Tareq Rantisi

Tareq R.

Medford, MA

Lesson Details



Tareq delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Born in Jerusalem, Tareq began playing Middle Eastern percussion at age twelve. As a young self-taught musician, he shared the stage with some of the most distinguished musicians in the region, performing throughout Palestine and Western Europe with the Edward Said Conservatory,  Alkamandjati Association, Manfred Leuchter, Kudsi Erguner, among others. In 2008, he received the Al-Qattan Foundation Music Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, receiving a degree in Percussion Performance with highest honors. Tareq’s studies brought him into a deep dialogue with many styles of music including jazz, Afro-Cuban, Carnatic Indian, and Brazilian - traditions which he continues to build upon and incorporate into his performing and teaching.  Since Berklee, Tareq has performed with some of the most innovative names in modern music, including Jack deJohnette, Aaron Goldberg, Billy Drewes, Javier Limón, Pepe de Lucía, Daniel Schnyde, Simon Shaheen, Sonia Mbarek, and many other virtuous musicians, composers and ensembles.  A dedicated educator, he has developed a wide body of pedagogical work, offering master classes, workshops and private lessons throughout the world in collaboration with Simon Shaheen's Arabic Music Retreat, Boston College, Brandeis University, The Center for Arabic Culture, NAFDA, among others. Tareq lives in New York City and performs throughout the world.

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Percussion teacher
Aug 2011 - Present
Annual Arabic Music Retreat

Teaching individual and group classes and percussion workshops

Percussion teacher
Sep 2011 - Jun 2015
Gaza Music School, Gaza

Teach online individual and group classes
Develop curriculum for all percussion classes

Percussion teacher
Sep 2012 - Sep 2014
Center for Arabic Culture

Teach Individual and group classes
Run Percussion workshops
Develop curriculum for all percussion classes

Percussion teacher
Sep 2011 - Jan 2013
Edward Said National Conservatory

Taught online individual and group classes
Developed curriculum for all percussion classes

Percussion teacher
Sep 2005 - Sep 2008
Kufiyyeh Music Center

Gave individual classes
Developed and conducted percussion workshops for ten students (aged 5-16)
Developed curriculum for all classes

Percussion teacher
Sep 2006 - May 2008
Yamaha Music School

Taught group classes in Oriental and Latin hand percussion to ten students (aged 8-18)

Percussion teacher
Sep 2005 - May 2008
Al Kamandjati Association

Teach individual classes in refugee camps and at the association’s center • Give workshops throughout Palestine
Develop curriculum for all classes


B.A. of Music, Summa Cum Laude
May 2008 - Dec 2011
Berklee College of Music
B.A. in Accounting, September
Sep 2001 - Dec 2006
Birzeit University
Certificate in hand percussion
Sep 2003 - Jun 2005
Edward Said National Conservatory


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Percussion Performnace
Nov 2011
Berklee College of Music

A degree in world percussion performance


AFAC Music Grant
Dec 2016
AFAC - The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition
May 2016
M-Prize International Chamber Music
Berklee Asian Tour Scholarship
Nov 2011
Berklee College of Music
Berklee International Grant
Sep 2010
Berklee College of Music
Outstanding Percussionist Scholarship
Sep 2009
Berklee College of Music
Deans List
Jan 2009
Berklee College of Music
Al-Qattan Foundation Scholarship Award
Aug 2008
• Al-Qattan Foundation


American Federation of Musicians
Nov 2012

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

A 3/4 6/8 12/8 Groove using various Percussion instruments. 
During a Riq solo in Belgium 2016

Out in the Park 2017

Photo by Tareq R.

Outdoor Setup

Sound check

SHIOLA Recorded and filmed live on October 29, 2016, at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, New York. produced by Giorgi Mikadze
Celebrating World’s heritage with an exceptional blend of music; Oriental, Flamenco and Jazz, surrounded by Indian and World percussion
A groove in 5/8 using the Acapella App
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5 Reviews

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Jaison Jan 29, 2018
Percussion · In home

Yoo this Dude is the real deal. I had a great experience studying with him, Tareq is an extremely talented musician and teacher. He helped me a lot with my Cajon playing. Seeing him perform will keep you motivated. He has some crazy hand and finger techniques from all that Arabic drumming.
Check him out. Highly recommended. Tareq is the man.

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Kay Jan 29, 2018
Percussion · In home

Tareq is an excellent teacher. He uses various methods and techniques to teach.
Looking forward to my next lesson with him!!!

Lisa Jan 29, 2018
Percussion · In studio

Tareq is awesome!!! I studied with him for two years. He's a great musician and a great teacher. I loved taking private and group percussion classes with him.

Mohamed Jan 28, 2018
Percussion · In home

Tareq is a great teacher. I have been taking lessons with him for the last three years. He comes to my place for an hour every week. I study with him Middle Eastern percussion Riq and Doumbek. He's always on time, prepared. Our lesson, sometimes go 15-20 minutes over time. He never charged me extra. I'm so happy to know I'm both as a person as a teacher.

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Julia Jan 28, 2018
Percussion · In studio

Absolutely fantastic teacher! I've had some lessons with Tareq. He is a great person and musician, he listens carefully and explains everything thoroughly. He gave me great exercises that helped me improve my playing and sense of time and rhythm. It is a great experience to have lessons with him, and I think his attitude is what makes the difference.
I highly recommend taking lessons with Tareq

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