The number of musicians teaching online is growing, and many who were initially skeptical of online lessons are now more comfortable with the idea.
The Jayanthi Kumaresh Academy for Veena, launched during the pandemic, attended 20 masterclasses.
Students from all over the world – especially from Africa, Singapore, and the United States – log on and attend classes to learn the nuances of karnatik music from acclaimed veena player Jayanthi Kumaresh.
She says, “Sometimes a masterclass is repeated because we have limited places.” Classes reached around 900 students.
As for its courses, they are divided into three categories – junior (with two to three years of learning), intermediate (five to six years) and advanced (concert level).
Jayanthi left home and lived with her guru to learn music, so she wasn’t much of a supporter of online lessons until recently.
âIf a student had trained under me for years and had to move elsewhere, I offered the Skype option. Now the pandemic situation has opened my eyes, âshe said.
What: Veena (Classic Karnatik)
Where: Jayanthi Kumaresh Academy for Veena (website)
Ajay Warriar, a playback singer with many Kannada hits to his credit, didn’t start online lessons until March.
âOnce I started I realized what I could do with people’s voices. With every music director I worked with, I learned new things and started to apply them in the lessons, âhe says.
He takes private lessons. Its students come from all over Karnataka, as well as from Pune and Hyderabad. âSome are from the Middle East, the United States and Canada,â he says.
It starts with the basics of classical music before moving on to genres such as “sugama sangeeta”, “ghazals” and “devaranamas”. He runs courses for first year students as well as for those with a good knowledge of music.
What: Devaranama, ghazals, etc.
Where: Call 98 452 29202 or email [email protected]
Singer and harmonica expert Saitejas Chandrashekar strongly believes in face-to-face lessons. âAt first I didn’t like the online mode,â he says.
He now has students from all over the world. âWith an improved computer and a good audio interface, the lessons are going well,â he says.
He is now leading a two month workshop for harmonica students in early August. âI have 10 students in each class, and all three are full,â he says. He will start a new batch in November.
What: Filming songs on the harmonica
Where: Call 98805 90084
Singer-songwriter, songwriter and playback singer Sangeetha Ravindranath started online music lessons a month ago. âWith plenty of time and requests from music lovers keen to learn from me, I thought I should explore online education,â she says.
With a busy schedule leading up to the pandemic, Sangeetha wasn’t sure she was ready to teach. âTeaching takes a certain level of dedication. It keeps me busy now and provides me with a source of income, âshe says.
It now has 30 students and offers private lessons. âI include vocal culture and adapt classical Indian and Western techniques to create a solid foundation for students of reading singing and folk music,â says Sangeetha.
What: Film music, sugama sangeeta, folk songs
Where: Facebook, Instagram pages.
Like Sangeetha, Madikeri Mukesh focused on stage performances and studio recordings, but the pandemic disrupted that routine. He now runs private online lessons for those who want to learn sugama sangeeta and movie songs, and runs workshops. A 12-session sugama sangeeta workshop will begin on July 31. âI teach a few basics, then I move on to songs,â he says. Mukesh teaches songs from movies in five languages, and he finds that the majority of his students love old acts.
What: Sugama sangeeta, movie songs
Where: Call 98801 50383
Some online courses
The Bangalore School of Music: Orchestral and ensemble training for children, bass guitar, hand percussion and hearing training. Message on WhatsApp to
Rainbow Bridge Music School: Music production and electronic music production.
Call 99457 60541 or 85469 03315.
Raga Urban Music School:
Flute and tabla lessons.
Call 77953 49578.
The Music School Bangalore: Music production and sound engineering. Call 78488 28829.
Nathaniel Music School: Virtual Music Methods.
Call 77604 56847.