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I'd love to hear from you!

If you have questions about this site, or questions about maqam in general, please first visit the Forum and see if your question has already been asked and answered. If not, please post your question, because it will likely be useful to others. I've been answering lots of questions over email over the last several years, and I'm going to try to post my answers to those questions on the forum, because I've found that a lot of people have the same questions. I don't say this to discourage direct contact (which I enjoy and encourage), but rather because I want to make sure that the forum is as complete and useful as possible for all.

I'm always happy to hear from students, musicians, anyone with an interest in Arabic music - so please don't hesitate to contact me for any reason. You can reach me via email: maqamlessons [at] gmail [dot] com, on twitter @SamiAbuShumays & @Zikrayattweets, or by phone at 917-972-4557 (though be advised I am very bad at listening to my voicemails).

I do offer both private lessons and group classes in New York City and elsewhere, so contact me if you'd like lessons, or to find any group classes I may be offering, or if you are outside of NYC and would like to book me to come and teach at your location.

I also lead an Arabic music and dance ensemble, Zikrayat, so please visit that page to find out about upcoming performances and watch videos. Feel free to contact me for bookings.