Music Theory Is Imperative
Music is my world. Singing has been an integral part of me, ever since I was a kid. Being able to listen to old songs and to memorise the tune and lyrics was my strength. Recognising my inclination to music, my parents encouraged me to learn how to play the Veena.
A few years down the line, I got an opportunity and was egged by a close friend to learn Hindustani music vocals. After a long sabbatical, music came knocking at my door, in the form of western music vocals. The comment from Mr. David Devasahayam (Vocal Instructor – AWM), after my audition ‘you should join at the earliest’, lent me confidence. I grabbed the opportunity realising that it would help me appreciate different genres of music. Slowly and steadily I found my ground in this genre too.
Gradually I realised that THEORY is the grammar of music, and it would surely be an advantage if I started to learn western music theory as well. One of the finest teachers in the Academy, Mr. Damodaran, has taught and guided me very well. It has helped me understand that the musical notes are much deeper than only being black and white strokes. They denote scale, rhythm, number of beats and melody. It surely requires a lot of hard work and patience, and with his guidance I have cleared my theory exams with distinction. I hope to perform in the same manner in the future too.
Last but not the least, our CEO, Mr. John Sudhakar, is very patient and ever ready to help the students at all times.
Rajani Girish Krishnan
Advanced Level Student -Academy of Western Music