Music to Mumbai's ears

Jun 01, 2013, 08:15 IST | Ruchika Kher

Come September, The True School of Music in Mumbai, will open its doors to professional and budding musicians for rigorous vocational training programmes across every aspect of Contemporary music

Composer Ashutosh Phatak and sound engineer Nitin Chandy conceptualised The True School of Music to give a modern approach to music training coupled with state-of-the-art infrastructure.

The Studio Plan
The Studio Plan

Spread over 15,000 square feet, the school which will begin its first batch in September this year, will feature recording studios, a music library, auditorium for live gigs and consoles for DJs, in addition to resident faculty from The Manhattan School of Music, New York City, professional instrument courses authored by leading music educators in the USA and sound engineering and music production courses developed by The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), UK.

Guitar Room
Graphical representation of the Guitar Room

“When I started my career in music, learning on the job was the only way to gain knowledge and learn techniques for a professional career in music in India. The thought of starting a school has been simmering in my sub-conscience for at least 15 years,” recalls Phatak. He speaks of how it’s surprising that no institute provides a technically firm grounding for career-oriented musicians. Also, with intense growth in the live music scene and a steady rise in the advertising and film industries, more job opportunities are cropping up and as music develops into a full-fledged industry, he believes there’s an even greater need to have a foundation of education to add longevity and an international level of skill for this segment.

To be located at Sun Mill Compound, Lower Parel, a maximum of 10 students will forma classroom and anyone from sixto 96 years of age can enroll. The faculty members include world-renowned musicians including Justin DiCioccio, internationally recognised as one of the foremost Jazz educators who will be the Advisor and Associate Dean. Aneesh Pradhan, Shubha Mudgal, Jeff Koch and Angelo Di Loreto also make up the list.

“True School of Music is unique as it will have internationally authored curriculum designed for the Indian environment. Our concept is supported by a lot of well-known musicians in the country so this will give an instant break into the business for students through our
tie-ups in the industry,” informs theco-founder.

Faculty speak

Shubha Mudgal

Shubha Mudgal: A place where you can borrow not only from the pedagogic systems used in India but also elsewhere in the world, will be an ideal space. There has to be a system and also learning on the job and when that comes together it’s fantastic. This school will offer that.

Aneesh Pradhan

Aneesh Pradhan: Tradition teaches us that to be part of the tradition, you have to be part of a continuum, so you learn from the previous generation and then you hand it over to the next generation. It’s how tradition is kept alive; it’s the difference between tradition and orthodoxy. 

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