Bait Al-Oud (“House of Oud”) is an institution that provides musical education on a variety of traditional Arabic instruments with emphasis on the oud, a pear-shaped stringed instrument like a lute that is considered as one of the most important instruments of Arabic music.
It has not yet been revealed when Oud House of Saudi Arabia will begin operations. In addition to the oud, the institute will offer training in other instruments, including the duf, mizmar and rebab.
The launch of Bait Al-Oud in Jeddah is one of the most important cultural and musical educational events in Saudi Arabia.
In December 2020, Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the opening of two more music institutes, the International Center for Music Training and the Music House Institute for Training.
At the beginning of the same year, the Saudi authorities drew up a plan to integrate the teaching of music into the curriculum of primary schools. These measures are taken in cooperation with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and the Education and Training Evaluation Commission.
The commission also issued an open call to all music teachers interested in opening music learning centers, announcing the procedure for submitting applications for a license for cultural and artistic institutes.
Oud is a popular instrument and an important part of many compositions from the Arab world and Turkey. As such, there are many different schools that teach the oud, the most notable being those in Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.
Egypt is known for its own Beit Al-Oud, an educational institution established in 1998 by the famous Iraqi oud player and composer, Naseer Shamma.
However, the Cairo Oud House was preceded by an institute in Tunis founded by Shamma in 1993. This was followed by numerous oud institutes established throughout the Arab region, whether by Shamma or other musicians and directors artistic.
In recent decades, many of them have trained a new generation of Arabic music performers, oud players as well as musicians playing on other instruments such as duf, rebab, mizmar, among others. .
More recently, during the last months of 2021, the artistic adviser of the City of Arts and Culture of the new administrative capital, Ahmed Abouzahra, revealed that a new oud house will be established in the city, as well as many other music institutes.