Save on Fees: IML Starts Group Music Classes

IML has started music classes in groups too. Students are welcome to join in small groups of 2, 3, or 4. The requirement is, the students in a group should possess similar levels of understanding of Hindustani Raga Music, all the students are either vocal music students or instrumental music students, and preferably from the same time zone. IML understands that there are several advantages in a group class besides the students individually will be able to considerably save on fees.

  • A student receives the opportunity to observe each other.
  • They receive the opportunity of post-learning group discussions and exchanges.
  • IML teacher will provide the same learning material to all the students in the group.
  • But, the teacher will look into individual needs. 
  • The time distribution will be as under:

The stated durations are approximate duration distribution

Total studentsLast lesson review [mins.]New lesson [mins.]New lesson support [mins.]Total [mins]
0210×2=20 1015×2=3060

IML will use the Skype platform for group classes. Please go to the Fees page for the fee chart.

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    India residents

    windowLearn Indian Classical Music Online: Hearty Welcome to India Resident Students!

    Indian residents will receive special facilities for pursuing as an IML student. Indian Music Lessons [IML] has opened a new window for the Indian residents. All these years since 2002, the pioneer in Online Indian Music Teaching, the IML only offered its services to the students those were away from India. It has been teaching Indian Classical Music, i.e., sitar, sarod, tabla, vocal music [khyal, thumri] and flute online for more than one and a half decade.  We have been receiving queries from many corners of India showing interest in IML. This guided us to consider on how we can open this new window. Finally, this is open to serve the students residing in India.

    All students welcome  – Beginners to Advanced

    IML warmly welcomes Indian resident students those (1) know the basic techniques of  sitar or sarod, and (2) advanced student of any instrument. Your teacher will be Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, the renowned sitar maestro. IML is also accepting beginners and intermediate Vocal, Flute and Tabla students. The vocal, flute and tabla students will receive lessons from the IML teachers.

    The lesson duration will be as required and around 30 mins. There will be one session every week.

    The students are requested NOT to drop any session without minimum one day prior intimation. Otherwise those missed sessions will be counted as worked session. In case of sudden drop in the Internet and other unseen problems the students or the teacher, whoever will be affected, will communicate the other end on phone. The session will be considered as dropped or done as mutually agreed [this may depend when the session got dropped, at the beginning, in between or towards the end. If the session served all required practical purposes despite the fact that the session got dropped. Fortunately, in today’s Internet situation in India this kind incidents rarely happen.]

    Fees details

    Fees for Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay :

    • Fees: Rs. 1500 INR per lesson.
    • Minimum first payable is Rs. 3000 INR that will cover two lessons.

    Fees for other teachers:

    • Fees: Rs. 1000 INR per lesson.
    • Minimum first payable is Rs. 2000 INR that will cover two lessons.
    Note: The dispatched fees should get reflected at receiver end at least two days ahead of the start-date of the sessions.

    All are requested to browse through  the site and understand how IML works. Please complete the form below to express your interest. The IML office will let you know the bank details where you can transfer the fees. Please give us a 3-4 days to complete the whole process, namely session scheduling, exchanging skype/FaceTime details and so on.

    Indian Music is preparing  musicians for concert challenges and creating new musicians. YOU are a MUSICIAN, Discover it!

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      Some more points that we like to share with you

      IML wishes that all the students residing in India visit Kolkata at least once a year and directly learn with their gurus under conventional mode and obtain intensive lessons. This will help the students to grow faster. During this stay they will work with their gurus many hours a day and will go through guided practicing [riyaz] for long hours. This will be good for the students those like to come up as able music performers.

      IML is considering of arranging Annual Music Festivals in Kolkata. The advanced students may be interested in this.This will primarily feature IML students along with established musicians. So, students will be welcome to submit their interest in offering recitals in the festival. The current call is open for foreign students. We shall open call for India residents at appropriate time. The artist selection will be based on the recommendations of the ‘Artist Selection Committee’ of IML.

