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Lessons, Workshops, Lectures
Prsian Music (Raidf)
Tombak, Daf, Setar, Oud, and Tanbour
Music Theory, and Yoth Music 

 The Benefits of Practicing the Tombak ( and/or Daf )

Practicing the tombak and/or daf, like any musical instrument, offers several benefits for both personal development and musical growth. Here are some of the benefits of practicing the tombak:

1. Musical Skill Development: Playing the tombak requires coordination, rhythm, and technique. Regular practice helps develop these skills, enhancing your overall musicianship. You'll improve your sense of timing, hand-eye coordination, finger dexterity, and ability to maintain rhythm.

2. Physical and Mental Well-being: Playing the tombak is a physically engaging activity that can provide exercise for your hands, arms, and upper body. It can also be a stress-relieving and meditative experience, allowing you to focus your mind, release tension, and promote relaxation.

3. Cultural Connection: The tombak is deeply rooted in Persian culture and history. By practicing the tombak, you connect with a rich musical tradition and gain a deeper understanding of Persian music and its cultural significance. It allows you to preserve and promote an important aspect of Persian heritage.

4. Artistic Expression: The tombak provides a means for artistic expression and creativity. As you develop your skills, you can experiment with different rhythms, techniques, and improvisations, expressing your musical ideas and emotions through the instrument.

5. Collaboration and Ensemble Playing: The tombak is often played in ensembles and musical groups. Practicing the tombak gives you the opportunity to collaborate with other musicians, fostering teamwork, communication, and an understanding of ensemble dynamics. It enhances your ability to listen to others, adapt to different musical contexts, and contribute to a cohesive performance.

6. Expanded Musical Repertoire: Mastering the tombak allows you to expand your repertoire and perform a wider range of Persian music. You can accompany singers, instrumentalists, and dance performances, becoming a versatile percussionist in various musical settings.

7. Cultural Exchange and Performance Opportunities: Proficiency in playing the tombak opens doors to cultural exchange and performance opportunities. You may have the chance to perform in concerts, festivals, and collaborations with musicians from different backgrounds, enriching your musical experiences and broadening your horizons.

8. Personal Satisfaction and Fulfillment: Engaging in regular tombak practice and seeing your progress can bring a sense of personal satisfaction and fulfillment. It can boost your confidence as a musician, increase your self-discipline, and provide a rewarding sense of accomplishment.

Remember, the benefits of practicing the tombak can vary depending on your dedication, practice routine, and goals as a musician. Consistent and focused practice is key to unlocking these benefits and achieving growth as a tombak player.


Persian percussion (Tombak and Daf) 

Iranian Music, Persian Classical Repertoire, (*Tasnifs, **Zarbi Khani, and Rengs or Songs)

Iranian Vocal, Radif by Pouria Akhavass Online Classes are Available!

In Pouria Akhavass class you will learn how to sing Iranian radifAvaz and Tasnif.


Private online classes are available for any ages,
beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes available.

  • One-on-one Lessons, More Time, More Attention
  • Customized Lessons, Learners will benefit from the fact that an instructor can adjust the pace, focus and goals of a lesson depending on the needs and abilities of the student, meaning that learning efficiency will be maximized.

Our years of experience allow you to access the fastest, deepest learning available, bypassing years of struggle and misguided effort. To apply to study with one of Iran's leading percussionists please click here.

Tasnif is one of the forms in Iranian Traditional or Classical music that melody, rhythm, and poetry are collaborating together. 

** Zarbi Khani is the art of playing rhythm and singing together. 


Instruments are available for sale, Tombak, Daf, Setar, and more.... Please feel free to contact me for purchasing an instrument. 


Workshops are a fun, dynamic way to learn about Persian music. Pezhham guides you through the essential building blocks of Persian music in a supportive community environment. Take-home notes provided.

The online workshop is also available to groups and families through zoom and Skype.



Pezhham delivers engaging, interactive talks on Persian music for many audiences. He brings Iranian and Persian instruments from his personal collection, performs, and takes questions from the audience. Educational and entertaining.


Some of Pezhham's past lecture-performances:

  • University California Los Angeles, UCLA
  • Santa Clara University, Department of Music
  • University California Irvine, UCI
  • City College of San Francisco
  • San Francisco State University
  • Harvard University, Department of Music
  • San Francisco Waldorf School 
  • The University of Oklahoma
  • Montgomery College in Maryland
  • The University of Mississippi 


Santa Clara University, Department of Music

The University of Oklahoma, Pezhham Akhavass and Ostad Hossein Alizadeh

The University of Mississippi 2017




The lessons for children are based on their ages and abilities to absorb music would be always a concern.

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Daf workshop includes two parts are available on YouTube, plus Tombak lessons and you are welcome to Subscribe the channel, watch and like the videos, and please let me know if you have any question about Daf, Tombak, and Persian Classical Music.