Taqasim Music School
  • New group courses from April to June 2014

    Middle-Eastern singing and Oud beginners / intermediate

    At the Arab British Centre in London
    27 March 2014

    All classes will be held at the Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE.

    To book a place on either of these courses, please contact the Arab British Centre on 020 7832 1310 or email info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk

    Middle Eastern Singing Course

    Saturdays, 14:45 – 16:45
    3rd May – 31st May 2014

    This is a course for singers with some basic singing and musical experience, who want to develop their voice in a fun and supportive group environment. Emphasis is given to developing both solo singing and choral singing in a group. Focus is given on building a solid vocal technique (breathing, posture, projection), stylistic interpretation (ornamentation, phrasing, pronunciation) and music theory (modes and rhythms).

    Repertoire is drawn from a wide range of vocal traditions, such as Arabic, Turkish, Ladino and Greek. Students that take this class can expect to build their confidence, improve their vocal technique, learn about different cultural traditions and above all enjoy singing!

    The course is made of 5 lessons of 2 hours each.

    Oud students Oud Beginners Course

    Saturdays, 12:30 – 14:30
    26th April - 28th June 2014

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

    The objective of the beginners course is to acquire the fundamental techniques 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 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 - Module 1

    Saturdays, 17:00 – 19:00
    26th April - 28th June 2014

    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 their 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.

    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 5 students.

    During the course, a selection of Maqams (Ajam, Rast, Hijaz, Hijaz 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.

Taqasim Music School - London - UK