Congratulations! You’re taking classes with Seraka Studios. Below are some resources that can help you with your home study and understanding music and Middle Eastern rhythms.
All of the information below is voluntary and is not required to prepare for classes, it’s just for your enjoyment.
Essentials & General Music Theory
- Enhace by Audra Simmons:
- Hack Music Theory by Ray Harmony & Kate Harmony
- Music Student 101 by Jeremy Burns & Matthew Scott Phillips
“Rhythmic Training for Dancers” by Robert Kaplan
“Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory: A Complete Self-Study Course for All Musicians” By Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, and Morton Manus
Middle Eastern Music & Rhythms
“Egyptian Music Appreciation & Practise for Bellydancers” by George Sawa. The book is out of print, but you can purchase the PDF and mp3s for download.
“Baksana’s Finger Cymbal Written Notation” by Danielle Elizabeth and Paul Evans. There are a few volumes, but the first book is a great starting point to written music, in a practical way that you might use
Mary Donald Ellen also released a number of books (now out of print) with wonderful music theory, both generally, and specific to Middle Eastern music. If you can get your hands on a copy, I’d highly recommend it!