A specially tailored music education program that amalgamates the art forms of the East and the West to bring out the best in every singer. The course introduces singers to genres ranging from Western Classical Opera to Carnatic and Hindustani music, with the aim of exploring unique approaches to singing.
This module will focus on Western Classical and Indian Classical methods of singing. It aims to give the students an insight into the origins of singing and its evolution in various parts of the world.
What were the major milestones that lead to the present-day popular and Classical music? The module will outline the most influential composers and bands over the past five centuries, focussing on the vocal traditions that have been in practise.
Eras covered: Renaissance to Modern (1400 - 1900)
This module will focus on the basics of sight-reading and sight-singing. Students will be introduced to the Western and Indian Classical notation system and ways of acquiring the reading skills at a faster pace using the knowledge of both traditions of music.
All students will be learning Voice culture techniques and the art of better voice production through musical pieces from different eras of Western Classical music. Depending on each student's vocal abilities, the difficulty level of the pieces will vary, and will culminate to the final performance recital.
Students will be introduced to the Hindustani Classical Khayal tradition of singing and the aspects of improvisation and notation systems that exist in Indian Classical music.
Small Group Sessions
The techniques of understanding and application of the skills required by every musician is covered in this module. Students learn ways of improvising on specific scales and modes, get trained in ear-training, rhythm and melody interpretation.
Tackling the vital methodologies of working with a group of musicians, promoting one's own art and choral singing will be the prime focus of this course.
All students will be required to part-take in the choir, where they will be working on a range of repertoire from Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras of music. This will enable the students to understand and work with fellow singers and help in implementing the skills learnt in the Musicianship module.
Applying the vocal techniques learned in the previous modules, the students will be allowed to record themselves for critical analysis on the usage of their techniques in front of a mic. The musical piece selected here will be chosen by the mentor to enable the student to understand their voice through a technical analysis using spectral frequency graphs and Melodyne software (for pitch and formant accuracy). The recording session will be split into two 1 hour sessions during the first term.
The following group sessions will be provided to all students for the understanding of different vocal styles and performance techniques.
Each week will end with a 2-hour masterclass with all students participating in a group session, where students can volunteer to come up to sing in front of the class. Aimed at eradicating stage fear, the intention of this session is to make peers understand the various issues that are common amongst singers and the steps to be taken to overcome the same. This will be an interactive session that the students can use to practice for their final recital or work on new pieces of interest.
The course will end with this final recital where each student will be able to showcase their knowledge and understanding through curated pieces of Indian and Western Classical music that they have worked on during the course period. The recital will include assessing the students on the basis of the historic and cultural relevance of the piece chosen, the use of appropriate vocal techniques, the presentation and performance efficacies.
This second session of studio recording will be of a song selected by the student in any comfortable style, with the aim to assess the application of techniques learned through the course period. In combination with the final performance, this final recording will be used for assessing the student's overall growth and potential. The recording session will be split into two 1 hour sessions during the second term.