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FORUMS (Free and Open Resources for Undergraduate Music Study): Lesson kernel: Middle Eastern rhythm patterns

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Lesson kernel: Middle Eastern Rhythm Patterns. Please credit: Vin Scialla,

In Spring, 2015, Vin Scialla (Brooklyn College alum) in my Music 1300 sections.  An excellent NYC-based performing artist (world percussion, especially Indian and middle eastern musics), Vin is also an experienced high school teacher, now completing his doctoral work at Boston University.  Vin's quartet, the Eric Schugren-Vin Scialla-Brian Charette-Mike DiRubbo Quartet, released a highy rated original jazz CD, Wake Up!  See Vin Scialla bio. and see Liftoff Records to hear his music. 



Vin Scialla Guest artist-teacher

The files on this page include a handout of Middle Eastern Rhythms he taught my class to play on bucket drums, hand drums, and authentic middle eastern instruments he brought to the class. Despite the irregular meters, students successfully played all the patterns and aurally identified each accurately.  Additionally, they kept playing the patterns accurately while Vin improvised over their accompaniments.  Vin has graciously given his permission to post his handout on this site. Credit should be attritubted to:  Vin Scialla / and

Also posted are the notes I took on his lecture (so students could give their full attention to him).  Vin also fact-checked my notes added some information and links.

Notes on V. Scialla's class

Middle Eastern Rhythms handout (used by permission, courtesy of Vin Scialla,