Introduction to Makam

Age 15+

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Explore Middle Eastern music with us! A makam is a system of melody types in Turkish classical music. This class is designed for those who are interested in learning about makam and music from Turkey, the Balkans, Greece, the Arab world, and modern-day Iran. Students will be taught the mechanics of makam (how it works and how it is different from Western music) development of taksim (improvisation), analysis of repertoire, makam aesthetics (how to listen to makam music) and performance practice.

The 10-class format of Introduction to Makam includes weekly in-person classes during the first 4 weeks, followed by a 3-week repertoire-building project that enhances the topics covered in the first month, and in-person classes during the last 6 weeks.

All instrumentalists, vocalists and avid music listeners 15 years and older are welcome.

Introduction to Makam

Class Details

How To Enroll

Enrollment for Introduction to Makam is not open. Please fill out our inquiry form for more information about our next enrollment period.

Fees & Aid

  • There is a once-yearly non-refundable $40 registration fee per family.
  • There is a $20 fee per term for payment plans.
  • No registration fee is charged for summer study.


Tev Stevig

Tev Stevig

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Tuesday: 9am to 8pm
Wednesday: 9am to 8pm
Thursday: 9am to 8pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Sunday - Closed for the summer