Students will be introduced to singing and playing keyboard and/or dholak. By the 3rd or 4th class, students will choose to focus on singing and keyboard or dholak. Students learning keyboard and dholak will need to purchase or rent an instrument to take home to practice.
All students will learn the basic musical swar: Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni. They will learn to play keyboard exercises using correct fingering. Simple bhajan or kirtan will be taught. Dholak students will learn how to hit the dholak open-hand style. They will learn single beat and eventually double beat. They will practice keeping a steady beat when accompanying a chanter. Students will learn to sing a kirtan and will also play it on their instrument. They will learn to play together as a musical ensemble group.