NEW Courses: May – July 2017

The Taqasim Music School is pleased to offer

Oud, Darbuka and Music Literacy Courses with 

the Arab British Center

May – July 2017

Taqasim Music School, launched in March 2011, is a unique resource for organizations and individuals interested in researching the musical cultures of the Middle-East. You can see an introductory video of the school here

Below is a list of courses being offered between May and July 2017. We are very happy to introduce two new courses: Darbuka and Oud Ensemble! Please see below for further details.

We are hosting an Open Day on Saturday 29th of April from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. This event is free to attend. Click HERE for further information.

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Course List

 

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 challenging enough as it is: 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 maqam will be adapting the best bits from Western classical music theory andArab 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 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 also sign up for the Oud Beginners course running straight after it on Saturdays from 12:00 – 14:00

Registration: £100 (paid online)
Course book: £5 (paid on the first day of class)

 

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6 May – 3 June | 5 weeks | 10 hours
Saturdays, 10:00-12:00
May: 6,13, 20, 27 | June: 3
Course Fee: £100

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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 beginner course is to acquire the fundamental techniques needed to play the oud and understand the characteristics of the Maqam music system while 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 an understanding of music notation. However, we do encourage beginners to sign up for our Music Literacy for Beginners Course.

This course is 10 lessons long and for 2 hours each. The for a maximum capacity is 7 students. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis. It is recommended that students spend time practicing material learned in between lessons.

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

Registration: £195 (paid online)
Course book: £5 (paid on the first day of class)

 

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6 May – 15 July 2017 | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 12:00-14:00
May: 6, 13, 20, 27 | June: 3, 10 break, 17, 24 | July: 1, 8, 15
Course Fee: £195

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Oud Beginners Level II       

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

In order to enroll for this course, it is required to have

attended an Oud Beginner course or to have basic information about the oud, and have your own instrument. The teachers are available to assist in finding an oud and in assessing instruments.

Students need be comfortable with some basic oud information and allocate 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. It is recommended that students spend time practicing material learned in between lessons.

 

The maqamat that will be analzed during this course through the study of traditional songs and piece are: Nahawand, Ajam, Kurd, Hijaz , Bayat, Rast, Saba and Siga.

Registration: £195 (paid online)
Course book: £5 (paid on the first day of class)

 

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6 May – 15 July 2017 | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 16:30-18:30
6 May- 13, 20,27 |3 June, 10 break, 17,24 | July: 1, 8, 15
Course fee: £195

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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 enroll for the Intermediate level 1 courses, it is required to have attended an Oud Lower Intermediate 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: school@taqasim.net The level is more advanced than Lower Intermediate, so students need to allocate time for daily practice and study in order to see an improvement in their playing technique. The Oud Intermediate Level 1 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. It is recommended that students spend time practicing material learned in between lessons.

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

Registration: £195 (paid online)
Course book: £5 (paid on the first day of class)

 

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6 May – 15 July 2017 | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 18:30-20:30
May: 6, 13, 20, 27 | June: 3, 10 break, 17, 24 | July: 1, 8, 15
Course Fee: £195

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 Oud Intermediate Level II

This course will include new maqamat like (Nahawand, Kurd, Lami, Bayat and Maqam Bayat Shor) you will also learn new techniques using 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 enroll for the Intermediate Level 2 course, it is required to have attended an Oud Intermediate level 1 or to be comfortable with previously covered material 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 allocate 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.

Registration: £195 (paid online)
Course book: £5 (paid on the first day of class)

 

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5 May – 14 July 2017 | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Fridays, 18:00-20:00
May: 5, 12, 19, 26 | June: 2, 9 break, 16, 23, 30 | July: 7,14
Course Fee: £195 

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Darbuka Beginner

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

The beginner 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 course.

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 darbuka as they will need to practice between lessons.

Registration: £195 (paid online)
Course book: £5 (paid on the first day of class)

 

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7 May – 16 July 2017 | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Sundays, 12:00-14:00
May: 7, 14, 21, 28 | June: 4, 11 break, 18, 25 | July: 2, 9, 16
Course Fee: £195

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Oud Ensemble with Master Ahmed Mukhtar

[Ensemble:  A group of musicians who perform together.]

Taqasim Music School is pleased to announce the introduction of an exciting new course starting on the 23 of April 2017.

The objective of the Oud Ensemble Course is to provide students with the opportunity to further progress their performance skills in a group setting. Each class will focus on a single Maqam and its corresponding repertoire with the goal of further developing students’ ornamentation skills such as tremolos, trills and the use of qarar and jawab within each song or piece.

 

Through this course, students will have the chance to progress their skills collaboratively while performing as a collective ensemble as well as playing solo. A selection of traditional songs and pieces will be analyzed in detail, adding various ornamentations and dynamics. Maqams that will be explored in detail include: Nahawand, Ajam, Kurd, Hijaz , Bayat, Rast, Saba and Sega.

The course consists of 5 lessons, 4 hours each for a maximum group of 10 students.
Lessons are taught on a monthly basis.  All course materials are provided in print.

This Course is open to Taqasim students who have successfully completed the Lower Intermediate, Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2 courses.

Registration: £150 (paid online)
Course book: £5 (paid on the first day of class)

 

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23 April – 30 July | 4 weeks | 16 hours
Sundays, 14.00 to 18.00
23 April, 28 May, 25 June and 30 July
Course fee: £150

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