2014 Summer Cultural Workshops & Classes

New Cooking Classes at CAC

TaboulehJoin the CAC for its NEW Cooking Classes! Enjoy Home Style Authentic Cooking and My Grandma Recipes that you cannot find at any culinary school.

Class taught by Mr. Majd Karkour.

It is a Prepare and Learn session! During class all participants will taste the authentic food made by the cook and then taste their own!  

Class will not be stuffed like a “stuffed zucchini”! Hurry! Limited seats!

Come and enjoy while learning how to prepare your meal! It is a stress free environment where all participants will get the maximum attention to master their skills.  

Both Sessions will focus on Middle Eastern appetizers like Tabouleh, Baba Ghannouj, Mohamara, Foul mdammas, Mujaddara and much more!

Each class will contain a short power point presentation to talk about the cultural background of Middle Eastern cooking followed by Hands-on preparation for each recipe and finally eating and celebrating the sweet taste of success!


Session I is on Firday June 13 6.00-8.00 pm

Session II is on Firday June 27 6.00- 8.00 pm

Registration fee: $30/ person per session;    $50/ person when registering for both sessions

Register Here______________________________________________________________________________

Oud ClassesOud Classes:

 Wednesdays at 7.00- 8.30 pm

Summer Session Starts on:

Wednesday May 28, June 4, 11, 18 and 25

Registration fee: 150/ student (5 Weeks)

To register please click HERE

This class is designed for both beginners and intermediate level students. Students will get introduced to Arabicmusic by learning the Arabic scales “Makamat” through playing musical compositions.  They will also have brief look at the history and the importance of the Oud in Mid-Eastern Music. In addition, students will learn how to hold the instrument and the pick, the positioning and understanding of the quarter tone, and how to tune the strings.

About the instructor: Nabil Ata was born in Lebanon and immigrated to Massachusetts in March, 1973. He has been focusing on singing the classics in the Arabic language, like “Mouwashahaat and Adwaar.” He established “Tarab Chrous” in 1997.

To purchase Oud:

Unique Strings
165 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478‎  (617) 489-1254


Arabic Percussions Classes:Tabla Lessons

Mondays at 6.00 -7.30 pm

Summer Session Starts: Mondays Jun 9, 16, 23, 30

Registration fee: 150/ student (4 weeks)

To register please click HERE

Rhythms of the East Take a journey through Eastern rhythms thought learning the Arabic and Middle Eastern percussions Tabla (drum) Daff / Riqq (Tambourine) and Mazhar.

This class will expose students to distinct Middle Eastern and Arabic Rhythms, instruments and musical stylings. During the lesson, student will have the chance to play along with other instruments in a band style. Students will also gain great insight to the history and cultural relevance of the songs, instruments and style of music and the relation between the percussion instrument and the Arabic and Eastern music.

To purchase Tabla:



Colloquial Arabic – Beginners LevantineArabic Language Classes

Saturdays at 10:00 am – 11:30 am Summer Session starts: Saturdays Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5   Registration fee $200/ session (5 weeks)

To register please click HERE

This level is best suited for beginners who have had little or no exposure to the Arabic language. We will be covering the Arabic alphabet and explaining the differences in pronunciation between the modern standard Arabic and the Levantine dialects. We will also cover some basic conversational skills.

Our colloquial language courses progressively move students from no knowledge of the Arabic language to being able to deal with a variety of real- life situations such as directing a taxi, answering the phone, dealing with groceries, speaking on the phone, etc. Students will also be exposed to very basic reading and writing skills such as road signs, Arabic numbers, restaurant menus, bills and signing your name and phone number in Arabic.



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