The 6 month diploma program in performance is designed to give students a rounded music education that will prepare them with the right skill set to adapt and perform in a variety of musical situations both live and in the recording studio. Students will also learn essential skills such as reading and writing music, harmony, ear training, counterpoint, composition, improvisation, arranging, rhythmic concepts, band dynamics both musical and inter-personal and more
The various modes of instruction for students include:
One-on-one lessons with your faculty on your chosen instrument customized to help you enhance your specific musicality in aspects of music that you want to improve on.
Performance labs will focus on specific music skills for each group of instruments. These labs will cover a broad cross-section of music performance courses, techniques and methods. Some examples of performance lab courses could be raga concepts for guitar, odd meter skills for drums, improvisation techniques for singers, soloing over chord changes for pianists, carnatic tala calculation techniques for percussionists, ostinatos and pedal point applications for bassists etc.
Students will form ensembles (bands) with fellow students and will be coached by the faculty on all aspects of ensemble playing. Ensembles will be of varying instrumentation. For example, Ensemble 1 could be 2 guitars, bass and drums, Ensemble 2 could be 3 vocals, 1 piano, 1 drums and1 ghatam and so on. Examples of ensembles could be ‘the music of metallica ensemble’ , ‘hip hop raga ensemble’, ‘Jayant kulkarni meets Thelonius monk ensemble’ etc.
Various approaches and methodologies for effective ear training for students will be taught. Ear training sessions will cover important aspects such as development of good relative pitch, reharmonization by ear, aural interaction skills between soloist and rhythm section, Timbral recognition for effective arranging for varied instrumentation, music transcription etc.
Faculty will present class lectures on a multitude topics. Some are mandatory for all irrespective of their instruments and some will be specifically for certain focus groups of students. Examples of class lectures could be ‘Role of music in Indian culture’, ‘Latin American musical styles’, ‘Contemporary composition techniques in Jazz’, ‘From Beethoven to Jimi Hendrix – the evolution of rhythm in western music’ etc.