Music and art offer ways of expression that advance people in their cognitive and personal development. They give the personality of a child the impulses and challenges necessary to develop a healthy feeling of self-efficacy. Making music not only has an inestimable value in itself, it strengthens the individual in its social competence and gives important suggestions for self-reflection.
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MAESTRO AHMED EL SAIDI
Egyptian composer, now resident in both Austria and Egypt, of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Europe and the Middle East; he is also active as a conductor.
Prof. El-Saedi began private studies in Music in Egypt in 1963 and later studied Philosophy at Alexandria University from 1966–68. He studied music theory with Awatif Abdel-Karim and Gamal Abdel-Rahim and piano with Vsevolod Demidov and Libuše Křepelová at the Conservatory of the Academy of Arts in Cairo from 1968–71 and there earned his BMus with excellence. He then studied composition with Sergey Balasanian at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow in 1973–74 and studied composition with Friedrich Cerha, conducting with Otmar Suitner and Schenkerian analysis with Franz Eibner at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna from 1976–84, where he earned a degree in conducting in 1982 and a degree in composition in 1984, as well as the Magister Artium in 1985. He also attended seminars on conducting and musical phenomenology with Sergiu Celibidache at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz from 1978–80.
Among his honours are the Medalha Século Villa-Lobos from the government of Brazil (1988), the State Prize for Composition in Egypt (1995) and the State Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts in Egypt (2000).
As a conductor, he served as guest conductor of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra from 1981–88, as its assistant conductor from 1991–93 and as its resident conductor from 1993–96 and has served as its music director and principal conductor since 1996. He served as principal conductor of the Wiener Virtuosen Kammerorchester from 1986–88, as conductor of the Orchestra of the Conservatory of the Academy of Arts in Cairo from 1987–89 and as music director of the Egyptian Chamber Orchestra from 1989–95. In addition, he has served as artistic director of the A Cappella Choir in Cairo since 2001. He has conducted orchestras in Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea, Syria, Turkey, the UK, and the USA.
He is also active in other positions. He founded the International Workshop for Orchestral Conducting in Cairo in 2001 and the Arabic Perspectives Festival in Cairo in 2002.
He taught as an associate professor at the Conservatory of the Academy of Arts in Cairo from 1988–92 and in 1996–97 and has taught as Professor of Orchestration, Schenkerian Theory, Score Reading, and Tonal Harmony there since 1997, where he has also served as chair of the department of composition and conducting since 1997.
He has lived in both Austria and Egypt since 1976 and became a citizen of Austria in 1985.
In addition to the works listed below, Prof. El-Saedi has composed didactic music, film scores and popular songs, as well as incidental music for stage and TV productions.
Our educational standards ensure successful teaching, including the motor, emotional and social skills of the child.
Our students shape and design the lessons and thus positively influence their own individual learning process.
Our lecturers are highly qualified and experienced music teachers whose training is based on the curriculum of the Association of German Music Schools e. V. oriented. In addition, they are mostly active musicians who regularly appear on stage in front of the audience.
We also offer the following options:
Instrument carouselwhich instrument should my child learn? Is it already that far? What would it be best for him? We can tell you that at the end of the course. In order to discover the love for one instrument together with the child, the 4 basic instruments are presented and tested in group lessons (flute, piano, drums, ukulele / guitar) over several weeks. At the end, the students receive an assessment of the individual instruments and can thus commit themselves.
Band and EnsembleWith our band and ensemble offer, students have the opportunity to make music in a band or an ensemble. The band rehearses different songs on the instruments drums, bass, guitar, piano and vocals, works on their own songs and presents them during the school year. In our ensembles (string, ukuleles or flute classes), the instrument is learned together in group lessons and songs that are presented during the school year are set to music.
Early musical educationEarly musical education is intended for preschool children and promotes a general musical experience. It's not about learning sheet music or specifically learning an instrument, but rather it should playfully awaken the joy of experimentation and improvisation in singing, dancing and painting. In addition to the musical goals, the group lessons should also serve in particular to promote language skills. It's about singing, playing, dancing and painting!
Family-child courseIn the family-child course, children playfully experience music together with a member of the family. People dance, play and sing together and that is more fun with grandma - mom - aunt - grandpa or dad. Together with your child, language, development and family ties are promoted and strengthened in a creative and playful way.
COMPOSER AHMED EL SAIDI
Patron / chief conductor of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra
Head of Music School
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