**MAY 2024 Term Dates**

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Taqasim Open Day – 11th May 2024

When: Saturday 11th May 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Arab British Centre,1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE

BY APPOINTMENT

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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.

More questions? Please click below to visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page

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May 2024 Term – Friday Courses

Darbuka Intermediate – (in-person)

This course will focus on new complex rhythms which will be learned and executed by combining the 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 are 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.

The course will also focus on improving the quality of sound students produce from their Darbuka.

Note: Students must have their own darbuka to practice between lessons

Registration: £300 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

Sign-up Here

17 May – 26 July 2024 10 weeks|20 hours
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dates: 17, (24 Break), 31 May | 7, 14, 21, 28 June | 5, 12, 19, 26 July
Course Fee: £300

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Darbuka Upper-Advanced (in-person)

This course is open to returning students who have successfully completed the Darbuka Beginner & Intermediate courses. The course will focus on new complex rhythms and polyrhythms. Students will have the opportunity to play alongside recorded and live music, keeping the beat with songs. They will also learn how to hum or sing along tunes while playing the darbuka and keeping time with the music.

Students will also begin to explore the complexities of rhythmic improvisation creating their own combinations of ornamentation of taqasim.

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

 

Registration: £300 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

Sign-up Here

17 May – 26 July 2024 10 weeks|20 hours
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dates: 17, (24 Break), 31 May | 7, 14, 21, 28 June | 5, 12, 19, 26 July


Course Fee: £300

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May 2024 Term – Saturday  Courses

Arabic Music Theory I (in-person) 

 

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 

Registration: £125 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

Sign-up Here

18 May – 27 July 2024 10 weeks|20 hours
Time: 11:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Dates: 18, 25 May | 1, 8, (15 Break) 22, 29 June | 6, 13, 20, 27 July

Course Fee: £125

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Oud Beginners (in-person) 

 

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 practicing 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: £250 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

Sign-up Here

18 May – 27 July 2024 10 weeks|20 hours
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Dates: 18, 25 May | 1, 8, (15 Break) 22, 29 June | 6, 13, 20, 27 July
Course Fee: £250

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Oud Upper Beginners (in-person) 

 

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 enroll 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: £250 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

Sign-up Here

18 May – 27 July 2024 10 weeks|20 hours
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dates:18, 25 May | 1, 8, (15 Break) 22, 29 June | 6, 13, 20, 27 July
Course Fee: £250

 

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Oud Intermediate (in-person) 

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 practising material learned in between lessons.

During the course, a selection of Maqams (Ajam, Hijaz, Hijaz Kar, Rast, Suznak) 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: £300 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

Sign-up Here

18 May – 27 July 2024 10 weeks|20 hours
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dates: 18, 25 May | 1, 8, (15 Break) 22, 29 June | 6, 13, 20, 27 July
Course Fee: £300

 

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May 2024 Term – Sunday  Courses 

Oud Upper Intermediate (in-person)

 

 

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.

Registration: £300 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

Sign-up Here

19 May – 28 July 2024 10 weeks|20 hours
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dates: 19, 26 May | 2, 9, (16 Break) 23, 30 June | 7, 14, 21, 28 July
Course Fee: £300

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Oud Ensemble I (with Master Ahmed Mukhtar) (in-person)

 

[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 Ajam, Nahawand, Rast and Bayat.

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.

This Course is open to Taqasim students who have successfully completed the Intermediate and Upper Intermediate courses.

 

Registration: £300 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here
Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment

Sign-up Here

19 May – 28 July 2024 10 weeks|20 hours
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dates: 19, 26 May | 2, 9, (16 Break) 23, 30 June | 7, 14, 21, 28 July
Course Fee: £300

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