. This will lead to a qualitative growth and development of the emotional and mental world of our people and also enable them to lay guidelines for performers and listeners of our new generation. Music will be uplifted from the levels of purposeless inertia or spontaneous reproduction.

Practical Music

Fundamental study of classical music, sargam, and riaaz techniques introduction to tabla, placements of hands roles of dhaama and purra practice and stroke of fingers, verbal remembering of bols.

Theory of Music

Vocal
Tabla
Sitar
Music Analysis
Music Terminology
Theory of Art
Music Technology

First Term + Second Term

Major Subjects

All subjects are major subjects.
Vocal
Tabla
Sitar
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Forms of Music
Theory of Art
Music Terminology

Foundation Year Courses

History & Heritage
Enhancing Communication Skills
Islamiyat
Pakistan Studies
Survey of World Art & Architecture
(Field Trip)

First Term + Second Term

Major Subjects

Vocal
Tabla
Sitar
Piano/Notation
Music Composition
Introduction to Musicology
History of South Asian Classical Music
Comparative Study of Raags
Music Cognition

First Term + Second Term

Major Subjects

Vocal
Tabla
Piano/Notation
Philosophy of Music
History of Musicology
Music Technology
History of South Asian Classical Music
Comparative Study of
Classical Music Traditions

First Term + Second Term

Major Subjects

Mini Thesis
Analysis of Music
History of Music
Philosophy of Music

  • Prof. Sarwat Ali

Prof. Sarwat Ali
M.A English
Consultant Musicology


  • Dr.Muhammad Usman Malik

Dr.Muhammad Usman Malik
Assistant Professor
PhD.Ethnomusicology
Wesleyan University,Washington,USA
Bachelor Musicology,NCA

  • Mr. Zafar Iqbal

Mr. Zafar Iqbal
Lecturer
Bachelor Musicology-NCA
Msc Mass Communication Film & T.V Productions



  • Raza Shaukat

Mr. Raza Shaukat
Lecturer Tabla Player

  • Ms.Aliya Rashid

Ms.Aliya Rashid
Lecturer Vocalist

        Visiting Faculty

  • Prof. Mrs. Sarah Zaman
    (Professor Vocalist)
  • Ustad Habib ur Rehman
    Lecturer Vocalist
  • Ustad Muhammad Saleem
    Lecturer Sitar Player
  • Sajjad Hussain
    Lecturer Tabla Player
  • Ajmal Hussain
    Lecturer
  • Muhammad Ali Ayub
    Lecturer
  • Arshad Khokhar
    Lecturer piano Player
  • Attique ur Rehman
    Lecturer