- Communication: it’s key to see one another face to face when learning the Oud; especially as a beginner. Using Skype gives you that benefit—to feel as if you are in the same room.
- Instruction is designed especially for you. – Every student makes his or her own mistake when learning technique, therefore, the benefit of Skype is allowing the instructor to directly identify what needs to be corrected.
- The TTT factors: Music consists of Tunes, Times and Technique. Each student must master all of these. An online instructor can spot and correct any errors in these areas of music as the lesson progresses.
- Variety levels: There are presently three different schools related to those learning to play the Oud in the Middle East, and Arab world. These include, Egypt, Iraq and Turkey, whether you are a beginner or experienced, you can enjoy a new adventure and work to develop your musical talents.
“Learn to Play the Oud 1-0n-1 through Skype at the School of Oud Online”
October 2015 Newsletter
On August 28th, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, I performed a concert that was also featured in an interview written in the Washington Post.
Kennedy Center Concert
This concert featured an ensemble from around the world; Stuart Dickson (Istanbul), Luben Elquntar (Syria).
The compisitions performed were “Alexandria,” “Day of War” and ” Egyptian Waltz.”
Attendees of the concert exceded 3,000; including the Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S. Mohamed Tawfik, Stefan Buchwald, Minister Counselor of the German Embassy, and others who traveled over 1000 miles.
The Washington Post Interview
On August 23rd, the Washington Post published an article which included my picture, my Egyptian background, education, and love of the Oud. It also mentions my School of Oud online and love of teaching my students from around the world.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Egyptian Presidnt, Abdul Fatah ElSisi during his visit to the United Nations in New York City and offered him my album, “Mirage.”
Next month, I am looking forward to participating with UNICEF and the Iraqi Children’s Foundation in a benefit concert for refugees. More information is found below.
Hope for Humanity – Refugee Crisis Fundraiser