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DNMUM335586 | 5/19/2015 | Author : Simi Kuriakose | WC :1061

Where does this country stand when it comes to advanced learning of contemporary music? Simi Kuriakose finds out
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India has a rich musical lineage and universities such as The University of Delhi and Banaras Hindu University offer doctoral courses in vocal Hindustani music and Carnatic music among others, but we do not have too many schools offering contemporary music education. Most students who want to take up music as a career end up spending exorbitant amounts to study overseas at universities such as the Yale School of Music and Berklee College
of Music.
Over the years, India has come up with a number of music schools, which have some great facilities for those who want to take up music professionally. Anushka Lewis, a vocal teacher at TSM and a performing harpist/singer-songwriter says, "I think the music education scene in India is fairly good right now. We have music schools and colleges like True School of Music and Swarnabhoomi, which are well-equipped and can help students who want to take up music professionally. I think it's just a matter of time when we'll start having universities which will implement the same."
On the flip-side, Howard Pereira, guitarist with several Mumbai-based bands like Dischordian, Overhung and The Howard Pereira Trio, tells us, "Music education in India is quite substandard. The only two schools I can think of right now are Swarnabhoomi and True School of Music, which 80 per cent cannot afford. However, it is still great that these schools exist as options for students looking to formally train themselves".

Global Music Institute
This Delhi-based institute was launched by Tarun and Aditya Balani in 2011 to bring a distinctive and modern approach to music education in India. Pattie Gonsalves, Director, Institutional Advancement, GMI, says, "Music education at GMI is a holistic learning experience. What sets GMI apart is its structured curriculum for the comprehensive study of contemporary and Hindustani music".
Courses: GMI offers a one-year performance certificate and two-year performance diploma. It also has single- semester enrolment.
Content: GMI's part-time and full-time programs offer the flexibility of taking different courses, including a combination of music theory, ear training, ensemble (band-style set up) and private instruction in a specific instrument. It has seminars on issues relevant to musicians today.
Cost: `1,80,000 for a full-time
10-credit program
Highlights: GMI is the only institute officially teaching the Berklee College of Music, USA, curriculum in India. It is in the process of launching a two-acre residential campus in Greater Noida that will offer a more diverse curricula and facilities. It offers merit and need-based scholarships.

True School of Music (TSM)
Established in 2013, TSM is India's first comprehensive academy of contemporary music. Ruchita Doshi, Sr.Marketing Executive, TSM tells us, "TSM incorporates the best practices from international music and sound pedagogy, but at the same time, relates it to the Indian scenario".
Courses: TSM offers two courses: Professional and Foundation
Content: Professional courses-Pro Music Performer (three years and three levels); Pro Music Producer (two years); Pro Sound Engineering (one year); Pro DJ (six months); Pro Hindustani Playback Vocals (one year).
Foundation courses are three-month courses in Guitar, Bass, Drum, Keys and Vocal (Western & Indian) and DJing.
Cost: Pro Music Performer/Pro Music Producer/Pro DJ (`4,00,000 a year);
Pro Hindustani Playback Vocals (`2,50,000);
Pro Sound (engineering) (`8,00,000);
Foundation courses (`22,500)
Highlights: TSM claims to offer world-education and state-of-the-art facilities to Indian students at almost 1/5th the cost of studying abroad. TSM also offers musicians the opportunity to learn from an all-international faculty. It is also working on a scholarship program.

Whistling Woods
International School Of Music
WWI School of Music will be launched in July this year, and will be headed by D Wood, who is also the head of the Music Department at Whistling Woods International Film School. D Wood says, "Music education is coming of age in India and the more students there are learning music at a high level in this country, the more music can be established as a serious educational, social and commercial activity. The WWI School of Music will impart comprehensive training in musicianship, technology, and hands-on experience in music production and performance."
Courses: Ear Training, Musicianship Foundation, Indian Music Studies, Western Theory Composition, Music Technology, Keyboard Fundamentals, Principal Instrument and Voice. There will also be an array of workshops and masterclasses.
Highlights: WWI School of Music will provide to its students Sound/Keyboard labs, recording facilities and a performance space. Also, considering its great network with schools from all over North America, Europe and Asia, there are bound to be visiting artists in the house regularly.

Swarnabhoomi Academy of
Music (SAM)
Launched in the year 2010, "to create an Indian Gurukula that offers courses in Indian and International Music bridging the gap between the two musical cultures," SAM, in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, is affiliated to McNally Smith College of Music (MSCM) in the USA. Vice President of SAM, Shyam Rao, tells us, "This is the only music school in India offering a fully residential program. We have had Grammy winners, platinum-selling artists and internationally acclaimed artists teaching at SAM."
Courses: Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance (in association with MSCM); Diploma in Music Performance (1-year/2-year); Diploma in Music Production (1 year); Summer Intensive (7-week) Program; 5-day Workshops
Content: Music theory, composition and arrangement; theory application, recording, mixing and mastering, publishing and music business.
Cost (per semester, including boarding and lodging:
Music Performance (`4,20,000);
Music Production (`3,50,000)
Highlights: SAM offers state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities to study abroad at MSCM.

One World College of Music
Launched in April 2012, the Gurgaon-based, One World College of Music, provides an interactive and experiential learning and working environment. Director Nidhi Kothari, tells us, "the criteria to enrol is an enthusiasm for music. We allow senior students to interact with faculty to identify the right mentor/mentors and customise study programs within the framework of our courses and programs." The school covers various musical styles, including Classical Indian, Classical Western, jazz, blues, rock, folk and world music.
Courses: Music Appreciation; Harmony/Vocals; Rhythm Studies; Breathing and Voice Training; Jazz Studies; Improvisation and Harmony; Choral Training; Ear Training; Music Technique Development; Song-writing...
Content: Hands-on courses "designed based on developing applicable skills."
Cost: Exposure program (`1,56,00 per term); Performance program (`24,000 per term); Study courses (`18,000 per term can be combined with the exposure or performance programs).
Highlights: It offers select scholarships and free access to resources including recording studios, performance and jam rooms, which are available 24/7.

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