Lessons & Workshops
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Private Lessons:


$100/hour, 1 hour minimum

$40 per student, typically 1 1/2 hours with 4-6 students


$150.00 for a two-drum set

This set of frame drums consists of a full-sized Daf, which is a large Middle Eastern frame drum used in popular and classical Persian music. The frame is made of hardwood with many metal ringlets attached, and traditionally the drum head is sheep or goatskin. The set also includes a smaller, quieter Dayereh.


Daf and Taraneh

The Daf and other skin-frame drums are believed to be some of the oldest percussion instruments in the world. Because of its wide geographic origins and diverse socio-cultural context, there are multiple variations of how the drum is used. Over the past decade, Persian classical musicians have become interested in the mystical and folk genres of Iranian music, combining those traditions with classical Iranian music. The Daf has served to bring these distinct forms of music together. Mehrdad Arabifard's Daf and Taraneh attempts to teach the playing of the Daf in a rigorous and academic manner.