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Tabla and other Percussions

Teacher: Abhilash Mehta

In this class a student can choose to learn the tabla, dhol or the dholak. The class will cover information about the history of Indian percussion, the structure and sounds of the instrument, basic hand movements and fingering, and rhythmic patterns. Students of all ages will learn correct techniques of playing the instruments, learn basic taals (beats) and laya (rhythm), kaidas (composition or variation), improvisations and expression.

Students will gain knowledge of basic musical concepts (e.g. time and rhythm) through activities such as playing recorded music or playing an instrument in class accompanied by Center for Arts and Wellness students, designing creative activities to allow students to experience different musical styles, interpret musical scores and compose their own music. Classes will cover music theory, history, harmony, counterpoint, form and analysis. The class will also provide aural training through the performance of music, talks, discussion, use of audiovisual equipment, practical music and written assignments.

What to bring:

Tabla (consultation with the teacher in advance of the class is strongly encouraged), wide ruled composition book

Price:

Group lesson - $25/class for a one-hour/week class
Private lesson - $40 (30 minutes)

Class Times:

Tuesday 6:00 – 7:00 pm; 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Contact:

Email - admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Mridangam

Teacher: Vijay Srinivasachari

Beginner Level: Students at the Beginner level will first get introduced to mridangam. Theoretical concepts will cover the history, construction and sounds of the instrument, concept of mathras, talas, and rhythm. Students will start learning and playing the basic strokes and konakkol (verbal rendition of percussion strokes) values. Focus will be more on stroke clarity than volume of material covered as the intent is for the students to have a strong foundation. Once the students master the basic strokes, lessons will be customized (based on student’s progress) to play in Adi and Rupaka Talam.
Given the volume of material (basic strokes patterns) to cover, it is estimated that the Beginner level will take anywhere between 8-12 months assuming students will practice at least 30 minutes every day.
What is expected from Students & Parents: Students are expected to memorize, recollect and play the basic strokes during the first few months. Parent’s presence during classes will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Recommend parents to sit through the class every third week (or a mutually agreed upon time) to see their kid’s progress.

Intermediate Level: Students, both new and those graduating from Beginner level, will be evaluated to see if they are ready for the Intermediate level. At the Intermediate level, students will learn the format of a solo performance piece (Thani Avarthanam). Advanced Theermanam, Korvai, and Nadai (in Adi and Rupaka Talam) will be taught. Based on individual student’s progress, students will be introduced to Misra Chapu and Kanda Chapu concepts. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform in solo (Thani Avarthanam) and also accompany simple songs in Adi and Rupaka Talam.
What is expected from Students & Parents: Commitment to practice at least an hour every day; Ability to recite complex konakkal in Adi and Rupaka Talam and basic konakkol in Misra Chapu and Kanda Chapu Talam.

What to bring:

Wide ruled composition book, Pen or Pencil (must); Audio recording device, Mridangam (after consultation with the Teacher)

Price:

Beginner Level: $80 per student per month (on average four 1-hr group sessions)
Intermediate Level: $100 per student per month (on average four 1-hr group sessions)

Class Times:

Sunday 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm; or 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Contact:

Email - admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Guitar

Teacher: Phil Kaplan

Fundamentals I: Learn and practice the basics of tone and sound production on the guitar, and how to play melodies, chords, and songs. Building from week to week, we'll cover the fundamentals of proper posture and hand positioning, tuning, picking, and strumming. Practical exercises will be provided to develop finger strength, dexterity, and muscle memory. We will also focus on developing solid time-keeping and being able to play a legato melodic line. Students will be introduced to reading scores and song charts along with the basics of standard notation. This course will help you build the skills for playing on your own or with others.

Fundamentals II: For intermediate to advanced guitar students, this course covers both the fundamentals of rhythm-guitar playing and soloing, as well as how to understand and follow song arrangements, and how to accompany oneself, or as a member of an ensemble, while practicing and performing songs and instrumental compositions. Specific tunes will be used to explore different styles and genres of songs, and what will be appropriate and musical for each one.

What to bring:

A guitar, folder, and a pen or pencil. Handouts provided.

