Harmonium

The harmonium is one of the most popular wind instruments in Hindustani music and the vocal arts. It is often used as an accompaniment for Kathak dance, but it may also be played as a solo instrument or as part of a group. The sound of the harmonium can be greatly varied which makes it a very versatile instrument.  more →

Harmonium instruction covers the following important topics: proper sitting position and rhythmic control of the bellows, body posture, and correct fingering. Students begin by learning the eight basic notes and practicing scales. They will then learn how to develop melodies by creating variations with the core group of notes.

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Hindustani Vocal

Hindustani vocal is a highly revered and respected art form. Vocal can be learned as a solo art, an accompaniment to musicians, and as part of dance performances.  more →

Instruction begins by learning the eight note scale and proper breath control. Students are expected to do riyaz on a daily basis in order to improve their facility and confidence, as well as develop the tonal quality of their voice. They will then progress to short songs and slowly build a repertoire of compositions.

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Madal

The madal is considered to be the national instrument of Nepal. It is beloved in cities and villages alike and used for almost every occasion, including festivals, social gatherings, family events, and performances. The madal is a two-sided drum with a soft and mellow sound, and comes in various sizes.  more →

NDS instructors begin by acquainting students with the various styles for holding and playing the madal. They will learn the proper methods of striking the instrument with the fingers and the hands to create the most pleasing and melodious sound. Attention is also given to mastering coordination skills by the practice of keeping the individual beats of each hand separate and balanced, similar to how pianists must keep the left and right hands compartmentalized.

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Tabla

The tabla is considered to be the king of instruments in Hindustani music, and is actually a set of drums played with both hands. It is usually heard in a group setting, but is also highly valued as a solo instrument.  more →

Stuents begin by learning the proper sitting position (essential for long sessions) and hand placement, basic tabla bols, and taals. Practical exercises are given to improve finger dexterity and gain stamina while playing. The foundation work is followed by short compositions which include the study of dedicated bols for the tabla. Part of the NDS lesson plan includes instructing students in the care, maintenance, and tuning of the instrument.

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