Taqasim Music School

New Oud courses in January 2015

Every Saturday from 10th January to 14th March 2015
22 November 2014

New courses in 2015: two Oud beginners groups and one Oud intermediate group

Oud Beginners Course
Saturdays, 12:30 – 14:30
10th January – 14th March 2015

Oud Beginners Course
Saturdays, 14:45 – 16:45
10th January – 14th March 2015

The Oud is a short-necked fretless lute, the most important and wide-spread instrument in Middle-Eastern music.

The objective of the beginners course is to acquire the fundamental techniques needed to play the Oud and understand the characteristics of the Maqam music system, 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 understanding of music notation.

The course is made up of 10 lessons of 2 hours each, for a maximum group of 6 students.

Lessons are taught on a weekly basis and it is recommended that students spend time practising in between lessons. All course materials are provided in printed and digital format.

Students need to have their own instrument, and the teachers are available to assist in finding an Oud and in assessing instruments.


Oud Intermediate Course
Saturdays, 17:00 – 19:00
10th January – 14th March 2015

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 enrol for the intermediate courses, it is required to have attended an Oud beginners 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 us.

The level is more advanced than beginners, so students need to take into account time for daily practice and study.

The Oud intermediate courses are organised in 3 modules of increasing difficulty, each consisting of 10 lessons of 2 hours each for a maximum of 6 students.

During the course, a selection of Maqams (AjamRastHijazHijaz Kar) will be analysed in detail, 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.


For more information, or to book a place please contact the Arab British Centre on 0207 832 1310 or info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk

Please read also FAQs on the music classes at the Arab British Centre

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