Taqasim Music School

New Oud and Music Literacy Courses- May – July 2016

With Taqasim Music School
7 April 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. oudoud tt

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 May – July 2016. Scroll down for further details on each course.

We are hosting and Open Day with Taqasim Music School on Saturday 7 May from 12 – 4 pm  . It is free to attend. For more information click here. We are also hosting an Oud Clinic on 18 June. For more information click here

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Oud Intermediate (1)

13 May – 22 July  2016 | 10 weeks | 20 hours

Fridays, 18:00-20:00

May  :13, 20,27 | June: 3,10, 17 break, 24 | July: 1, 8, 15, 22

 Course Fee: £190  

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Music Literacy for Beginners

14 May- 11 June 2016 | 5 weeks | 10 hours

Saturdays, 10:00-12:00

May  : 14, 21,28 | June: 4,11

 Course Fee: £95  

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Oud Beginners (1)

14 May – 23 July  2016 | 10 weeks | 20 hours

Saturdays, 12:00-14:00

May  : 14, 21,28 | June: 4,11, 18 break, 25 | July: 2, 9, 16, 23

 Course Fee: £190  

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Oud Beginners (2)

14 May – 23 July  2016 | 10 weeks | 20 hours

Saturdays, 14:15-16:15

May  : 14, 21, 28 | June: 4,11, 18 break , 25 | July: 2, 9, 16, 23

 Course Fee: £190  

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Oud lower intermediate

14 May- 23 July 2016 | 10 weeks | 20 hours

Saturdays, 16:30-18:30

May  : 14, 21, 28 | June: 4, 11, 18 break, 25 | July: 2, 9, 16, 23

 Course Fee: £190  

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Oud Upper Intermediate

14 May – 23 July  2016 | 10 weeks | 20 hours

Saturdays, 18:30-20:30

May  :14, 21,28 | June: 4, 11, 18 break , 25 | July: 2, 9, 16, 23

 Course Fee: £190  

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Oud Clinic  18th of June 2016-  12.00 – 16:00 

"Taqasim Music School is delighted to notify all the Oud holders around the UK about its Oud Clinic, which will be held in the Arab British Centre on 24th of October 2015 13:00-17:00. Taqasim School Oud teachers are happy to examine your Ouds, restring them, do other basic repairs, and give you advice on how to keep your Oud happy.  The school will charge £2 for Taqasim School students and £3 for non-students.

Open-Day 7th of May 2016 12.00 – 16:00 

Open day is to give prospective students the chance to discuss their musical interests with the teachers before courses started. Both theory and instrumental practices will be demonstrated, including an explanation of the teaching methods used, the nature of the courses and suitability of the student to the requested musical instrument. Oud classes are run at different levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced). Groups of 6 – 7 students are going to be formed for the beginner’s course. Intermediate groups can also be agreed 6 – 7 students, if the students are of similar skills. Attendees will have the chance to be assessed on their level and musical ability. You can also bring your instrument to have it assessed and tuned. The next courses will start in May 2015 for beginners. If you wish to take part in the courses or have already signed up, please come along.

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 practising in between lessons. All course materials are provided in printed.

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 13:00 – 15:00.

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 then Beginners and lower that intermediate.

In order to enrol 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 practising 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

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 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 practising in between lessons. All course materials are provided in printed and digital format.

During the course, a selection of Maqams (Nahawand, Kurd, Lami, Bayat) 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.

Upper Intermediate 

On this course we will start studying different levels of techniques and different levels of musical spirit.  Students who start this level need to have studied thoroughly the beginners and lower intermediate booklets. Students who have not studied with the Taqasim School before need to be able to sight read written music to a good level, be at the lower intermediate level technically and know the scales of the main eight maqamat. The course Tutor will check that you have reached the right standard before you start the upper intermediate course. 

What you will learn on the Upper Intermediate course? Transposition, Techniques, secondary maqamat, Modulation and Arabic musical Forms such as (Doulab - Etude –Longa, Sama’i  and Sirto) and high technique of left and right hands also 2nd position.

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For more information, or to book a place please contact us on 0207 832 1310 orinfo@arabbritishcentre.org.uk

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