Testimonials:

"It is impossible to overstate Elias Lammamís patience, good humor, and dedication to teaching. Over the years that I have studied with Elias Lammam, my ears have found new ways of hearing, my heart has found unexpected pathways toward cross-cultural understanding, and my soul has grown with a love and appreciation of the complex and beautiful music of the Arab world. I am blessed to be studying with a true master." Mark J Bradlyn

"I was thrilled to hear that Elias was teaching group [classes in] Arabic singing. . . . I leaped at the opportunity to study with this master musician. I was so pleased with his attention to details in pronunciation, intonation and the story behind the words, as well as sometimes the composers' story. If you're at all interested in learning any aspect of Arabic music, don't miss the opportunity to call on Elias Lammam. Although he can be funny & charming, he's tough, so you'll have to do your homework to keep up." Mike Fair

"Elias Lammam's music classes have given me a clear understanding of Arabic music theory and history, far beyond what I've gotten out of any other class or workshop on the subject. He teaches us correct techniques to play our instruments, many maqams and beautiful songs, and sometimes very profound concepts, not only about music, but about life in general." Susan

"Elias's passion for music, and for Arabic music in particular, is contagious. Even though I grew up with Arabic music, Elias helps me discover new dimensions to the music and songs we learn in class. He not only is a great musician and singer, he's also an excellent teacher who makes sure we feel the music with all our senses and not just hear it with our ears. I'm very grateful that we have a such a treasure in our area with whom to study Arabic music and singing." Hala www.HalaDance.com

Private Instruction:

  • Instrumental technique: accordion, oud, qanun, nay (arabic flute), keyboard, western strings of all kinds, guitar, bass, and Arabic percussion
  • Vocal Coaching: repertoire, technique, and theory
  • Maqamat Theory (Arabic modal melodic theory and practice)
  • Arabic Rhythms

Private lessons by appointment only in Santa Cruz, CA or on Skype anywhere in the world!

Group workshops upon request in various locations. Mr. Lammam also directs and arranges Arabic music for student and professional ensembles upon request. Please contact Mr. Lammam for more information at
1-424-270-3636

Weekly Group Classes in Santa Cruz, CA:

TUESDAY: Arabic Music Ensemble Class
for intermediate/advanced students to professional musicians

7:00-8:30pm
Open to various instrumentalists, percussionists, and vocalists who are proficient in their instrument and can learn new material and play in ensemble setting. Occasional recital opportunities for qualified students as part of the Santa Cruz Arabic Music Ensemble, directed by Elias Lammam.

WEDNESDAY: Beginning/Intermediate Accordion Class
7:00-8:00pm
For beginning to intermediate accordionists interested in learning standard accordion techniques and some Arabic music repertoire. It is not necessary to have an accordion with microtones.
Please call 424-270-3636 for class location, more detail, or to register for Ensemble or Accordion classes.

THURSDAY: Middle Eastern Percussion Classes (6-week sessions) Register through Capitola Recreation
6:30-7:30pm at
Pleasure Point Fitness & Dance
907 41st Avenue, Santa Cruz 95062
For beginning to intermediate percussionists. Students may play tabla (doumbek), riqq (tambourine), various frame drums, or even a drum kit. Students will learn the correct techniques for playing Arabic percussion instruments, and various Arabic rhythms. Students will learn improvisation and to play as part of a larger percussion section or in a full band. Register online at: http://capitolarecreation.com, at CapRec office in Jade St. Park, or in person at first class with check payable to Capitola Recreation. Please see CapitolaRecreation.com for current session dates.

Weekly Group Classes in San Jose, CA

SUNDAY: Beginning/Intermediate Arabic Percussion Class (5-week sessions)
3:30-4:30pm at
Halanda Studio
1062 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose
For beginning to intermediate percussionists. Students may play tabla (doumbek), riqq (tambourine), various frame drums, or even a drum kit. Students will learn the correct techniques for playing Arabic percussion instruments, and various Arabic rhythms. Students will learn improvisation and to play as part of a larger percussion section or in a full band. Please call 424-270-3636 or see www.facebook.com/EliasLammam for current class dates and registration details.