In our previous maqamat courses, we covered the fundamentals needed for one to begin their journey into the art of recitation and maqamat. With our recent mini-courses (Hijaz & Nahawand), the response and feedback we received has been overwhelmingly positive, with many students going from being complete beginners (knowing nothing about maqamat) to being able to recite with the tune at a basic level.
But many students have been asking me for more programs, especially opportunities to recite to me for feedback and coaching.
If you’re like these students - you don’t want to just be able to use the maqam at a basic, introductory level … perhaps you’ve gotten to a certain level with the mini-course, but want to take this further.
Maybe you're totally new to this maqamat thing - you've learned tajweed but have no idea where to start when it comes to reciting with a tune. So you're hopping around from one maqamat video to the next on YouTube, hoping that you'll be able to somehow just figure it out.
Or perhaps you've already gotten started with one of our courses - perhaps you have somewhat of a grasp on a maqam, but you’re still struggling with getting in solid practice on your own. Maybe you just stopped practicing entirely since the mini-course, or maybe it’s been really on-and-off. Or you’ve tried to practice, but you’re not so sure you can trust your own ears - so it’s been rather discouraging, as you have no idea if you’re doing it correctly or actually making progress. As a result you default to your usual recitation style, and maybe you don’t really even bother trying to recite in a maqam anymore.
You know that you have the foundation, and that you can do so much more, but it’s been a struggle so far to try to do this on your own.
You wish you could just recite with a tune - naturally and effortlessly, and feel an intimate connection to the words and meanings you’re reciting, rather than feeling like you’re just forcing a maqam onto the Quran.
What if you could recite with a tune, and experience even some of the joy of reciting beautifully? What if you could recite with emotion, and actually enjoy the sound of your own recitation? What if you could carry a tune while reciting aloud in Isha, or maybe when you sit down with your mushaf after a long day at work?
YES there a lot of pieces and things to work on, and YES this does take time, and YES it’s much easier said than done …
But I believe that through the right amount of coaching, practice, and accountability, you can begin to get there, maybe not overnight, but definitely over the course of at least several weeks & months.
Alhamdulillah for the past eight years or so, I’ve been teaching the art of recitation and maqamat - helping others like you to recite Quran beautifully. Today I want to tell you about my new coaching program, where I’ll work with you closely to help you recite with a beautiful tune - smoothly, naturally, and creatively - so that you too can experience the joy of reciting beautifully ...
This program includes several key components, each of which is included to help you make significant progress. Rather than have you just show up casually once a week for a reading, this program is meant to immerse you in maqamat and keep you training during the week.
So here, in a bit more detail, is how this program works:
These are the main live sessions where I’ll work with you, listen to your recitation, and guide you in terms of your practice. This is where you get to recite to me to work out issues in your own recitation. The key with these sessions is that they give you immense clarity, so you know very specifically what you need to be working on. Sometimes your entire tune is off just because of one specific note. Or you're losing the pattern because of the way you're finishing off your ayat. So these sessions will give you clarity so that you know what to work on before coming back to me once again.
You'll also get to learn from listening to feedback given to your fellow students as well. Sometimes you can’t hear something very well when you’re the one doing it, so it’s helpful to be in a class where you can hear and learn from other students’ recitations.
These sessions are currently held twice - Sundays at 11am Eastern, and Tuesdays at 4pm Eastern. Students can join either session. This is a flexible program - based on student enrolment, we are able to add sessions or adjust timings to accommodate new students.
Within the four months, there may be up to two off weeks, as needed.
Once a month we'll connect for a more in-depth training or discussion to cover material or topics that you might not necessarily be working on during a particular week. These topics will help you increase your depth and breadth of knowledge regarding maqamat and the art of recitation.
For example you might be spending most of your practice time week-to-week on maqam hijaz - but maybe you also want to start to explore other maqamat. Or you were interested in learning more about the permissibility of maqamat, or perhaps you would love to have a session to help with your breath control, or maybe you want to explore the idea of conveying meaning through your recitation. Or maybe you just want to try reciting in the mujawwad style, so we could get together and I could guide you through that.
For the duration of the program, we’ll also have a WhatsApp community where you can connect with your fellow students, share recitations, ask questions, and help support and motivate each other to stay on track. Not everyone will "get it" if you tell them you're learning maqamat, so it's helpful to be part of a group so you're not in this all alone. So far this group has been super-engaging, with students helping each other, sharing and discussing recitations, and just overall sharing in their passion for recitation.
Ever take a program where you slowly (or very quickly) fell off track and never recovered? With this program, you’ll check in with the group once a week to let everyone know how you’re progressing, what you’re working on, and where you’re having difficulty. This will help keep you on track and stay accountable, and also enable us to better help you.
"In the beginning I knew only one or two maqamat, and alhamdulillah Ustadh Idrees has taught me all of them now, and I find myself reciting better and in more tune. One of my accomplishments is now I can recite the maqamat without needing to listen to it beforehand. I can honestly say that every lesson I learn so much and really look forward to the next lesson. I strongly recommend these sessions as Ustadh Idrees will not only be your teacher but will be your mentor. He gives you his complete attention and realistic feedback, and always reinforces the reason why we are learning and reciting these different maqamat - which is to please Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala."
