Music Methodology at SaPa

“Art is that which transcends technique”– Dr. L. Subramaniam

Dr. Subramaniam stresses that elements of Carnatic music can be used and adapted to performing almost any kind of music from around the world. The precision of the technique and the complexity of the melodic and rhythmic structures of Carnatic music can serve as a foundation or an addition for any musician.

The SaPa Method focuses on strengthening the fundamentals of music, including the basics of melody and rhythm. For this, we use a holistic approach – in addition to the regular classes, we have rhythm exercises, group playing, music theory lectures, music appreciation sessions, practice aides, student performances and special workshops by visiting artistes on global music. Apart from the regular classes, students also benefit from mentoring sessions to hone their skills.

The SaPa Method places special emphasis on technique – once a student has a strong foundation, then he/she will be able to easily sing or play any piece. In addition to compositions, students are taught specially created technical exercises to suit learning at each level.

Special methods of teaching are employed to teach Indian classical music to children ages three and up, and to teach elements of Indian music to musicians from other disciplines.

The teaching methods have been developed by Dr. Subramaniam over several years of his personal experience as a performer, teacher and composer. His father and guru, the illustrious violinist and professor, V. Lakshminarayana was responsible for introducing masterful and innovative techniques for violin playing and he also created new teaching methods.

Prof. V. Lakshminarayana comes from the guru-shishya (teacher-student) lineage that goes back to the three great composers of South Indian classical music – Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shastry.


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