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GURUKUL

As established artists, we have a number of students who come home to learn the sitar, Indian cello or about Indian music in general. Our dream is to create a space for these talented young musicians, our own Gurukul out of Delhi where the students can come to a peaceful environment and learn music without the distractions of a city or its financial burden. We want the Foundation to play a fundamental role in creating this Gurukul. At this moment, we involve the aims of the Foundation in several ways:

  • We teach people who cannot afford our lesson fees for free.
  • We also involve our students in the teacher-training program and send them to teach our curriculum.
  • The strong sense of community among our students is something we want to keep developing within the framework of the Foundation, in the form of celebrations (Saraswati Puja, Guru Purnima), student concerts and promoting upcoming musicians. They are the future of our music and we must nourish the talent that is there.

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TALENT DEVELOPMENT


Whenever we see exceptional musical talent in the children we encounter in our music classes, we guide them to develop their talent through teaching them personally. With time, they could become part of our Gurukul. If they are talented in Western classical art or Jazz, we will find the proper Western music academy for them to teach music but still will guide them on how to become a successful musician in India. Our relations with various institutes in India and the West have proved to be beneficial here.

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Music Resources

With the development of the lesson plans, we are also developing teaching material for classroom and some of these we have made available for purchase. Teach music at home with these newly developed material by the Shubhendra and Saskia Rao Foundation.

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RAGA BOOK SERIES

We are currently developing a series of books to promote Indian music education at home. The child learns various raga’s through simple songs they sing themselves and can listen to with the accompanying recording. The aim is to introduce children to classical music in the comfort of their homes and give young children a good start in music by engaging them actively in the music making process.

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MUSIC LAB

Music research is very important to give us the right information to create the right curriculum. The creation of the Music 4 All curriculum alone took years of researching various teaching methods from India and other parts of the world and bringing them together. We also took an effort to research the importance of the Foundation in India and specifically Delhi by a detailed research in what various institutes have to offer and how we are different from them. This takes time and dedication. We would love to expand our research facilities and collaborate with (international) institutes. Music education in India, the effect of music education on a child’s overall development and the effect of music on all living beings are the fields we do and encourage research in. The Foundation will also give scholarships in kind and financial aid to deserving musicologists and musicians.

18 Music Facts you did not know

  1. Music is a human universal, which means that we have not found any culture that does not have some form of music. People need music.
  2. Animals and plants respond to music as well. Plants grow best with classical music.
  3. Music activates tremendous part of brain; during a scan not a hotspot lights up as is the case with all other activities, but with music the brain scan lights up like fireworks during Diwali. This effect is equal for vocal and instrumental music without language.
  4. Music therapy has had many successes in healing, stroke patients can learn to talk again, children can learn communication and motor skills, dementia patients can recall rhythmic patterns.
  5. In developing the brain of a child music experience gives them a leg up for learning language and maths. Not just as a mnemonic aid, but the brain is actually wired differently when music is taught.
  6. Music facilitates social behavior and enhances social skills. It helps cooperation instead of competition. In communities, corporate environment and classroom playing music together enhances the feeling of belonging. Even children with autism can learn social skills through music participation.
  7. Music reaches the deepest emotional part of the brain. Synchronized movement in music helps in Parkinson patients and patients with Tourette syndrome.
  8. Music penetrates psychosis’ is a saying from music therapy. It can help a person connect to the surroundings again.
  9. ‘Congenial immusia’ or being ‘tone deaf’, is the disease that means that a person really cannot enjoy or hear music. This affects an estimated 2 – 4 % of the population, a much smaller part compared to the number of people that are affected with, for instance, dyslexia. Unfortunately it happens in music class all too often that someone at some point said to a child ‘stop singing’, because it was out of tune. This usually does not mean the child is tone deaf, but just that they need more time. It would have been the same if someone said ‘stop counting’ or ‘stop throwing a ball’ instead of practice more to a 3 year old.
  10. Everyone benefits from music education, even people who will never be very good performers.
  11. Children learn everything faster through song and movement.
  12. Apart from improved social behavior, music education helps children to stay in school, be cooperative and address their emotions of grief, pain control and depression.
  13. This all apart from the clear measureable improved maths and language scores of children who participate in music education.
  14. When the teacher dumbs down the music choice they do the children a disservice. A lot of sacrifice goes into playing music well. Wynton Marsalis said about music education: ‘ With increasing freedom, education has more responsibility to instill critical thinking. Now a tremendous disparity between children; the have’s and have nots. Let them struggle a little too: it is fun but they have to take it serious too when they play real music; you have to keep trying, keep going.
  15. Entertainment executives and teenagers who argue that pop music is "just music" do not take into account that most human learning is incidental in nature and takes place outside of designated educational settings.
  16. Your heartbeat changes and mimics the music you are listening to. It also affects our pulse rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, and coordination. If a person listens to rock or techno, their heartbeat will involuntarily speed up. The opposite is true if someone listens to Indian Classical music. This is the reason that Indian music is often used in meditation practice.
  17. It is possible to get children excited about classical music, one look at the very successful program El Sistema in Venezuela is living proof. Over 30 years ago Jose Antonio Abreu started teaching music to children from challenging backgrounds . Today every town in Venezuela has a children’s orchestra. Not made up of the elite, rich children, but for all.
  18. Indian classical music makes use of the most complex forms of melody and rhythm known to any tradition in the world. It is an oral tradition and the child learns in the way that comes natural to him: through imitation.
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