Indian classical music has traditionally been an oral practice, passed from generation to generation by students hearing and imitating their teachers and memorizing lessons. A notational system exists but students are encouraged to learn by ear. Students are allowed to record their classes and every raga taught in class is notated on the board in the lecture hall. Students are recommended to copy the written notes, as it will enhance their memorization.

Music classes on our main campus (Marin) are held in a comfortable group format and our lecture hall easily accommodates all students. Early registration is encouraged to assist the College in scheduling.

GROUP MASTER CLASSES

VOCAL MUSIC:
Instruction is offered in Hindustani classical style of the Maihar Seni Gharana as taught by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Vocal music is considered the foundation of all music in this tradition. Vocal classes are offered weekly in both group and private settings. All students are encouraged to participate. Vocal classes are also being offered online. View a sample of an online vocal class.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC:
The college offers different levels of instrumental group and private classes weekly. Most students learn Sarode, Sitar, or Violin, but one can learn on any instrument. Guitars, Cellos, Flutes and Bass are not uncommon at the Ali Akbar College. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Instrumental classes are also being offered online. View a sample of an online instrumental class.

GUIDED IMPROVISATION CLASS:
Learn how to improvise and develop Alap, Jor, Jalla, Gat, Vistar, Tan, Sat Sangat and Sawal Jawab. This class encourages interaction and for each student to play both individually and along with the teacher. Prior training in Indian Classical music required. Lead by Alam Khan. This class is also being offered online.

SITAR WORKSHOP:
This class focuses on technique development and compositional material specifically geared for sitar players.  Instrumental and/or vocal compositions of Ali Akbar Khan will be taught on sitar, in conjunction with sitar techniques such as ghasitkrintangamak, reverse meendmeend-krintan combinations, sapat-meend combinations, bols, and playing in the bass register (pancham/kharaj). This class is also being offered online.

PERCUSSION:
Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri teaches Tabla classes in small groups arranged by the level of the students. Students gain accompaniment skills by playing for vocal, instrumental and supplementary classes, as well as practicing with other students. Intermediate and advanced classes are also being offered online. View a sample of an online tabla class.

GROUP SUPPLEMENTAL CLASSES

RIYAAZ:
The Riyaaz classes are one-hour practice intensives. If you are looking to push your practice forward, and/or better structure your own practice regiment, these classes will help you achieve that. They take place twice weekly on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings and are for beginning and intermediate level players. These classes are also being offered online.

TALA I CLASS:
Students explore classical Indian rhythmic concepts through recitation, counting, and using their hands. Highly recommended for all beginning students. This class is only offered online and pre-recorded through our new "AACM Online" education portal. For info on how to enroll please write to office@aacm.org.

SARGAM:
Delve into the many ways to use the Indian solfege, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa, with Alam Khan. If you would like to improve your singing, or begin your Indian Vocal studies, this class is highly recommended. This class is only offered online and pre-recorded through our new "AACM Online" education portal. For info on how to enroll please write to office@aacm.org.

PRIVATE ONE-ON-ONE LESSONS

Provides students with close personal attention from the College’s instructors. Lessons are one-hour long, during which time the instructor will answer questions, work on technique, provide feedback and focus on strengthening the student’s musicianship skills. Private lessons are available throughout the year. These lessons are held at the College and must be arranged in advance with an office administrator and instructor. Private lessons are also available through Skype.

 

Please be sure that you sign up for classes before the first day of the Session. Some classes require a minimum number of students in order to be presented.