Arab Music Lessons

NOTICE: Due to Covid-19 music lessons are not currently available. Please keep an eye on our website and follow us on social media for updates.


Students of all ages and skill levels are invited to register for traditional Arab music lessons at the Arab American National Museum.

Internationally recognized musician and educator Michael Ibrahim, founder and director of the National Arab Orchestra, offers customized private lessons and course packages for students of oud, tabla and riqq.

Lessons take place Monday evenings and Saturday mornings at the Museum.

Students must provide their own instrument.

Single 30-minute, 45-minute and 3-class packages (saves 10%) are available. Museum Members receive 15% off all lessons (10% package discount does not apply).

AANM accepts music students of all ages and abilities based on availability year-round. Prior to taking part in Music Lessons, all students must register online.

All registration and scheduling correspondences must be directed to Kathryn Grabowski, Curator of Public Programming, who can be reached at kgrabowski “at” To better ensure a prompt response, please leave a detailed message regarding your inquiry, as well as your name and contact information. The office will be closed on major holidays; however, lessons will resume as scheduled unless stated otherwise.

All music lesson payments are to be directed to the Arab American National Museum (AANM) and must be received by AANM at the time of scheduling with Kathryn Grabowski. Payments by credit or debit card via phone are permitted. An email receipt will be sent upon payment.

Pricing is as follows:

Museum Members:

  • 30-minute music lesson – $25.50
  • 45-minute music lesson – $34.00

General public:

  • 30-minute music lesson – $30.00
  • 45-minute music lesson – $40.00
  • Three 30-minute music lessons – $81.00 *
  • Three 45-minute music lessons – $108.00 *

* Music Lesson package must be paid for in its entirety and in advance in order for package discount to apply.

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Missed Lessons and Tardiness
Consistency and commitment are the keys to developing and mastering any endeavor, including music. Therefore, students are expected to attend every music lesson in order to advance their skills. If a student must miss a lesson, please contact Kathryn Grabowski no later than forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the scheduled lesson day. Make-up lessons may be scheduled on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that your failure to notify AANM at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of an anticipated absence will result in no refund and the music lesson will not be rescheduled. Any tardiness of ten (10) minutes or more without notification may result in a missed lesson with no refund or rescheduling.

Weather Cancellations
AANM does not follow the public school open/close schedule. If you have questions regarding lesson cancellations due to inclement weather, please contact Kathryn Grabowski via email at kgrabowski “at”

The Arab American National Museum (AANM) shall not be liable or responsible for any injuries or lost or stolen personal items sustained by Music Lesson students. Further, students shall indemnify and hold AANM, its successors, assigns and licensees, and their respective officers, directors, agents, and employees, from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses incurred arising from or related to these Music Lesson Policies. Music lesson attendance is limited to student, parent/guardian, and instructor only. Museum staff supervision is not provided. AANM shall not be deemed liable or responsible for any failure or delay in fulfilling or performing pursuant to this Music Lesson Policy when and to the extent such failure or delay is caused by or results from acts beyond the its reasonable control.

AANM, at its sole discretion, may terminate any music lesson(s) with any student or guardian of student who displays inappropriate behavior or who fails to respect the aforementioned policies.

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