Oud & Arabic Music Literacy – now online!

24 August '20 - 29 August '20

Taqasim Music School, founded by Iraqi Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar, was established in 2011 to teach one of the most significant Oriental instruments called Oud, among other instruments and disciplines that represent Middle Eastern Music.

Please note: due to the Arab British Centre being closed as a result of the Covid-19 guidelines, all Taqasim Music School classes in oud and Arabic Music Theory will be taking place online via Zoom for the duration of this term. 

Check the individual courses below for more details and to book.

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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You can now also purchase Taqasim’s curriculum in printed form online. The Mukhtar Method is an eight book series:

Arabic Music Theory I and II

Oud Beginners 

Oud Upper Beginners

Oud Intermediate

Oud Upper Intermediate 

Oud Ensemble I and II

Oud Advanced

Darbuka Beginner and Intermediate 

 

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dates: 24 August '20 | 25 August '20 | 26 August '20 | 27 August '20 | 28 August '20 | 29 August '20

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.

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, however this is not essential. An Oud is preferable, as it is one of the main Arabic musical instruments used today.

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 a different stringed instrument of choice if the wish. Note: Playing an instrument is not a requirement to enrol in this course.

Monday – Friday classes run from 6pm – 8pm, and the Saturday class will run from 12pm – 4pm. This class will be delivered via group Skype.

Registration: £145 (paid online)
Course Book: £15 (paid on the first day of class)

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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: £15 – Buy online via link in general course info above (Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment)

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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 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: £220 (paid online)
Course Book: £10 – Buy online via link in general course info above (Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment)

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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: £220 (paid online)
Course Book: £10 – Buy online via link in general course info above (Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment)

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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
Or
• Be assessed by a teacher. To arrange for an assessment please email: school@taqasim.net
• To have their own instrument. Teachers are available to assist in finding an Oud and to assess.

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.

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: £10 – Buy online via link in general course info above (Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment)

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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: £220 (paid online)
Course Book: £10 – Buy online via link in general course info above (Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment)

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

[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. 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: £15 – Buy online via link in general course info above (Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment)

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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 practiced. Extra emphasis will be placed on rhythm. These techniques will be practiced 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: £10 – Buy online via link in general course info above (Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for book shipment)

Please also note that we have a list of FAQs which can be found below, including Terms and Condition and Refund Policy.

How many students will be in each class? There will be a maximum of 7 students in each oud class, in Music Literacy and Darbuka courses there will be a maximum of 15.

Do I need to be able to read music? No, being unable to read music will not pose a problem. The teachers use an alternative notation system (tablatures) which can be picked up very quickly. The course is for absolute beginners, and music theory is not a requisite.

Do I need an oud or a darbuka or are they provided? All students enrolling in the course do need their own instrument. If you need to source an oud or a darbuka please do get in touch, info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk as we can put you in touch with the course teachers who know the best places to buy ouds and darbukas in London.

When do the courses run? We run courses three times a year, January – March, May – July and September – November.

Can I book a place and pay later? No, your place on the course will only be confirmed on receipt of the course fee in full.

How can I sign up to a course? What methods of payment do you accept? To sign up to a course, you need to book online on the website section ‘Book a Course’. You can also pay with the Arab British Centre over the phone. You can find information about our current music courses and book online above.

What is your refund policy? Our courses rely on meeting minimum numbers to run, and are often over-subscribed, so the sooner you let us know you’ve changed your mind the better. We can then open your place up to someone else. Our rules on refunds are:

  • 100% refund if you let us know up to 2 weeks before the start date of the course
  • 50% refund if you let us know 8-13 days before the start date of the course
  • no refund if you let us know 1 week or less before the start of the course

What happens if you cancel the course? We will endeavour to ensure courses are not cancelled but if this does happen we will contact you as quickly as we can to let you know and to arrange a full refund.

Please contact us if you have any further questions on 020 78321310 or info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk

Venue

The Arab British Centre

1 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE, London

Organiser

The Arab British Centre and Taqasim Music School

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