Learn Hindustani Vocals from Scratch

First Name
Surbhi
Last Name
Samdani
Course Summary

This beginner's course is ideal for students who wish to take their first step into the world of Hindustani Vocal Music. The main objective of the course is to create a strong vocal and musical base. The student will learn to perform Swar Riyaz to help improvise their musical phrases. Each 1-hour class will construct the foundation for better voice clarity, teach the student how to stabilize each note, and vocalize with the Tanpura pitch perfectly.

Lives In

Mohali
Punjab
India

Course Duration
12 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$24.00

per week per student

1 week =
1
class
1 class =
60
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Surbhi
Last Name
Samdani
Number of years of relevant experience
10 Years Experience
From: India
Teacher Skill Keywords
Hindustani Classical Music
Study Details
Bachelors In Indian Classical Music
Bhatkhande Music Institute, Lucknow
Masters in Indian Classical Music
Bhatkhande Music Institute, Lucknow
Masters in English Literature
Mithibai/ Mumbai University
Bachelors in management studies
Narsee Monjee School of economics

Course Details

Over the course of 12 weeks, each 60-minute class will focus on a number of lessons such as Ganpati Vandana and Saraswati Vandana, Swaras and patterns, Folk music from different states of India, Raga (Bhoopali & Yaman), Chhota Khayal in the above ragas, Rhythm patterns, Composition exercises.  In each of these lessons, practices, and techniques will help the student to understand how to use the basic elements of music, notes, rhythm and help with ear training. Students will develop a keen sense of Tanpura, which is key to understanding and learning this style of music.

As well as identifying their voice texture and developing good voice clarity, students will learn how to correctly focus to stabilize notes and creating patterns, and learning the Pentatonic Scale of Raga Bhupali. Students must have a keen interest in music, with a natural curiosity, and a wish to apply the consistent and dedicated practice needed to learn the skill. This course is open to all musical levels and can be undertaken by anyone wanting to learn the music.

About the Instructor: Trained professionally in Indian classical vocals, Surbhi Samdani is a composer, Indian musician, performer, and playback singer. She has been under the tutelage of many prominent and highly regarded gurus such as Pandit Banwarilal Rao (Jaipur Gharana), Pandit Raja Ram Shukla, and Suresh Wadekar for over 10 years. She graduated with a BA, furthering her studies to gain a MA in Hindustani Classical Music at Bhatkhande Music Institute Deemed University (BMIDU). She has also returned and is working towards gaining her Ph.D. in Musicology at the Institute.

Outside of her studies, Surbhi is a frequent performer of Classical, Semi-Classical, and Light Music in many private shows, local festivals, and has been featured on local Rajasthani TV stations. She has performed outside of her hometown Rajasthan, in other countries such as France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Thailand. Surbhi has also collaborated with various artists spanning across China, Latin America, and Europe. Surbhi has also been among the Top 10 winners in the Bollywood category of the Sur Sangam National Youth Music Festival in 2017.

For over seven years, Surbhi has been teaching private music lessons, focusing on the Hindustani classical style. She has also organized Indian Music workshops all across India, Paris, and Holland.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits
  • Understand how to use the basic elements of music, notes and rhythm
  • Identifying your voice texture and Developing voice clarity
  • Developing a relation with Tanpura (most important to learn and understand music)
  • Learn to focus on the stability of the note
  • Understanding Alankars and creating patterns
  • Understanding different genres of music
  • To learn to sing Seven Shuddh Swaras and accidental notes as well, simple patterns in these Swaras
  • Learn the Pentatonic Scale of Raga Bhupali.

 

Prerequites

Students must have a keen interest in music, with a natural curiosity, and a wish to apply the consistent and dedicated practice needed to learn the skill. This course is open to all musical levels and can be undertaken by anyone wanting to learn the music.

Weekly Schedule

These sections are for individual students.

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Section A
Sun 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section B
Tue 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section C
Fri 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section D
Mon 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section E
Wed 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section F
Sat 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
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FAQs

Question
I've never sung before, will this be the right standard for me?
Answer
Absolutely, I take students on who are starting to discover their singing voices to people who have sung for many years and want extra guidance. I will help you every step of the way.
Question
Can I start learning singing after the age of 60?
Answer
Yes of course! There is no age limits to start singing. Music is beyond limitations. Even it will be more joyful if a person starts singing after fulfilling all the major responsibilities of his/her life.
Question
How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Answer
This course will require practice time outside of lessons. Time spent practicing may vary from 15 minutes per day to an hour, depending on a student’s level of interest. Students who wish to become professional musicians will need more hours of practice per day using a different set of exercises and materials than students who are seeking to learn music as a hobby. Detailed structure of practice for each student will be discussed and explained during class.
Question
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
Question
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Answer
Students should get a response within 24 hours if the teacher is not preoccupied or travelling.

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