Darbouka : arab rhythms

Group and private classes by Joseph Khoury

The darbuka is one of the best-known percussions from Middle-East. The goblet-shaped instrument consists in a drum on which an animal skin (from a goat or a fish for instance) or a plastic membrane is fixed. Percussionist Joseph Khoury, an experienced musician trained at the Lebanese Conservatory and formed by great Turkish masters (Bünyamin Olguncan, Suat Borazan et Hamdi Akatay), will share a variety of technics specific to this versatile instrument.

Class Content and Objectives

  • Oral learning and development of musical ear
  • Basic and advanced rhythmic notions
  • Arab and Turkish playing techniques
  • Notions of improvisation
  • General understanding of Eastern musical culture

Group classes


Darbuka 1 (beginner/intermediate)

  • Winter 2023 : Mondays 7 pm to 8:15 pm from February 6 to April 17 2023 (no class on Easter Monday, April 10)

Darbuka 2 (advanced)

  • Winter 2023 : Mondays 5.30 pm to 6:45 pm du 6 février au 17 avril 2023 (no class on Easter Monday, April 10)


  • Semester : $ 220 (10 classes)

Instrument rental : upon availability. Contact us to reserve.

Private lesson (online)

  • 60 minute class
    Contact us for availabilities and fees