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Music Program - Indian and Western

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

At the Formal Level

 

We wish to establish a thriving musical culture in school. A wealth of scientific research over the last decade is proving that music education is a powerful tool for attaining children’s full intellectual, social a creative potential.

 

Music gives children a means to express themselves to unleash their creativity, and to be expired by their own boundless capacity for personal growth.

 

Music is compulsory for the first seven years of a pupil’s life in the school from 3+ (Pre-School) to 11 + (Class V). In the critically important years between 3+ and 5+ children are exposed to music everyday. This programme is not confined to the more common set of songs or nursery rhymes sung in the traditional fashion.

Between the ages 11+ and 13+ pupils are offered Music as one of the options. Those choosing to pursue Music at this stage master ragas, talas and are knowledgeable about our musicians of today, a brief history of Hindustani and Carnatak styles. The also build up a good collection of different types of songs.

 

For those opting for Music at the advanced stage of Class IX and X under the 10+2 system, the emphasis is on the theory of Music. The standard that they attain is that of diploma from reputed Music Academies.

At the informal Level

At the informal level among other things, is the morning assembly that consists of :

       

          *a stuti

          *a songs

          *a community shloka

 

The ‘stuti’ may be in Sanskrit or Hindi and is invariably sung (rather than recited) by a special trained choir.

 

The songs may be a bhajan, a searonal song, a patriotic song, a folk song, an inspiring song expressing a beautiful thought or a philosophy, Rabindra sangeet, etc. Songs may be in Hindi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujrati, Assamese, Pahari, Marathi, Rajasthani, Malyalam, Telugu, Tamil, Sanskrit etc.

 

The community Shloka with which we end the assembly is usually a thought expressed in four lines, sung by the entire school as one and rendered in simple music.

Rather the young ones are trained to differentiate simple notations (alankar), rhythm (laya), and bears (tala). Our per-school orchestra of four-and-five-years old include eight simple instruments such as dholak tambourine, triangle, jhunjhuna kartal, cymbals dandia and the most ancient of rhythm ‘instrument’ clapping.