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Learn to play the Daf - Introduction (short course)

Why study this course?

This course will teach you to play the daf (the Kurdish frame drum) – both as a solo player and in an ensemble.


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The daf, partly because of its light weight and powerful sound, is one of the most useful instruments in the world music scene, and one of the easiest instruments to learn.

During this course, you'll learn to play the basics on a daf. Initially, you'll be taught how to play the basic strokes and this will be followed by exercises on a traditional 4/4 rhythm.

Please bring your own daf to the course.

Although the course does not require prior knowledge of music, basic musical knowledge is helpful.

Techniques taught:

  • how to play the three basic strokes
  • learning to play a traditional rhythm as above

You'll be assessed during the class and those who reach an appropriate standard will have the opportunity to perform in a concert at the end of the course. You'll also receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Course dates Not currently available
Length One day a week for six sessions
Day and time Tuesday, 6.15pm to 7.15pm 
Maximum class size 10
Contact hours 6

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

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