*Open 4 Registration* September Term 2021

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*Important Note* – Covid-19
Partial return to face-2-face learning

For our September term, we will be offering Darbuka Beginners, Darbuka Intermediate, Arabic Music Theory I and Oud Beginners on site.

All other classes including 1-2-1 private lessons will be conducted online via Skype.

We ask that you please be sure to wear a face covering at all times and to follow the safety measures put in place by the Arab British Centre and the Taqasim Music School to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of our teachers.

Thank you,
The TMS Team

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Termly Courses: September – December 2021

Taqasim Open Day – 11th September 2021

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


Please book your 15-minute time slot
CLICK HERE 

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

Sign-up Here

24th September – 3rd December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Fridays, 4:30 – 6:30
 24 September | 1, 8, 15, 22 (29 Break) October | 5, 12, 19, 26 November | 3 December
Course Fee: £220

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Darbuka Beginner (in-person)

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.

At the end of the course, students will have the option of progressing to the Darbuka Intermediate course.

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

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

Sign-up Here

24th September – 3rd December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Fridays, 7:00 – 9:00
24 September | 1, 8, 15, 22 (29 Break) October | 5, 12, 19, 26 November | 3 December
Course Fee: £220

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September Term – Saturday  Courses

Arabic Music Theory I (in-person) **Sold Out**

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

24th September – 23rd October 5 weeks | 10 hours
Saturdays, 10:00 – 12:00
25 September | 2, 9, 16, 23 October
Course Fee: £125

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Oud Beginners (in-person) **Sold Out** Please see Oud Beginners Group 2 below

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

25th September – 4th December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 12:15 – 2:15
25 September | 2, 9, 16, 23 (30 Break) October | 6, 13, 20, 27 November | 4 December
Course Fee: £220

 

 

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Oud Beginners Group 2 (in-person) **Sold Out**

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

25th September – 4th December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 2:20 pm – 4:20 pm
25 September | 2, 9, 16, 23 (30 Break) October | 6, 13, 20, 27 November | 4 December
Course Fee: £220

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

 

Sign-up Here

25th September – 4th December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 4:30 – 6:30
25 September | 2, 9, 16, 23 (30 Break) October | 6, 13, 20, 27 November | 4 December
Course Fee: £220

 

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Oud Intermediate (online)

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

25th September – 4th December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 6:30 – 8:30
25 September | 2, 9, 16, 23 (30 Break) October | 6, 13, 20, 27 November | 4 December
Course Fee: £220

 

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September Term – Sunday Courses

Oud Upper Intermediate (online)

New maqamaat 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 maqam system.

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 must be assessed by a teacher.
Please contact: school@taqasim.net for an assessment.

Students need to allocate time for daily practice and study. This course consists of 10 lessons of 2 hours each. The maximum number of students is 7. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis.

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

Sign-up Here

26th September – 5th December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00
26 September | 3, 10, 17, 24 (31 Break) October | 7, 14, 21, 28 November | 5 December

Course Fee: £220

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Oud Ensemble I with Master Ahmed Mukhtar (online)

[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

26th September – 5th December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Sunday, 3:00 – 5:00
26 September | 3, 10, 17, 24 (31 Break) October | 7, 14, 21, 28 November | 5 December 
Course Fee: £275