A Music School, Quite Like No Other

February 27, 2015 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

A Music School, Quite Like No Other

Those were the words that I’d had heard and read voluminously about. As I’m an ardent music fan, my curiosity was piqued, to say the least. I ventured towards Santhome, Chennai one sunny morning, armed with little else than my tote, notepad and overflowing eagerness. Did the Academy of Western Music live up to those mental notes I had made? Why don’t we find out!

The vast and beautiful campus of the music school was the perfect sight for sore eyes. With ample car parking space, it’s a welcome boon for visitors as well as students. As I had fixed an appointment with the CEO- Mr. John Sudhakar- I waited in the sizeable lobby for fewer than two minutes before I got whisked away to Mr. Sudhakar’s cabin. Modest and amiable, I was put at ease in no time at all.

The Heritage: The Academy is a little under two years since inception, but going by its evolved and elaborate appearance, it would definitely seem otherwise.  It offers Courses in 10 disciplines- Guitar (the most popular one, I realise), Vocal & Piano (close runners-up), Drums, Keyboard, Violin, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet and Music Theory. The last, where the in-depth structure of music and music notation are taught is the most vital one to strike a chord, I’m told. Lessons for beginners at the Academy are intrinsic and well-etched, where students are handheld to perfection. A music instructor at the Academy takes separate sessions for students at different levels.

Classrooms at the Academy: I am soon led to the classrooms at the Academy which span the First & Second floors. Guitar has an exclusive room where Acoustic & Electric are taught. Vocal & Music Theory has a separate classroom. Piano, Drums & Keyboard have different rooms & Mr. Sudhakar patiently explains the differences between the two to this eager beaver & he rounds off his statement with a pitch-perfect performance! I was truly honored, I must say. The Classrooms have top-notch instruments which are taught by experienced faculty who come with excellent degrees and the one ingredient that is a prerequisite- committed passion towards teaching.

Syllabus & Certification: Students at the Academy can take music examinations conducted by Trinity College London and Rockschool.

Advantage Academy: What clearly impressed me was when I learnt that the student-teacher ratio was as less as 1:5! The personalised instruction from well-experienced music instructors apart, parents can take heart from the fact that the brightly lit classrooms have CCTV installed in each room. Students are also encouraged to participate in SPOT- Student Performance Over Time- which are conducted at regular intervals to build their confidence and equip them for the bigger stage. Cut to the Reading room and Library which housed an eclectic collection of books and magazines from the world of music. Rock, pop, classic- you name the genre, the Academy, in most certainty, will cover it. Over to the Recital Hall- the arena for students to perform; and also where you can lend an ear to known artistes.

Music Retail Store: Students are encouraged to buy instruments that they choose to study. Towards this, the Academy has set up Sterling Music, a music store within the campus (nirvana to music enthusiasts, I tell you!) with a colossal line-up of Musical Instruments and Accessories ranging from Yamaha, Casio and Roland to Korg, Ashton and Havana; and everything else in between.

After a morning well spent, I take leave and bemusedly mull over the newfangled Academy and its well-entrenched position in the south of India!

A Music School, Quite Like No Other

Those were the words that I’d had heard and read voluminously about. As I’m an ardent music fan, my curiosity was piqued, to say the least. I ventured towards Santhome, Chennai one sunny morning, armed with little else than my tote, notepad and overflowing eagerness. Did the Academy of Western Music live up to those mental notes I had made? Why don’t we find out!

The vast and beautiful campus of the music school was the perfect sight for sore eyes. With ample car parking space, it’s a welcome boon for visitors as well as students. As I had fixed an appointment with the CEO- Mr. John Sudhakar- I waited in the sizeable lobby for fewer than two minutes before I got whisked away to Mr. Sudhakar’s cabin. Modest and amiable, I was put at ease in no time at all.

The Heritage: The Academy is a little under two years since inception, but going by its evolved and elaborate appearance, it would definitely seem otherwise. It offers Courses in 10 disciplines- Guitar (the most popular one, I realise), Vocal & Piano (close runners-up), Drums, Keyboard, Violin, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet and Music Theory. The last, where the in-depth structure of music and music notation are taught is the most vital one to strike a chord, I’m told. Lessons for beginners at the Academy are intrinsic and well-etched, where students are handheld to perfection. A music instructor at the Academy takes separate sessions for students at different levels.

Classrooms at the Academy: I am soon led to the classrooms at the Academy which span the First & Second floors. Guitar has an exclusive room where Acoustic & Electric are taught. Vocal & Music Theory has a separate classroom. Piano, Drums & Keyboard have different rooms & Mr. Sudhakar patiently explains the differences between the two to this eager beaver & he rounds off his statement with a pitch-perfect performance! I was truly honored, I must say. The Classrooms have top-notch instruments which are taught by experienced faculty who come with excellent degrees and the one ingredient that is a pre-requisite- committed passion towards teaching.

Syllabus & Certification: Students at the Academy can take music examinations conducted by Trinity College London and Rockschool.

Advantage Academy: What clearly impressed me was when I learnt that the student-teacher ratio was as less as 1:5! The personalised instruction from well-experienced music instructors apart, parents can take heart from the fact that the brightly lit classrooms have CCTV installed in each room. Students are also encouraged to participate in SPOT- Student Performance Over Time- which are conducted at regular intervals to build their confidence and equip them for the bigger stage. Cut to the Reading room and Library which housed an eclectic collection of books and magazines from the world of music. Rock, pop, classic- you name the genre, the Academy, in most certainty, will cover it. Over to the Recital Hall- the arena for students to perform; and also where you can lend an ear to known artistes.

Music Retail Store: Students are encouraged to buy instruments that they choose to study. Towards this, the Academy has set up Sterling Music, a music store within the campus (nirvana to music enthusiasts, I tell you!) with a colossal line-up of Musical Instruments and Accessories ranging from Yamaha, Casio and Roland to Korg, Ashton and Havana; and everything else in between.

After a morning well spent, I take leave and bemusedly mull over the newfangled Academy and its well-entrenched position in the south of India!

Radhika
Music Lover