Arab rhythms

By Joseph Khoury

Group classes

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


  • Monday 5:30 pm-6:45 (intermediate level)
  • Monday 7 pm-8:15 pm (beginner level)


  • Session of 7 classes : $105
  • Instrument rental: $35
  • File opening fee: $ 20 (payable at the first registration at the Center des musiciens du monde only)

Information & Registration

  • (514) 397-9226 or email
  • At the Centre

Where to find the instrument

Possibility of rental at the Centre