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, as we can put you in touch with the course teachers who know the best places to buy ouds and darbukas in London.

Do I need my own instrument and where can I buy one? You will need your own instrument so you can practice at home in between classes. Taqasim tutors will be able to advise you where you can buy your own oud and darbuka. We recommend signing up to Beginners courses at least a few weeks in advance of the courses starting to ensure you have time to procure an instrument and buy your course book.

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?  You can find information about our current music courses and book online above via Stripe. You can also pay with the Arab British Centre over the phone although online is preferred.

What is your refund policy?

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:

  • Full refund (minus Stripe booking fees) if you let us know up to 2 weeks before the start date of the course
  • 50% refund (minus Stripe booking fees) 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

For every booking made on our website we have to pay Stripe a small fee. If you request a refund, this fee will be deducted from your refunded amount.

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

Oud, Darbuka & Arabic Music Theory

18 April '17

 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. *** New students interested in registering for oud and darbuka Intermediate level or higher need to be assessed by a […]