Abdelsalam (Sydney, Australia)
Clarity & Structure
Nothing saps your motivation and impedes your progress like not knowing what to do. With the guidance of an experienced teacher, you'll gain much needed self-awareness, and you'll quickly figure out the few things around which you can structure your progress. InshaAllah, "what exactly am I supposed to be working on?" will be a question of yesterday.
Consistent Practice & Accountability
On and off practice doesn't work - it's like going to the gym two days in a row, then skipping a week, then going again. With a program like this, lessons are ongoing, so you'll get continuous and repeated practice. Plus, you're not going at it on your own - having a teacher provides a level of accountability - you're somewhat "forced" to do the work, if only to save face. This alone will give you a huge advantage in developing and strengthening your application of maqamat. Remember: practice makes perfect!
Personalized Lessons & Immediate Feedback
These lessons are personalized and tailored to your particular level, as well as your individual voice needs and recitation goals. You might want to focus only on building fluency with one or two maqams for your personal recitation. Or perhaps you're an Imam and want to cover all the main maqams with me. Or maybe you dream of mastering mujawwad, and you want to work on transitioning smoothly between maqamat and developing aspects of style? All this is possible, with lessons tailored to your needs. Alhamdulillah, I've worked with students at all of these levels.
"At first, I was little skeptical. I had taken the 'Overnight Qari Course' with Ustadh earlier and assumed that the 1on1 sessions would be about very basic maqam techniques. I was getting overly enthusiastic, and thought that this class will not take me to the next level. One basic reason for this skepticism was that I used to listen to maqamat clips of famous reciters and get inspired, but I would think that they were reciting in a style different from what I learned from the Overnight Qari course.
I still went ahead with the 1on1 sessions with Ustadh hoping for the best. During the class and later on, I realized that like any skill you have to give attention to detail and you need feedback from an experienced teacher. It was not a surprise that basic maqamat practice with Ustadh was a challenge and required effort to improve on expression and tune in every session. I realized that even more when I listened to the recordings of those sessions.
Alhamdolillah, I can say that my decision to take those 1on1 sessions was definitely a good decision that put me on track for a beginner's learning path and invoked self realization of my skills. Ustadh was never in a rush to finish sessions in time. Instead he would be always considerate and worked as a team. For anyone interested in 1on1 sessions, my advice would be that maqamat skills need patience and attention to basics. You might be able to achieve good results on your own but a teacher's feedback is highly valuable and speeds up the process."
Mumtaz (California, USA)
In every session we have together, you should expect that I will push you out of your comfort zone, to get you to try new things in your recitation and expand your vocal repertoire. There will be times where I recite to demonstrate, however the overall focus is on YOU reciting rather than me speaking or lecturing. My role is primarily to provide critiquing, coaching, and guidance. Between lessons, you are expected to continue practicing and doing these exercises.
Here are some things that we’ll work on with you in our coaching calls and practice exercises.
We’ll help you:
Important note: Because this is a coaching program rather than a course, a lot will depend on your individual level coming in to the program, how long you remain in the program, and how much practice you put in. For example if you’re having difficulty with the basic pattern, we’ll first work with you on that, rather than trying to go too advanced with topics like conveying meaning.
Hopefully you can tell from the above that the Accelerator Program is intended for more serious students who can commit to this right now. It is a more involved program (compared to our mini-courses), and thus requires more of an investment from you.
What I need from you:
Your investment for this program is $165 USD per month (ongoing with a 4-month minimum) - or you can save $63 by paying up front for 4 months at a time ($597 every 4 months).
Click below to fill out a quick application for this program. Take 10 mins to fill it out properly, but don't stress over it - there are no "wrong" answers per se - we just want to make sure you're a good fit for this program and that we genuinely feel that we can help you reach your goals. Once we review your application, we will get back to you soon to let you know if your application has been accepted. There is no obligation to join simply because you apply.
Applications due by Tuesday March 10, 2020
"One to one sessions were brilliant. There were few weeks when I was struggling on certain aspects of maqam Hijaz but Ustadh Idrees kept at it with me, and I was able to overcome my difficulties. He showed a lot of patience and was able to demonstrate so well with his immense experience, the technicalities, helping me to overcome my mistakes.
I am able to recite the Quran in much nicer way now, which I really enjoy and it has increased my love of the Quran alhamdullilah & now I have started doing word for word translation & tafseer of the Quran. Jazakallahu khair ustadh Idrees for all your help & support. Your course & one to one lessons have acted like a ladder for me in my deen & I feel I'm slowly moving up the ladder with Allah's help."
Asima (London, UK)
If you have any questions before joining, please feel free to reach out to us directly at idrees[at]reciteintune[dot]com. Otherwise you can proceed to apply below - please note that applying does not obligate you to join. If you're a good fit for this program, we'll let you know and you'll still get to decide whether or not to join. And if this program isn't the best fit for you, we'd be happy to help recommend your next best steps to reach your recitation goals.
Applications due by Tuesday March 10, 2020
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