Carnatic or South Indian classical music is the oldest form of music in India, and has its roots in the Vedas. It is the basis for all classical and semi-classical styles of music in India, and is a complete system of music with seventy-two melakarta ragas (or parent scales), millions of derived scales, and the one hundred and seventy five basic talas. A strong foundation in Carnatic music also makes it possible for students to understand and absorb different styles of music from around the world. The SaPa Method teaches traditional music in a revolutionary way, with great focus on technique and foundation, and has developed special and unique learning material.
The SaPa Baby program teaches Indian classical music to children ages three and up. The SaPa Baby method teaches in a fun and engaging way, so young children learn to love music. Recent studies on early child development have shown that a great deal of brain development occurs by the age of six and there is a great amount of learning that children do before that age. At such a young age, children are able to listen, repeat and absorb quickly. Increased exposure to Indian classical music increases children’s level of appreciation of it. Students of the SaPa Baby Program are taught in a special child friendly environment, and given special learning materials including the SaPa Baby kit.
SaPa offers two courses for International students coming from varied musical backgrounds:
Introduction to Carnatic Music – This six week certificate program offers an introduction to Carnatic or South Indian Classical music for professional musicians and advanced students from varied musical backgrounds. The program includes instrumental, vocal and percussive components.
Indian Concepts for Global Music - A six week certified program, Indian Concepts for Global Music is designed for improvisers and composers of different music backgrounds to learn Indian melodic and rhythmic concepts that can be applied to their own music.
International Students who wish to study at SaPa for a longer period of time, can contact us to discuss possibilities. Masterclasses are also selectively offered
SaPa Online teaches Carnatic music to a select number of students living in different parts of the world. Students of SaPa Online are provided with the same learning materials as students studying at the Academy. Weekly classes are taught through video conferencing. Online classes are best supplemented with occasional intensive contact classes at the Academy.
SaPa Western Classical trains students to learn western classical music and appear for examinations conducted by the Trinity College of Music and the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music . Emphasis is placed on development of correct and sound technique.
SaPa Bhajans is a six week course that teaches devotional music. Each week, students will be provided with learning material and learn bhajans dedicated to different deities in the Hindu pantheon.
Tanjore Painting is an ancient art form that dates back to 1600 and uses gold leaf and semi-precious stones. A course consists of nine sessions of two and a half hours each, and at the end of the course, students will be given their completed painting.
Special yoga sessions are offered at SaPa, to focus on correct posture and breathing for musicians as well as holistic well-being.
SaPa Mentoring sessions are regular interactions between SaPa students and senior teachers designed to track progress, clear doubts and motivate students. Mentoring sessions supplement regular lessons and encourage students to interact with one another.
SaPa Fastrack is a twelve week intensive course for South Indian classical violin students who have learnt at SaPa for at least 18 months. FastTrack is for extremely motivated students who want to push their music to the next level. In order to be eligible for FastTrack, students must be nominated by their teachers.
SaPa Junior is a six week program for young music enthusiasts who are considered too young for traditional music theory. SaPa Junior combines music appreciation, composition, songwriting and international music exposure to develop open-mindedness and all-round development.