With Rainbow Bridge (a music school, recording studio and jam pad all rolled into one), Sanjeev Thomas gives music education a new spin.
Considering Sanjeev Thomas’s busy career, juggling between being the lead guitarist of AR Rahman (you heard his pieces in Bollywood movies like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Rockstar), creating music scores for films and commercials, and managing his own independent musical work, starting a recording studio wasn’t a surprising decision. That’s how Rainbow Bridge (a name inspired by Jimi Hendrix) came into being in 2004, during his time in Chennai. When Sanjeev moved to Bangalore (almost a year ago), he added a whole new dimension to the relocated space with a music school. After all, he says, education is equally important, going by the dearth of music education available for aspiring youngsters.
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Following a curriculum devised by the musician himself, the school veers away from the traditional way of teaching music and makes it a fun course for students. Apart from Beginner and Advanced Courses for Instruments (they have classes for guitar, drums and keyboard) and Voice, they have crash courses for kids aged five to six, which introduce them to different instruments (letting them choose what they love the most). Want something more technical? Opt for the Specialised Courses which let you master Sound Design or Music Production.
The well-equipped studio doubles up as a jam pad for band practices as well as a recording space for artistes, bands and Sanjeev’s own work projects. So, the students get to witness live recording sessions and, perhaps, even be part of one at some point. That’s not all. With a lineup of monthly workshops by musicians like Baiju Dharmajan and Gino Banks (we hear there are upcoming sessions by Leslie Lewis and Ash King), and hands-on experiences like the recent guitar-making workshop, this music school (and its students, of course) will probably be one to look out for.
Where: 140, Gangadharachetty road, Ulsoor and Skywalk, L2-02, First floor, 5/1, Assaye road, Watsons building, Ulsoor
When: 12pm-9pm (closed on Mondays)
Contact: +91 9538192000
Price: INR 2,500 (per month) upwards
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