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Study Indian Music in London - Trinity College

By Yogendra
(February 2009)

Already since 2006, the Trinity College London is offering a practical 4 year-study of Indian Music in cooperation with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the renowned institute for Indian Culture. The study is mainly composed of Perfomance Studies and Contextual Studies. The core of the Performance Studies are solo-lessons in the main-subject you have chosen (vocal, sitar, violin or percussion), supplemented by lessons on a secondary instrument, by basic training and by playing in an ensemble. The Contextual Studies are about achieving a solid understanding of Indian Music for teaching and research, as well as dealing with the newest music technology and developing own musical projects. The conditions for admission are a musical audition and an interview. Also during the studies mainly performing music is tested. The studies are finished by a Bachelor of Music - Indian Performance, or alternately with a Diploma. The lessons are taught in English. Previous knowledge and special musical skills can be acknowledged so that the duration of the studies can be shortened. The studies start in September each year. For more information see: www.bhavan.net

For musicians who are already active as professional performers, but don´t have an institutional certificate yet it is possible to aquire a Performance-Diploma without participating in the lessons by delivering a 40-minute performance. For further information on this special offer contact the sitarist Dharambir Singh, who has developed this special offer and other studies for indian music. E-mail: sitarsingh@hotmail.com

Other full-time study opportunities for Indian music practice in Europe are offered by the Rotterdam World Music Academy, the Leeds College of Music, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London and the Vicenza Conservatory.
Practical instruction in Indian music as part of other degree programs is offered, for example, by the Basel Music Academy and the University of Hildesheim.