Taqasim Music School

New Oud and Music Literacy Courses-SEPTEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 3

8 August 2016

Oud and Music Literacy Courses

SEPTEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 3

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Taqasim Music School is delighted to present

Oud and Music Literacy Courses

July – December 2016

Taqasim Music School launched in March 2011 with the objective of providing education on Middle Eastern music culture.

Under the direction of Iraqi Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar, both theory and instrumental courses are taught by professional musicians on a regular basis. The aim is to provide affordable access to the music heritage of the Middle-East and promoting dialogue between music cultures.

Taqasim Music School represents a unique resource for organisations and individuals interested in researching the music cultures of the Middle-East.

Below is the list of courses being offered between September – December 2016. Scroll down for further details on each course.

We are hosting and Open Day withArab British center on Saturday 17 September from 12 – 4 pm  . It is free to attend. For more information click here.

 

Oud Intermediate (level 2)

23 September – 2 December 2016 | 10 weeks | 20 hours

Fridays, 18:00-20:00

September: 23, 30 | October: 7, 14, 21, 28 break | November: 4, 11,18,25 | December: 2

 Course Fee: £190  

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Music Literacy for Beginners

24 September – 22 October 2016 | 5 weeks | 10 hours

Saturdays, 10:00-12:00

September: 24 l October 1, 8, 15, 22

 Course Fee: £95  

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Oud Beginners 

24 September – 3 December 2016 | 10 weeks | 20 hours

Saturdays, 12:00-14:00

September: 24 | October: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 break | November: 5, 12, 19, 26 | December 3

 Course Fee: £190  

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Oud lower intermediate

24 September – 3 December 2016 | 10 weeks | 20 hours

Saturdays, 16:30-18:30

September: 24 |October: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 break | November: 5, 12, 19, 26| December 3

 Course Fee: £190  

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Oud Intermediate (level 1)

24 September – 3 December 2016 | 10 weeks | 20 hours

Saturdays, 18:30-20:30

September: 24 | October: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 break | November: 5, 12, 19, 26 | December 3

 Course Fee: £190  

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Introduction to Arabic Music Intensive Summer Course

Everybody can apply! No music background needed. 

This intensive course will be taught by oud master Ahmed Mukhtar and will introduce Arabic music in general in 5 daily lessons of 2 hours, followed by a final performance on Saturday. Students will learn some of the main Arabic Maqams, rhythms and musical forms, accompanied with historical and cultural information.

This course will give students a good understanding of Arabic music so they will be able to play it with ease. Students can bring any stringed instruments but the Oud is preferable as it is the main and essential instrument in Arabic music. To make the best of this course, students are advised to practice regularly after each lesson.

Oud Beginners

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. However, we do encourage beginners to sign up to our Music Literacy for Beginners Course. (You can find the description below)

The 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 and it is recommended that students spend time practicing 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.

Music Literacy for Beginners

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 hard enough by itself: 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 (5 lessons) of classes 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 how to read and write rhythms; how to read and write melodies; understanding the basics of maqam theory and how to recognize maqams in notation; how to understand all the signs and symbols on a musical score.

NOTE:  We highly encourage students interested in this course to sign up also to the Oud Beginners course running straight after it on Saturdays from 12:00 – 14:00.

Oud lower intermediate

Taqasim Music School offers a more advanced set of courses for groups of students who are interested in improving their Oud playing skills further than beginners and lower than intermediate.

In order to enroll for these courses, it is required to have attended an Oud beginner’s course or to have basic information about Oud, and have your own instrument. The teachers are available to assist in finding an Oud and in assessing instruments.

The students need to take into account some basic oud information and time for daily practice and study. The 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 and it is recommended that students spend time practicing in between lessons. All course materials are provided in printed and digital format.

During the course, a selection of Maqams (Nahawand, Ajam, Kurd, Hijaz , Bayat, Rast, Saba and Siga) will be analysed in detail, studying traditional songs and pieces.

Oud Intermediate level 1

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 level 1 courses, it is required to have attended an Oud Lower Intermediate’s 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 Lower Intermediate, so students need to take into account time for daily practice and study. The Oud intermediate course level 1 is made up of 10 lessons of 2 hours each, for a maximum group of 7 students. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis and it is recommended that students spend time practicing in between lessons. All course materials are provided in printed and digital format.

During the course, a selection of Maqams ( ajam, Hijaz, Hijaz Kar , rast, Suzak) 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.

 Oud Intermediate level 2

This course will include new maqamat like (Nahawand, Kurd, Lami, Bayat and Maqam Bayat Shor)also you will learn new techniques of the second octave and some ornamentation.

This course is designed to students who are interested in improving their Oud ornamentation techniques and to extend their knowledge of the maqams .

In order to enrol for the intermediate level 2 courses, it is required to have attended an Oud intermediate level 1 or  to have such a knowledge and have your own instrument. 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 intermediate level 1, so students need to take into account time for daily practice and study. The Oud intermediate level 2 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 and it is recommended that students spend time practicing in between lessons. All course materials are provided in printed and digital format.

 

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