The ESNCM offers three programs of study in its branches - the Bustan or Kindergarten program, the Regular program and the Amateur program.
The Bustan Program
The Kindergarten program is divided into two age groups: Bustan al-Baraem (Garden Buds) is for children aged 5, and Bustan al-Zuhour (Garden Flowers) is for 6-year-olds, or those in their first grade at school. Children attend the program twice a week, learning music through play and through special methods designed for their age group, including Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze methods. Students do not learn a specific instrument in the Bustan program, but are exposed to all the instruments through live demonstrations by ESNCM teachers, which facilitates choosing an instrument to play after completion of the Bustan program.
The Regular Program
The musical program of study at the ESNCM has been designed to give regular students a broadly structured instrumental and theoretical musical education. It consists of three levels:
The Preparatory level. This is an optional level, mainly for younger students.
The Elementary level.
The Intermediate level.
After completing the three levels successfully, students are equipped with a level of skill, independence and knowledge in music that is an excellent foundation for either professional music study, or lifelong music-making at any level.
The Regular Program consists of training in a Western or Arabic instrument, with examinations in 8 grades, plus an optional preparatory grade, each of which can be completed in a maximum of two academic years. It also includes theory, ear training, and history and appreciation of Arabic and Western classical music. The program also emphasizes ensemble playing, choirs and group Arabic percussion. The program gives students a broad education in both Arabic and Western music cultures.
The Amateur Program
Lessons are also offered to amateurs and music lovers through the Amateur Program. Students take individual lessons on their instrument, and may also register for theoretical or group courses (subject to teacher approval), without having to comply with the regular curriculum or to sit for exams. Students in the amateur program do not get credit or certificates for classes and courses that they have attended.
Through these programs, on the one hand the ESNCM gives an appropriate level of academic attention to the regular student to equip him/her as a skilled musician or to prepare him/her for higher level musical studies, and on the other hand gives the opportunity to as many of the Palestinian people as possible to enjoy their right to musical culture and practise music as a hobby, under the guidance of highly skilled and qualified teachers.