Tareq Rantisi

Tareq R.

Medford, MA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Music is a universal language through which we can connect across culture and experience, and every student comes with her or his own musical knowledge, interest and background. I love teaching students of all levels both in private and group lessons and enjoy the process of figuring out the right method and teaching technique for all my students. I've been teaching percussion for the last 15 years all over the world.

My classes will help your creativity, coordination, focus, self-confidence, emotional growth, discipline, relaxation and of course better drumming.

About Tareq R.

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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5 Reviews
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Jan 29, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Jan 29, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Jan 29, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Jan 28, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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

Posted Jan 28, 2018

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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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