The New York Arabic Orchestra

The Arabic Music Semester Intensive (AMSI)

Monthly Arabic Music Workshops with Master Instructor and Director of the NYAO, BASSAM SABA


New York Workshop REGISTRATION

Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
263 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024


Class Schedule

Day 1 -
12:00-8:00 PM: Private Lessons (purchased separately with limited availablity)

Day 2 -
2:00-3:00 PM Maqam & Muwashshah (vocal repertoire)
3:00-3:45 PM Rhythm
3:45-5:00 PM Improvisation
5:00-6:00 PM [Break]
6:00-8:00 PM Ensemble

Registration and Fees

Student Rates (w/ Valid ID) 
NO private lesson: $100.00
With 40-minute private lesson: $140.00
With 60-minute private lesson: $160.00

Regular Workshop Rate
NO private lesson: $150.00
With 40-minute private lesson: $200.00
With 60-minute private lesson: $225.00

Private instruction without workshop
40 minutes: $75.00
60 minutes: $95.00

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Course Descriptions

Maqam & Muwashshah - Learn maqamaat (Arabic modes) through the practice of solfage (singing). Each semester will focus on the full embodiment of a particular Muwashshah (vocal repertoire). 

Rhythm - Study the essential iqa'at (rhythms) of Arabic music through the learning of the frame drum, ideal for the vocalist and melodic instrumentalist who wish to improve his or her rhythm; better understand Arabic ornamentation; and learn the art of accompanying a percussionist. Participants will eventually pair up as duets with percussion, prepare a piece at home, and perform together in front of the class for the final workshop of the semester.

Improvisation - The complex art of taqasim (improvisation) simplified through the rare study of pre-notated melodies composed by Bassam Saba, fine-tuned patchworks that lead students effortlessly to the appropriate destinations and modulations within a maqam, while offering multiple options for direction and growth.

Ensemble - Participants learn repertoire together as an ensemble, tying in the many teachings and practices of the program, namely maqam, ornamentation, rhythm and improvisation. Vocalists will have an opportunity to participate as a chorus,  with the possibility to perform as a soloist.  Participants will enjoy the rare experience of these monthly sessions to fine-tune each piece as an ensemble, and will have the opportunity to perform at the conclusion of the semester. The continuity of the program promotes participants to practice together as an ensemble and prepare for each workshop throughout the semester.