Price:

Private Lessons: $35/30-minute class $45/45-minute class, $60/60-minute class
Group lessons - $20 for a 30 min class, $40 for a 60 min class

Class Times:

Available Saturday between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Sunday between 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Contact:

Email - admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Gui'tarode: Hindustani Guitar I

Teacher: Phil Kaplan

The Gui'tarode is a customized guitar designed to emulate the Sarode. The fundamentals of technique and expression on this instrument will be offered within the context of the Hindustani (North Indian) classical Raga repertoire, in its practice and performance. Thus, all instruments are welcome in this class! In particular, prospective slide guitarists and string (violin, viola, 'cello, bass, fretless bass) players, wind and brass players, even keyboardists (especially if they have a pitch bender!).

Note: As this course requires, with respect to the guitar, a customized instrument, it is recommended that prospective students get in touch with the teacher regarding how to obtain the instrument.

What to bring:

A guitar and folder, pen, and pencil. Course material will be provided.

Price:

Private lessons - $35 for a 30 min class, $70 for a 60 min class
Group lessons - $20 for a 30 min class, $40 for a 60 min class

Class Times:

Available Saturday between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Sunday between 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Contact:

Email - admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Piano

Teacher: Matthew Zachary Johnson

Group Music Workshop (Ages 7-10, 11-18): A small group workshop on singing and basic piano playing, which includes reading and notating music, understanding harmony and counterpoint, counting rhythm, and the history of music. Students learn basics on a variety of instruments including piano, xylophone, and drums. The level of the material will adapt to the students in the class and their background and interests.

Individual Piano Lessons (Ages 4-7, 8+): Lessons for beginners originate in the Suzuki method of listening and playing first, with music notation mixing in later. For students with prior experience, lessons begin with whichever method the student had worked with in the past (such as Bastien method or Faber & Faber), and expand from there to meet the student's needs. Music is drawn from the Western Classical and folk traditions, and prepares for recital performances.

Price:

Group workshop - $30/60-minute class, minimum of 2 students
Individual: $35/30-minute class $45/45-minute class, $60/60-minute class

Class Times:

Monday 6:00 pm onward; Wednesday 6:00 pm onward

Contact:

Email - admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Chorus/ Voice

Teacher: Matthew Zachary Johnson

Chorus (Ages 7-18): A choir singing beautiful songs from the Western Classical and folk traditions, including music for holidays at different times of year. The choir discusses the history and meaning of the songs, and prepares for local performances.

Group Music Class for the Young (ages 3-7): A group introduction to music using songs and movement. Students learn basics on a variety of instruments including piano, xylophone, and drums. The course uses the Suzuki principle of listening and playing before reading music, but mixes in notation over time.

Individual Singing Lessons (Ages 9+): Development of the singing voice according to the 'bel canto' ('beautiful singing') tradition emphasizing naturalness of the voice. Solo songs are selected from the Western Classical and folk traditions according to what suits the student's voice and develops the performance ability. For songs in Italian, German and French, lessons include study of language, translation, and pronunciation. Lessons are geared to preparation for recital performances.

Price:

Group classes– $20/45-minute class, minimum 2 students
Individual – $155 per month (30-minute class); $310 per month (60-minute class)

Class Times:

Monday 6:00 pm onward; Wednesday 6:00 pm onward

Contact:

Email - admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Hindustani Classical Music – Vocal

Teacher: Vandana Rao

Learn one of the oldest forms of Indian classical music. Hindustani classical music, or the North Indian style of music has a rich tradition of raga based expression of songs and notes. This class is open for students at all levels and will take music enthusiasts through a journey of both classical, light classical and film music. The classes are designed to give the students an insight into classical music as well as classical based film songs, bhakti geet (devotional songs), and patriotic songs. The raags will be taught in the typical sequence that is taught in a formalized music program and will follow the curriculum as outlined by the Gandharva Mahavidhyalaya. Classes will draw upon popularly used bandishes (songs), as well as those created and composed by my guru, Smt. Sadhana Upadhyay. The classes will be held once a week for between 45-60 minutes.

