Carnatic Vocal Workshop
Why we learn, and techniques to practice effectively
We at The Raaga School of Music strongly believe in sustaining the rich Indian cultural and musical tradition by teaching and nurturing the next generation of artists and musicians. We seek to transform our students’ passion in Carnatic and Hindustani Music into a lifelong journey of reward and fulfillment through our well experienced, professional Gurus who are also torch bearers of upholding Indian cultural heritage especially in Music. Transforming every stone into a milestone for our students and teachers is our important one of the many principles.
We recently held a Carnatic Vocal workshop conducted by widely renown Guru Smt. NCS Ravali. Nearly 65 students and their families participated. Smt. Ravali covered topics ranging from the history of Carnatic Music and explaining the differences between Abhyasa Gana and Sabha Gana to describing tools for effective learning that included resources such as recording lessons and books and parent involvement for recording student practices and keeping a log book.
We also had a very highly interactive Q&A session where Smt. Ravali answered questions ranging from the best practices to Ragas itself talk about the efficacy of the workshop. The huge response of the participants awaiting the next workshop is an evidence for the success of the workshop.
As an institution, we make use of every opportunity to leverage our resources to provide a great learning experience for all of our students. Deeply rooted into the values of our rich cultural heritage, we take Music in the form and way accessible to all age groups and learners through Technology. We are a one stop school where musical aspirants of all kinds ranging from 4.5 years old to 50 years join us to pursue their passion. Students learn online and in person at our 4 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our Students are the central focus of the school. We strive for their progressive development in their musical journey. Along those lines, the school proudly announces that there will be short video clips of our young budding talents showcasing their learning through their mellifluous singing or playing different instruments they are learning here. Stay tuned to our YouTube page to watch their performances.
This insightful first workshop has now paved the way for upcoming workshops. And, we are happy to announce that we have planned a workshop on Carnatic Flute by Sri. Kalyan Raman Garu, an excellent Flautist, a professional performer, a Carnatic Vocal Guru. We look forward to having large participation and a more active interaction with the participants.
it is an absolute joy to see my daughter perform on such a big stage. I am proud of her. thank you raaga school of organizing such an amazing student concert
~ Sreevidhya Balasubramanian, Proud Parent
Why learn at Raaga?
A parent's perspective
- Cultural exposure: First and foremost, parents want to expose children born and brought up here in the US to get exposure to a rich cultural tradition with a deep history and heritage. By exposing toddlers to this type of music, we are helping to instill a love and appreciation for culture in them at a very early age.
- Enhanced speech: Most children that grow up in western societies are not able to pronounce quite a few of our syllables – especially rolling the ‘r’s, etc. Learning Carnatic and Hindustani music requires children at an early age to practice these producing these sounds that are unique to our Indian languages.
- Improved cognitive development: Studies have shown that early exposure to music can help improve a child’s cognitive development. This includes areas such as memory, language, and spatial reasoning — irrespective of the type of music — Western, Chinese or Classical Indian music.
- Increased creativity: Both Carnatic and Hindustani music are art forms that encourage creativity and self-expression. By exposing toddlers to this type of music, we are helping to develop their creative minds and encouraging them to think outside the box.
- Improved focus and concentration: Most importantly, learning Carnatic and Hindustani music requires focus and concentration. As toddlers practice and perform, they will develop the ability to focus and concentrate, which are helpful in all areas of their lives.
Tiny Tots Performance
We are very proud of all our Tiny Tots that prepared and performed at our Annual Student Concert
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Most of our students that attend a trial class are inspired to learn Classical Indian Music.