*Register Now* June – August 2020 & Summer Intensive Course

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*Important Note* – Covid-19
9th April 2020

We hope that you have all been keeping well and staying safe.
We, at the Taqasim Music School, conducts our face-to-face class at The Arab British Centre. The Centre is currently closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak and will remain closed until they are instructed by the government that it is safe to reopen.

Following the closure of the Centre in March, we have successfully transitioned the majority of our classes to be conducted online. If the Arab British Centre is still closed when the term is due to start, the Oud and Arabic Music Theory courses will take place online either for the full term or until the Centre reopens.

Should we have the need to deliver our courses online and you do not wish to take the course, please be in touch with the Arab British Centre via email: info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk They will arrange for you to receive a credit to take the course in person when the centre reopens.

It is not possible for the Darbuka classes to run online, so students will receive a full refund if the Centre is not open by the start of the course.

Thank you for your understanding

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Termly Courses May – August 2020

Open Day (termly event)

When: Saturday, 30th May 2020, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Online
Registration is free.
Click HERE to register

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New students interested in registering for oud and darbuka Intermediate level or higher need to be assessed by a teacher from our school.
To book an assessment appointment please email: school@taqasim.net 

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

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Summer Intensive Course

Monday 24 August –Saturday 29 August 2020

 

Introduction to Arabic Music is an intensive course that will introduce the basics of Arabic music. The objective of this course is to give students a good basic theoretical and practical understanding of Arabic music.

The material covered will include a brief history of Arabic music, maqamaat, rhythms and musical forms presented along with a select repertoire of traditional and popular music. These will be analyzed and presented in a cultural and historical context. 

Students are encouraged to bring along a stringed instrument to play during the course. A Oud is preferable, as it is one of the main Arabic musical instruments used today.

To make the best of this course, students are advised to practice regularly. 

The course will run for 6 consecutive days.

 

The last day of the course will be dedicated to playing a select number of pieces that have been covered during the course. Students are welcome to bring along their instrument of choice if they wish. 

Note: Playing an instrument is not a requirement to enrol in this course. 

Registration: £145 (paid online)
Course Book: £5 (paid on the first day of class)

Sign-up Here

Monday 24 August – Saturday 29 August 2020 | 6 days | 14 hours
Monday – Friday 18:00 – 20:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00
17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 August
Course Fee: £145

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June Term – Saturday Courses

 

 

Arabic Music Theory I

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 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:

  • Reading and writing rhythms
  • Reading and writing melodies
  • Understanding music theory basics
  • Recognizing maqamaat in notation
  • Understanding the signs and symbols in 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: £125 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

 

Sign-up Here

6 June – 27 July 2020 5 weeks | 10 hours
Saturdays, 10:00 – 12:00
6, 13, 20, 27 June | 4 July
Course Fee: £125

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Oud Beginners 

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 maqamaat 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 highly encourage beginners to sign up for our Arabic Music Theory I.

This course is 10 lessons long. Each lesson runs for 2 hours. The for a maximum capacity is 7 students. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis.

It is recommended that students spend time practising material learned in between lessons.

Students must have their own instrument.
Teachers are available to assist in finding an Oud and to assess instruments.

Registration: £220 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

Sign-up Here

6 June – 8 August 2020 | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 12:00-14:00
6, 13, 20, 27 June | 4, 11, 18, 25 July | 1, 8 August

Course Fee: £220

 

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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.

To enrol for this course students need:

  • To have completed the Oud Beginner Course

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

The maqamaat that will be further analyzed and transposed from different keys during this course through the study of traditional songs and piece are: Nahawand, Ajam, Kurd, Hijaz, Bayat, Rast, Saba and Segah.

 

Registration: £220 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

 

Sign-up Here

6 June – 8 August 2020  | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 16:30-18:30
6, 13, 20, 27 June | 4, 11, 18, 25 July | 1, 8 August

Course Fee: £220

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Oud Intermediate

We offer 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.

Note: Students must have their own oud to practice between lessons.

Registration: £220 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

 

Sign-up Here

6 June – 8 August 2020  | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 18:30-20:30
6, 13, 20, 27 June | 4, 11, 18, 25 July | 1, 8 August
Course Fee: £220

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June Term – Sunday Courses

Oud Ensemble I 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: Ajam, Nahawand, Rast and Bayat.

The course consists of 6 lessons, 3 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 Intermediate and Upper Intermediate courses.

Registration: £275 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

 

Sign-up Here

7 June – 16 August 2020 | every other week | 18 hours
Sundays, 14:00-17:00
7, 21 June | 5, 19 July | 2, 16 August

Course Fee: £275

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Oud Advanced – Part 3

The Oud Advanced course has been designed for students who have completed Oud Advanced Part 1 and 2, are comfortable playing the Oud using a high level of technique and wish to further advance their playing skills. Students are required to have completed the Upper Intermediate book with a high level of achievement and be able comfortably read music notation without the use of tablatures

This course will cover multiple techniques of oud playing including a high level of applying ornamentation patterns such as: qarar and jawab, the use of trills. Modulations, secondary maqamaat and the use of all three playing positions will also be practised. These techniques will be practised and applied while playing a variety of complicated repertoires providing students with a challenging set of skills to improve their playing.

 

Registration: £310 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

Sign-up Here

31 May – 9 August 2020 | every other week | 18 hours
Sundays, 14:00-17:00
31 May | 14, 28 June | 12, 26 July | 9 August

Course Fee: £310

 

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