Western Music Lovers, Learn At Your Own Pace From These Veteran Instructors

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We’re confident you’ve nailed Come as You Are since we met last, i.e when we gave you the lowdown on music schools to bookmark. For some of you, rigid schedules and formal semester systems don’t work, so we put together a list of private instructors. Hello, flexible timings.

Vasundhara Vee

One half of jazz duo Adil and Vasundhara, she teaches vocals, techniques and performance, where technique refers to voice building, and performance to how you sing genres and work with rhythm. She specializes in Jazz, Blues, RnB and soul, but given the same rules apply to vocals at large, she’s happy to work with different genres as well. Let her real time experience guide you – combat stage fright, learn to work your muscles right and explore body percussion.

Academies you can find her at: Global Music Institute, Lajpat Nagar, and she also does workshops at One World College of Music, Gurgaon and DPS East of Kailash. Find out more here and here.

Fees: INR 1,500 per lesson

Pranai Gurung

An erstwhile Silk Route member {2007}, Pranai conceptualized and set up Blue Notes School of Music the same year. The school teaches guitar, drums, bass guitar, violin, vocals, piano and keyboard. Although Pranai is most known for his command over the guitar, the school at large focuses on classical, blues, latin, jazz and contemporary.

Academies you can find him at: Blue Notes School of Music, D7/7482 Vasant Kunj

Contact: 011 46052494

Fees: 4 sessions per month {only private session} INR 1,800 / 2,000; 8 sessions per month {only private session} INR 3,600 / 4,000; 8 sessions per month {Private and group session} INR 2,800; Private session {advanced level} INR 600 / 800

Find out more here.

Manoj Mavely

India’s first drummer to be awarded a $28,000 scholarship to study at the world renowned Berklee College of Music, Boston, he teaches the drums in Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Funk, Rock and Brazilian styles. Given his versatility and knowledge, he can take on everything from jazz to pop to speed metal. He is highly regarded for his unique concepts in developing the ‘drummer’s mind’ through advanced reading skills, styles, groove, odd meters, ostinatos, cross-rhythms and techniques, which have challenged over 1500 students over the last 18 years. His illustrious list of students reflects his unmatched success in music education.

Academies you can find him at: Director at MusicTek-School of Performing Arts, A-213A, Sushant Lok-1, Gurgaon

Contact: 0124 4255537/ +91 9871584447

Fees: Find out schedule and fee structure here.

Rohit Gupta

A born and bred Dilliwaala, Rohit formalized his musical training at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. Currently, he is one of the youngest pianist/keyboardists in the city and specializes in elements like Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Funk and Classical.

Academies you can find him at: You can find him at Global Music Institute, Lajpat Nagar, as the piano mentor for the City Music Program.

Fees: For a full fee structure, and one-on-one class schedule, click here.

Sonic Shorey

He teaches bass and intermediate guitar, and Konnakol {the art of orally reciting rhythms in South Indian music}, and his curriculum incorporates Western Classical harmony with Karnatak traditional rhythms. Another product of Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, Chennai, and a front runner in Manoj Mavely’s illustrious list of students, he enjoys a less structured, relaxed and more flexible approach to training {Read: no strict timings}.

Academies you can find him at: Faculty member at MusicTek, Gurgaon, and he also takes private lessons

Contact: +91 9971999193

Fees: For private lessons, INR 500/class

Reuben Narain

A drummer for 18 years, Reuben comes with an illustrious list of qualifications. He started with local teachers in the city, graduated to The Collective, New York City, and finished with Berklee College of Music, Boston. He teaches the drums and music theory, specializing in Western Music and its family.

Academies you can find him at: Faculty Member at One World College of Music, Gurgaon, and also takes private lessons

Contact: +91 9810624980

Fees: For private lessons, INR 800/class; for One World College of Music, find out more here.

Shivam Khare

A pianist for the last 25 years, he spent a majority of his music life teaching himself the instrument. Later on, he formalized his education at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. Predominantly a jazz pianist, he also teaches contemporary and western classical styles, and takes classes on music theory and harmony as well. Although he runs his own school, and is a faculty member at two others, he’s available for private home tuitions {your home}, in select areas.

Academies you can find him at: Shivam runs his own school, and teaches there – School of Symphony, Dwarka – and is a faculty member at One World College of Music, Gurgaon, and MusicTek, Gurgaon

Contact: +91 9891725153

Fees: INR 1,200/session.

Jayant Manchanda

You’ve been probably seen him at live gigs all around town; he plays with a variety of bands. Considering how active he is on the music scene, he’ll be able to give you great insight into the independent music scene in Delhi. He teaches bass, but also helps his students explore and appreciate a range of music styles, from jazz and blues to rock and Latin American. If you have any specific needs, just relay them to him and he’ll go out of his way to incorporate them into your education.

Academies you can find him at: One World College of Music, Gurgaon

Contact: +91 9871191969

Fees: On request {dependent on the structure of your class}

Aditya Balani

A former student of the Berklee School of Music, and co-founder of the Global Music Institute in Delhi, he’s known for his skill with the guitar. He believes that your fundamentals have to be rock-solid, and he will pay special attention to strengthening them. You can also gain insight into composition and song-writing, to add a greater dimension to your lessons.

Academies you can find him at: Global Music Institute, Lajpat Nagar

Contact: +91 9999944193

Fees: On request {as per students’ needs}

Jubin Jacob

One of the co-founders of the Gig Week {a platform for emerging musicians}, he’s studied the piano extensively. We recommend him no matter what you’re looking to get out of your classes, because he’ll tailor the content specifically to your needs, whether you’re looking to play for pleasure or pursue the instrument professionally. Plus point? He’ll come wherever you are to conduct a class.

Contact: +91 9899293751

Fees: INR 750- INR 1000 {inclusive of conveyance}

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