**NEW** September Courses 2018

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The Taqasim Music School offers Oud, Darbuka and Music Literacy Courses

September – December 2018

We are hosting an Open Day
When: Saturday 15th of September 2018, 12:00 – 16:00
Where: The Arab British Centre.
This event is free to attend. Click HERE for directions.

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

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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 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 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: £105 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here

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22 September – 20 October | 5 weeks | 10 hours
Saturdays, 10:00-12:00
22, 29 September| 6, 12, 20 October
Course Fee: £105

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Oud Beginners (Group 1) – 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: £200 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here

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22 September – 1 December | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 12:00-14:00
22, 29 September| 6, 13, 20, (27 break) October| 3, 10, 17, 24 November | 1 December

Course Fee: £200


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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: £200 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here

Sign-up Here

22 September – 1 December | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 14:00-16:00
22, 29 September| 6, 13, 20, (27 break) October| 3, 10, 17, 24 November | 1 December

Course Fee: £200


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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 Segah.

Registration: £200 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here

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22 September – 1 December | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 16:30-18:30
22, 29 September| 6, 13, 20, (27 break) October| 3, 10, 17, 24 November | 1 December
Course Fee: £200

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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: £200 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here

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22 September – 1 December | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 18:30-20:30
22, 29 September| 6, 13, 20, (27 break) October| 3, 10, 17, 24 November | 1 December
Course Fee: £200


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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

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.

Registration: £200 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here

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21 September – 30 November | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Fridays, 18:30-20:30
21, 28 September | 5, 1, 19 (26 break) October | 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November
Course Fee: £200


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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 “tak”) and the correct right and left-hand strokes. Students will learn a variety of popular rhythms such as WahdaMaqsumAyyub, Malfouf 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: £200 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here

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21 September – 30 November | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Fridays, 16:30-18:30
21, 28 September | 5, 12, 19, (26 break) October | 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November
Course Fee: £200

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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.

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

Registration: £200 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here

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23 September – 2 December | 10 weeks | 20 hours
Sundays 12:00 – 14:00
23, 30 September | 7, 13, 21 (28 break) October| 4, 11, 18, 25 October | 2 December
Course Fee: £200

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Oud Ensemble 1 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. 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 Maqamaat covered will enable students to explore a variety of different techniques using different notes, quarter tones and different qarar and jawab combination.

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: Maqam Hijaz, Kurd, Segah and Saba.

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: £255 (paid online)
Course Book: Buy online here

 

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23 September – 2 December | every other week | 18 hours
Sundays, 14:00-17:00
23 September | 7, 21 October | 4, 18 November | 2 December
Course Fee: £255

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Arabic Guitar

The objective of this course is to introduce students to playing Arabic maqamaat along with a selection of traditional and popular repertoire on the acoustic guitar. The maqamaat covered will include Ajam, Nahawand, Kurd and Hijaz. Techniques learned will reflect Arabic musical styles applied to a predominantly Western instrument.

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.

Students must own their own acoustic guitar.

This course is 6 lessons long running for 3 hours each. Lessons are taught every other week. It is recommended that students spend time practicing material learned in between lessons.

Registration: 255(paid online)
Course book: £5 (paid on the first day of class)

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30 September – 9 December | every other week | 18 hours
Sundays, 14:00-17:00
Sunday 30 September 14:00 – 17:00
Sunday 14th October 14:00 – 17:00
Friday 26th October 17:30 – 20:30
Sunday 11th November 14:00 – 17:00
Sunday 9th December 14:00 – 17:00 

Course Fee: £255

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