Swarras School of Music was started on January 21 2015. As the name suggests, the main aim of this school is to make the students experience the Rasa, that is the mood that each Swar or a musical note conveys through the various frequencies of sound.
The goal of Swarras School of Music is threefold. Firstly, impart training to students in Hindustani vocal and harmonium with a solid curriculum based structure.
Secondly, make each and every student realize the effort that it takes to learn this art form and thus, not just make their own efforts in terms of regular practice but also truly appreciate the efforts of others performing this music.
Finally, the learning process should be totally enjoyable to every student whereby they feel more and more motivated to continue to learn. It should act as a stress buster for them which in turn could help them cope more effectively with all the different challenges of every day life.
Swarras School of Music imparts training to its students in 2 ways. First is the traditional method in which the student sits in front of the teacher to learn the intricacies of classical music. The classes are conducted either as individual or group classes with not more than 3 to 5 students in a group.
The second method of training is the online learning method. With changing times and with technology bringing the world ever so closer, the distance between the student and the teacher is no longer a barrier in learning music. Keeping this in mind, Swarras School of Music offers online classes through various mediums such as skype, facetime and google hangouts.
The duration of all the classes is either half hour or 1 hour, depending on the choice and the level of the student. The classes are conducted once a week.
Shri Manoj Govindraj teaches all the classes conducted by Swarras School of Music. Shri Manoj has been teaching vocal and harmonium for the last 25 years in India and in the US. He has taught over 200 students with several of them giving stage performances on a regular basis in different genres of music from pure classical music to semi-classical and popular music. Many of his students have won several awards in prestigious music competitions held in India and in the US and have also made a name for themselves by being a part of television reality shows.
The first stage consists of basic level 1 and basic level 2 (Prarambhik Pratham and Prarambhik Poorna) in which the students are introduced to the core concepts of Hindustani music through theory and practical training.
The second stage includes intermediate level 1 and level 2(Madhyama Pratham and Madhyama Poorna) in which the students are taught to elaborate further on the basic concepts that they learnt in the previous stage.
The third and the final stage consists of advance level 1 and level 2 (visharad Pratham and Visharad Poorna) in which the students are encouraged to be creative and to try to elaborate on the various aspects of music using their own thinking ability. This will eventually help them perform in front of an audience.
At the end of each level, the students are presented with certificates for having successfully completed that level.
The students are encouraged to showcase their talent through the annual student recital held during the months of July/August. Only those students are given the opportunity to perform who have trained for a minimum duration of 1 year.