*Register Now* September Term

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*Important Note* – Covid-19
Returning to on site classes

We are pleased to announce that, we are planning on a partial return to face-to-face classes at the Arab British Centre.

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.

The Taqasim Music School is dedicated to putting the safety of our teachers and students first.
When attending classes please:
– Bring your own face covering and wear it at all times when in the Arab British Centre building.
– Wash your hands thouroughly for at least 20 seconds upon entering the building.
– Follow social distancing guidelines remaining at least 2 metres away from others.
– Report any symptoms of cough and/or fever to the TMS staff and self-isolate.

More detailed government guidelines will be sent to you upon your registration.We hope that you have all been keeping well and staying safe.

If you have any questions please email the Arab British Centre at info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk or school@taqasim.net 
 

Thank you for your understanding. 
We look forward to seeing you in the coming term.

The TMS Team

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Termly Courses September  – December 2020

Open Day (termly event)

When: Saturday, 12th September 2020, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
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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September Term – Friday Courses

Darbuka Beginners (at the Arab British Centre)

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

25 September – 4 December 2020 10 weeks | 20 hours
Fridays, 16:30 – 18:30
25 September | 2, 9, 16, 23 (30 BREAK) October | 6, 13, 20, 27 November | 4 December
Course Fee: £220

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Darbuka Intermediate (at the Arab British Centre)

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 ornamentation 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. An emphasis will be placed on developing sound the quality of the techniques learned such as the dum, tek and shek.

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

25 September – 4 December 2020 10 weeks | 20 hours
Fridays, 19:00 – 21:00
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 – Saturday  Courses

Arabic Music Theory I (at the Arab British Centre)

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

26 September – 24 October 2020 5 weeks | 10 hours
Saturdays, 10:00 – 12:00
26 September |3, 10, 17, 24 October 
Course Fee: £125

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Oud Beginners Group I (at the Arab British Centre) **SOLD OUT** (see Group II 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

26 September – 5 December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 13:00 – 15:00
26 September |3, 10, 17, 24 (31 Break) October | 7, 14, 21, 28 November | 5 December
Course Fee: £220

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Oud Beginners Group II (at the Arab British Centre) 

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

26 September – 5 December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 15:30 – 17:30
26 September |3, 10, 17, 24 (31 Break) October | 7, 14, 21, 28 November | 5 December
Course Fee: £220

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Oud Upper Beginners (online)

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

26 September – 5 December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 16:30 – 18:30
26 September |3, 10, 17, 24 (31 Break) October | 7, 14, 21, 28 November | 5 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

26 September – 5 December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Saturdays, 18:30 – 20:30
26 September |3, 10, 17, 24 (31 Break) October | 7, 14, 21, 28 November | 5 December
Course Fee: £220

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September Term – Sunday Courses

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

27 September – 6 December 10 weeks | 20 hours
Sundays, 12:00 – 14:00
27 September |4, 11, 18, 25 October |  (1 Break) 8, 15, 22, 29 November | 6 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

27 September – 6 December 6 weeks | 18 hours
Sundays, 14:00 – 17:00
27 September | 11, 25 October |  8, 22 November | 6 December
Course Fee: £275

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Oud Advanced – Part 4  (cancelled)

The Oud Advanced course has been designed for students who have completed Oud Advanced Part 3, 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 Advanced course will cover advanced techniques with a focus on exercises to improve risha, ornamentation (trills, vebratos, qarar & jawab & trills), site reading and ear training coupled with pieces of music suitable for the application of learned techniques. Maqāmāt will be covered in 2 octaves and/or transposed to a different key. Multiple left-hand positions will be used as will playing maqāmāt on a single string.

The 6 lessons will cover the material below. The curriculum is flexible and will be contingent on the level of the students and their own practice.

 

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

 

Sign-up Here

4 October – 13 December 2020 | every other week | 18 hours
Sundays, 14:00-17:00
4, 18, October | 1, 15, 29 November | 13 December
Course Fee: £310