Shankar Mahadevan Academy takes classical music training online
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BECOME AN E-USTAAD Shankar Mahadevan shows you how
Did you ever think of participating in the next “Indian Idol”, but chickened out due to no formal training in music? Did you ever start off humming a song and had to stop the next moment due to people frowning at you? If yes, you can partake in the journey from a bathroom singer to a classically trained one with the Shankar Mahadevan Academy. Recently launched, it provides Indian music education online in a simple and easy way.
“The traditional process of learning classical music can be too serious and intimidating. Our objective with the Academy is to make music learning a fun and rewarding journey for all, without compromising on the quality of the curriculum and instruction,” says Shankar Mahadevan, who, along with Clood On, a provider of virtual learning software, founded the Academy.
The courses offered cover a variety of genres, including Hindustani, Carnatic, Bollywood, folk and devotional, to appeal to both serious aspirants as well as those who want to explore their artistic inclinations for fun.
The Academy has a Carnatic Vocal certificate programme wherein students can learn about the basic system of ragas and talas; a Hindustani Vocal Certificate programme highlighting the history of Hindustani music and the seven basic notes and ragas and then the individual courses for students interested in non-classical styles of music. There are eight different sets of levels with sessions starting throughout the year.
Each course has 12 half-hour classes, at the successful completion of which students will be awarded certificates from the academy.
So, how is this different from any of the online tutorials? “We have different levels, assessments and certification. Then, we have an OM Book (an Online Music Book) for every course. It is a unique self-learning tool to help students learn and practise on their own.
They are compiled in a way that makes the learning easier even for rookies, with each OM Book having instructional videos, music notations and recording tools produced and created by experts. And, finally, there are virtual classes on video conferencing with a certified teacher and a small group of students,” says Mahadevan.
“Further, the technology developed by us for the Academy is intended to make this process of music learning fun and convenient,” adds Sridhar Ranganathan, founder and CEO of Shankar Mahadevan Academy.
However, at this point of time, the Academy has launched its services only in the U.S.
“Yes, we have started with the U.S. I believe there are thousands of Indians there, who until now had little or no options as such. So, it would be an opportunity for them to hone their musical skills and also to feel closer to their homeland. For India, we plan to launch the services soon. We will update it on our website www.shankarmahadevanacademy.com,” says Sridhar.
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