NEW Courses: Sep.– Dec. 2017

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Taqasim Music School in the US (September – December 2017)

In collaboration with the Centre for Art (C4A) we are delighted to announce our first Beginners Oud Course in the US. The course will take place at the C4A, which is located in Urbana, IL, United State. The course will be conducted by Fadi Alnaji, one of our teachers, who used to teach the course in London, and it is based on our well-established educational materials and unique style of teaching the Oud. Please download the poster for more information (download here).

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The Taqasim Music School is pleased to offer Oud, Darbuka and Music Literacy Courses with The Arab British Center

September – December 2017

The 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 also offer private one-on-one lessons. If interested, please contact us at school@taqasim.net for further details and arrangements.

We are hosting an Open Day on Saturday 16th of September from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at The Arab British Centre. This event is free to attend. Click HERE for directions.

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Course List

Music Literacy for Beginners – NEW COURSE DATES

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 of classes, consisting of 5 lessons, 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 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 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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4 November – 2 December | 5 weeks | 10 hours
Saturdays, 10:00-12:00
September: 23,30 | October: 7, 14, 21
Course Fee: £100

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Oud Beginners: Group 1  SOLD OUT – please see Oud Beginners Group 2 

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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Oud Beginners Group 2 – SOLD OUT

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)

Sign-up Here
23 September – 2 December 2017 | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 14:00-16:00
September: 23, 30 | October: 7, 17, 21 (break 28) | November: 4, 11, 18,25 | December 2
Course Fee: £195

 

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Oud Upper Beginners    

The 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 analyzed 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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23 September – 2 December 2017 | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 16:30-18:30
September: 23, 30 | October: 7, 17, 21 (break 28) | November: 4, 11, 18,25 | December 2
Course fee: £195

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Oud Intermediate 

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 course, it is required to have attended an Oud Upper Beginner 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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23 September – 2 December 2017 | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 18:30-20:30
September: 23, 30 | October: 7, 17, 21 (break 28) | November: 4, 11, 18,25 | December 2
Course Fee: £195


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Oud Upper Intermediate 

New maqamat that will be covered in this course include: 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 maqamat.

In order to enroll for the Upper Intermediate course, it is required to have attended an Oud Intermediate course 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. Students need to allocate time for daily practice and study. The Oud Upper Intermediate 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. 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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22 September – 1 December 2017 | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Fridays, 18:30-20:30
September: 22, 29 | October: 17, 20 (break 27) | November: 3, 10, 17, 24 | December: 1
Course Fee: £195 


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Darbuka Beginner

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, it was made of baked clay and an animal-skin head. Modern versions are usually made of a light metal such as aluminum and have a plastic “head”.

This 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 WahdaMaqsumAyyub, 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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22 September – 1 December 2017 | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Fridays, 16:30-18:30
September: 22, 29 | October: 6, 13, 20 (break 27) | November 3, 10, 17, 24 | December: 1 
Course Fee: £195


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Darbuka Intermediate

This course will focus on new complex rhythms which will be learned and executed by combining the simpler rhythms covered in the beginner course. Such rhythms will include 5/4, 7/4 and 9/4 timing.
Various ornamentations will be added to known rhythms by filling in the silent beats and controlling the speeds at which rhythms can be played.

Also, new techniques will be taught such as the mahbous using both the right and left hand. An alternate combination of techniques will be applied to rhythms in order to develop students’ ornamentation skills.

Additionally, the course will focus on improving the quality of sound students produce from their Darbuka. An emphasis will be placed on developing the techniques learned in the beginner class such as the dum, tek and shek.

 

 

 

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17 September – 4 December 2017 | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Sundays, 12:00-14:00
September: 17, 24 | October: 1, 8, 15, 22 (break 29) | November: 5, 12, (break 19), 26| December: 3
Course Fee: £195

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Oud Ensemble 2 with Master Ahmed Mukhtar

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

The objective of the Oud Ensemble Course is to provide students with the opportunity to further progress their performance skills in a group setting. Through this course new maqams that will be explored in detail include: Maqam Hijaz, Kurd, Sega and Saba. 

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.

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.

The course will differ from the Oud Ensemble class since the Maqamat covered will enable students to explore a variety of different techniques using different notes, quarter tones and different qarar and jawab combination.

The course consists of 6 lessons lasting 3 hours each. The maximum capacity for this course is 10 students.
Lessons are taught on a bi-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: £250 (paid online)
Course book: £5 (paid on the first day of class)

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17 September – 3 December | 6 weeks | 18 hours
Sundays, 14:00 to 17:00
September: 17, 24 | October: 8, 22 (break 29)| November 5 (break 19) | November 26 Course fee: £250

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