This course will be an immersive experience in the maqamat of the Sikah/Huzam family, as practiced in the Egyptian and Syrian traditions. We will explore all of the ajnas and sayr pathways within the maqam family. We'll learn the melodic vocabulary used in improvisation and composition, through call-and-response singing/playing of short melodic phrases. We will also analyze a number of songs to understand how the maqam is articulated in repertory.
The course is open to people at any level who play or sing any instrument. Because my perspective on maqam is one that people are only gradually becoming familiar with, I've found that advanced practitioners as well as total beginners tend to benefit equally from these classes.