What to bring:

wide ruled composition book; half-inch three ring binder; all handouts given in the class

Price:

Group lesson - $70/month for a one hour/week class

Class Times:

Monday 5:45-6:45, 6:45-7:45, 7:45-8:45 PM;
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:00 pm 7:00 – 8:00 pm;
Sunday 9:00 – 10:00 am; 10:00 – 11:00 am

Contact:

Email - sursamvaadmusic@gmail.com

Ghazal and Light Classical (Hindustani)

Teacher: M. Rama Rao

Indian light classical music or sugam sangeet comprises of ghazals, bhajans and geet. This class is for adult students who are interested in learning ghazal singing with a basis in Hindustani classical music. As part of this class, a student will learn the basics of classical music along with ghazals penned by different poets and sung by singers like Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan, Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udas, Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsale, Fareeda Khanum, Noor Jahan and also some of Rama Rao’ s own compositions.

The class will cover alankars (vocal exercises with notes), gamak (ornamentation or curving of a note), murkhi (short taan), and meend (stretching of a note), swar vistaar (exploration of notes) and kharaj (practice of lower notes). All these exercises help with voice control and increasing the range of the voice. The student will also gain an understanding of the 10 thaats (groupings of the raags) and the concept of an ashray raag which is a foundation for Ghazal. And finally, the student will gain an understanding of the most important aspect of ghazal singing which is appreciating the meaning of the poetry and expressing it with emotion.

What to bring:

wide ruled composition book; half-inch three ring binder; all handouts given in the class

Price:

Group lesson - $100/month for a one hour/week class

Class Times:

Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Contact:

Email - admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Carnatic Classical Music – Vocal

Teacher: Valli Amaravadi

All students will be first evaluated and then placed in the appropriate level.
Kids Beginner Level: Students will be introduced to the basics of Carnatic music with shruthi, laya, tala & voice modulation. They will be taught basic Carnatic vocal music from Sarali Varusai to Saptha Tala Alankarams. Focus will be on Swarasthanams, voice modulation & talam speeds.
Kids Intermediate level: Students with basic level knowledge and performance will be placed in Intermediate level. The students are introduced to few basic and popular ragams through geethams. Here the Pillari, Sadharana, Ghana & Bhashanga raga geethams and Swarajathees are covered in 3 speeds. By the end of this level students should be able to perform with confidence and show understanding of basic ragams, swara, laya, talam and voice modulation.
Kids Advanced level: Students with basic & intermediate level music knowledge will be placed in advanced level. Varnams and Krithis composed by well-known Carnatic classical composers are taught in the advanced level with raga, laya, and bhava.
Adult Lessons: This is an exclusive adult’s classes for interested men & women. This class is only taught up to intermediate level of classical music, at which point they can choose to continue to learn classical or semi-classical music. In the semi classical class they will be taught music of composers like Annamacharya, Ramadasa, Purandara dasa, tarangams and many more.

What to bring:

Music Notes, Voice Recorder (students must bring a voice recorders without fail to each class), Homework sheet

Price:

Junior (basic level) students - $90 for 4 classes; Senior Students - $100 for 4 classes;
Adults (Men & Women) - $90 for 4 classes

Class Times:

Sunday 12:30-1:30 pm; 1:30-2:30 pm

Contact:

Email – admin@centerforartsandwellness.com

Hindustani Music – Flute

Teacher: Sujeet

Students will begin their lessons by learning the basics of Bansuri (Indian Bamboo flute) playing including blowing techniques, fingering techniques combined with the fundamental elements of Hindustani classical music. With time and practice, they will advance to playing classical compositions (gats or bandishes), dhuns & bhajans (light music / songs) in various raags and learn how to develop a raag and embellish their presentation with alaaps, taans, and advanced bansuri playing techniques.

What to bring:

Wide ruled composition book. Information about books for students to buy will be provided at the first class

Price:

Group lesson - $70/month for a one-hour/week class

Class Times:

Saturday 9:30 – 10:30 am; Sunday 9:30 – 10:30 am

Contact:

Email – admin@centerforartsandwellness.com