Arts & Crafts
Participating in music has been scientifically proven to help with co-ordination, concentration, memory, maths, confidence, musicianship, social interaction, etc. Students indulge in activities such as singing dancing, painting, etc to enrich their aesthetic and creative development in interesting and enjoyable ways. The whole school has the opportunity to learn various arts and crafts. Lessons in music are given on an individual basis for 30 minutes a week. The lessons help students discover the basic fundamental elements of music like pitch, rhythm, note reading, knowledge of musical terms and signs. Each child discovers a natural love of music through the hands-on experience of playing and singing.
The objectives of the learning music :
- Training to listen to music to understand shruthi and musical scales
- Introducing children to a basic sense of shruti and rhythm by taking them through basic lessons (portions of sarali varisai and janda varisai)
- Building an interest, inspiration and appreciation for Carnatic Music and learning, singing and playing it
- Learning geethams and simple classical pieces suitable for children
Vocal music is taught under the guidance of an expert musician. Children learn to appreciate various ragas that comprise the rich heritage of Carnatic music.
Training in stringed instruments like Violin and Veena is imparted to students from standard 3 to 5 under the guidance of expert musicians. The genre taught is Carnatic. Starting at a young age is a great advantage as students have time to practise and establish a routine needed to achieve a high level later on. Progress is entirely dependent on how much practice is put in.
It is essential that parents are able to help them play at home for an hour everyday.
Mridangam is a percussion instrument that helps children develop a sense of rhythm and beats (tala). Through an extensive use of fingers and palms, they learn to create a wide variety of sounds.
Bharatanatyam, a south Indian classical dance form, is taught to children by a fully qualified and experienced dance teacher. The syllabus is structured and brings about a good exposure to this classical art form.
An assessment of each child's receptivity to Carnatic music and level of interest is determined and those who are more receptive are moved to advanced batches.