Although relatively unknown in the west, the qanûn is one of the main musical instruments of the Middle East. Like the piano, which would be its counterpart here, many people play it ‘a little’ but few may be said to master it.
Souhad Najem uses a scientifically-based academic method for teaching the qanûn. You can learn to master the instrument with the exercises he has developed himself (the teaching method set out in his own book), exploring a repertoire of Turkish and Arab works and even some European pieces. The course is open to beginners and advanced students, and to children as well as adults. You can opt for a half-hour individual course or a one-hour group course.
During the lessons, one extra instrument will be available for the student. Teacher Souhad Najem can also help you find your own instrument at a favourable price.
Ability to read music required? No, but it is an advantage.
You can sign up for an individual class of 30 minutes. The course takes place on Tuesdays (from 5 pm to 10 pm), Wednesday (from 5 pm tot 10pm) and Thursdays (from 5 pm to 10 pm) at Maria-Boodschaplyceum (Rue de la Braie 22, 1000 Bruxelles).