Courses Feb.–Apr. 2017

The Taqasim Music School  is delighted to present

Oud and Music Literacy Courses

February  – April  2017

Below is the list of courses being offered between February – April 2017. We are very happy to introduce a new course: DARBUKA! Scroll down for further details on each course and registration.

We are hosting and Open Day with Taqasim Music School on Saturday 28 January from 12 – 4 pm  . It is free to attend. For more information click here.

 

 

Music Literacy for Beginners

This course is highly recommended for students who want to take oud lessons for the first time but haven’t seriously studied music before. Learning a new instrument is hard enough by itself: new ideas, new techniques, new pieces of music and lots and lots of practice! So let’s make things a little easier. In this short series (5 lessons) of classes you will learn all the basic skills you need to read, write and “talk” music. Taking a practical approach to music theory, we will be adapting the best bits from Western classical music theory and Arab classical music theory to give you all the tools you need to start your new life as a musician. Topics for the course will include how to read and write rhythms; how to read and write melodies; understanding the basics of maqam theory and how to recognize maqams in notation; how to understand all the signs and symbols on a musical score.

NOTE: We highly encourage students interested in this course to sign up also to the Oud Beginners course running straight after it on Saturdays from 12:00 – 14:00.

 

Oud Beginners Level I

The Oud is a short-necked fretless lute, the most important and widespread instrument in Middle-Eastern music. The objective of the beginners course is to acquire the fundamental techniques needed to play the Oud and understand the characteristics of the Maqam music system, studying the eight fundamental Maqams together with traditional and popular repertoire.

No previous music knowledge is required to attend this course, as most music is notated as tablature, a visual representation which does not require understanding of music notation. However, we do encourage beginners to sign up to our Music Literacy for Beginners Course. (You can find the description below)

The course is made up of 10 lessons of 2 hours each, for a maximum group of 7 students. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis and it is recommended that students spend time practicing in between lessons. All course materials are provided in printed and digital format.

Students need to have their own instrument, and the teachers are available to assist in finding an Oud and in assessing instruments.

Oud Beginners Level II       

Taqasim Music School offers a more advanced set of courses for groups of students who are interested in improving their Oud playing skills further than beginners and lower than intermediate.

In order to enroll for these courses, it is required to have
attended an Oud beginner’s course or to have basic information about Oud, and have your own instrument. The teachers are available to assist in finding an Oud and in assessing instruments.

The students need to take into account some basic oud information and time for daily practice and study. The course is made up of 10 lessons of 2 hours each, for a maximum group of 7 students. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis and it is recommended that students spend time practicing in between lessons. All course materials are provided in printed and digital format.

During the course, a selection of Maqams (Nahawand, Ajam, Kurd, Hijaz , Bayat, Rast, Saba and Siga) will be analysed in detail, studying traditional songs and pieces.

Oud Intermediate level I

Taqasim Music School offers a more advanced set of courses for groups of students who are interested in improving their Oud playing skills further.
In order to enrol for the intermediate level 1 courses, it is required to have attended an Oud Lower Intermediate’s course, and have your own instrument. The teachers are available to assist in finding an Oud and in assessing instruments.

Students with existing knowledge may apply but will need to be assessed by a teacher: please contact us. The level is more advanced than Lower Intermediate, so students need to take into account time for daily practice and study. The Oud intermediate course level 1 is made up of 10 lessons of 2 hours each, for a maximum group of 7 students. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis and it is recommended that students spend time practicing in between lessons. All coursematerials are provided in printed and digital format.

During the course, a selection of Maqams ( ajam, Hijaz, Hijaz Kar, rast, Suzak) will be analysed in detail, studying traditional repertoire to highlight th
e characteristics of each Maqam, accompanied by technical studies on right hand techniques, left-hand positions, and 2 octave scales.

 

Oud Intermediate level 2

This course will include new maqamat like (Nahawand, Kurd, Lami, Bayat and Maqam Bayat Shor) also you will learn new techniques of the second octave and some ornamentation.

This course is designed for students who are interested in improving their Oud ornamentation techniques and to extend their knowledge of the maqams .

In order to enrol for the intermediate level 2 courses, it is required to have attended an Oud intermediate level 1 or  to have such a knowledge and have your own instrument. Students with existing knowledge may apply but will need to be assessed by a teacher: please contact: school@taqasim.net

The level is more advanced than intermediate level 1, so students need to take into account time for daily practice and study. The Oud intermediate level 2 course is made up of 10 lessons of 2 hours each, for a maximum group of 7 students. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis and it is recommended that students spend time practicing in between lessons. All course materials are provided in printed and digital format.

Darbuka Beginners

Taqasim Music School is very pleased to announce a new course. The darbuka (also known by a number of other names including darbuka, doumbec, tabla and goblet drum) is a drum with an ancient history and much used in the music of the Middle East and other areas. It is played with the hands and has a single “head”. Originally made of baked cla
y and with an animal-skin head, modern versions are usually made of a light metal such as aluminum and have a plastic head.

The beginners course will consist of 10 two-hour lessons, taught on Sundays at the Arab British Centre from 12.00 – 2.00 p.m. The course will cover basic techniques such as the correct way to hold the darbuka, how to produce the correct tones (such as “dum” and “tek”) and the correct right and left-hand strokes. Students will learn a variety of popular rhythms such as Wahda, Maqsum, Ayyub, Malfuf and Thurayya. Also a piece of music will be studied  and students should be able to play this to the best of their abilities by the end of the 10 lessons.

At the end of the course, students will have the option of progressing to an intermediate level darbuka course. This will involve more advanced playing techniques and the use of the darbuka to accompany singing.

Note: Students will need their own darbukas as they will need to practice between lessons.

 

 

Oud Intermediate (level 2)

3 February– 17 April 2017 | 10 weeks | 20 hours

Fridays, 18:00-20:00

February: 3,10,17,24| March: 3, 10 break ,17, 24, 31,| April : 7,14

 Course Fee: £195  

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Music Literacy for Beginners

4 February – 4 March| 5 weeks | 10 hours

Saturdays, 10:00-12:00

February: 4, 11, 18, 25 l March: 4

 Course Fee: £100  

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Oud Beginners 

4 February – 15 April | 10 weeks | 20 hours

Saturdays, 12:00 – 14:00

February: 4, 11, 18, 25| March: 4, 11 break, 18, 25 | April: 1, 8,15

 Course Fee: £195  

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Oud lower intermediate

4 February – 15 April| 10 weeks | 20 hours

Saturdays, 16:30-18:30

February: 4, 11, 18, 25| March: 4, 11 break, 18, 25| April: 1, 8,15

 Course Fee: £195  

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Oud Intermediate (level 1)

4 February – 15 April| 10 weeks | 20 hours

Saturdays, 18:30-20:30

February: 4, 11, 18, 25| March: 4, 11 break, 18, 25, | April: 1, 8,15

 Course Fee: £195  

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