      Studying the Tabla Learners

      Dilip Mukherjee & Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

      IML has been consistently studying the requirements of tabla students. Students come with diverse objectives and aptitudes. While recapitulating the thoughts of our revered Gurus, earlier thinkers and with our current studies we find that some tabla learners are naturally good for solo tabla performances when most others are good for accompaniments. We see three types of students, (1) those wish to become successful performers and wish to give public performances widely, (2) many are interested in understanding the subject to the core and may be called as Amateurs and (3) there are many hobbyists those learn and play tabla for fun.

      When trying to design lessons plan, we thought it a good idea to split the qualifies in different groups of students.  Here are  some of what we thought:

      Descriptions Type 1: Concert artists Type2: Amateur performer Type 3:
      Tala High Moderate to High Low to
      Virtuosity High Moderate Optional
      Layakari Moderate to high Low to Moderate Optional
      Speed Mastery over Low to high Mastery over Low to medium Optional
      Dynamics Required Optional Optional
      High clarity & emphasis Required Optional Optional
      High impact performance Required Optional Optional

      The specialized soloists should know and play traditional compositions with mastery. They must have good knowledge and performance expertise of the traditional compositions.

      Music Training of Students with Different Goal Sets

      Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

      Indian Music teachers receive students with their different goal sets. When a teacher tries to offer them tailor-made lessons to help them to achieve their goals early, such a teacher or Guru is surely a thoughtful teacher or Guru.

      Any good planning effort must have some solid homework behind it. When we try thinking on effective music teaching we shall require to look at the deliverables. Let us first consider three major groups of students;

      1. those who wish to be professional performers
      2. to help the persons those are amateurs
      3. working with the hobbyists.

      Now, we have to understand the required knowledge and performance levels of these three categories of music learners. Let us first try to define these three categories of learners.

      • A performer with his/her music should be able to enchant the audiences. This is possible with a right combination of dazzling virtuosity and artistic expressions.
      • An amateur with his/her music should be able to open up intellectual curiosity of the audiences. An amateur may be a highly knowledgeable person but may not attain the level of virtuosity that a professional possesses.
      • A hobbyist may like to able to play or sing in some way. A hobbyist may not have good performance acumen but should be able to enjoy their own practicing and appreciate master performances well, and so on.

      So, when a performer must be able to perform very well but for them it is not necessary that they also possess huge amount of information regarding the music they perforom. For a performer a good degree of virtuosity level with good level of artistic expression are important. This is simply because the audiences naturally respond to higher virtuosity band but the general audience do not care much for pedantic musical applications. Here are some qualities of music performers [tonal instrumentalists and vocalists]:

      Description Professional Amateur Hobbyist
      Raga info Moderate High Low
      Virtuosity High Moderate to high Low to high
      Layakari Moderate to high Optional Optional
      High Speed
      High Moderate Optional
      Dynamics Advised Optional Optional
      High clarity and emphasis Required Moderate Optional
      Long duration  performance ability Required Optional Optional
      High Impact performance
      Required Optional Optional

      Verbatim of Welcome Message

      Welcome Message from Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

      Namaskar! Welcome to! offer(s) lessons in Indian music, rather, Indian Classical Music in sitar, tabla, Hindustani vocal music (khyal, thumri), sarod and flute. We have been teaching since 2002 and apparently doing very well. Our students are performing, our students are teaching and they are doing well and we have students from different parts of the globe. We offer tailor-made lessons depending on individual student’s requirement and needs. So, it becomes easier for the students to grow faster and as a result we have seen that the students are growing quite fast and doing almost as good as they could have done in the face to face set-up. So, we mostly encourage students those don’t find very good teachers around them. We offer them online teaching and we encourage the students to come to Kolkata also, whenever they can find time, and have face to face live teaching. So, our students those are performing very well are offered both the systems i) the online system and ii) they come to Kolkata and (they) stay here for sometime, learn and practice very hard and do the concerts and all. So, we wish to work for more people so that all of you can get the benefit, feel the bliss and perform well and teach well.

      So, once again, welcome! Namaskar!