What you will learn with Carnatic flute classes

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  • Saralai varisai
  • Janti varisai
  • In-house compositions
  • Correct technique of phrasing, fingering, blowing, breathing
  • Nottuswarams
  • How to read Carnatic notation
  • Important terminologies of Carnatic music

Online textbooks available for purchase with the ‘Listen & Repeat’ and 'Playalong' recordings

More advanced Carnatic flute classes are available for advanced learners on request

Who can learn?

  • Anyone interested in learning a wind instrument
  • Anyone interested in Carnatic music

Join at any age! Complete beginners are most welcome!

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How does it work?

  1. Click on Book now.
  2. You will be directed to fill a form with your details. Please fill this and click on Submit. A SaPa educator will get in touch with you to schedule your first class.
  3. After understanding your requirements, our expert will recommend a suitable learning level for you/your child.
  4. Fix class timings that are suitable for you and attend your first class.
  5. Pay only if you like the first class. If you are satisfied, welcome to a rewarding journey towards becoming a Carnatic flute.

What our students are saying

I really like to learn songs quickly. I like that my teacher knows me really well and always makes sure I'm learning at a pace that keeps me excited. She makes sure to send me recordings and karaoke tracks so I can practise well during the week before my next class

- Aatmika, age 11, student

It's nice to see my daughter enjoying herself while also practising consistently. She gets individual attention and feedback from her teacher, which helps her.

- Nisha, SaPa Parent

Classical Music in India

Carnatic music has been one of two main forms of classical music in India. India used to have one common music system till the 13th century. It was after the invasions in the North brought in Arab and Persian influences that Hindustani music developed from the common system of music. In the meanwhile, the music that developed in the South of India along the original lines of the old Indian classical system was called Carnatic music.

Both these classical forms boast of rich histories, intriguing technical aspects, and accomplished singers and musicians who have made Indian music famous within and outside the country.

Interesting facts about the flute

  • A flute player is also called a flautist or flutist.
  • There are two types of flutes in India - the bansuri with six holes that is played in Hindustani music and the venu with eight holes that is played in Carnatic music.
  • The Western flute is different from the Carnatic flute. It is made of metal. Different types of Western flutes include piccolo, C flute, Eb Soprano flute, Alto flute, and Bass flute.
  • The flute has one of the highest pitches among wind instruments.
  • The Carnatic flute is held horizontally but some flutes like the Japanese bamboo flute are held vertically.
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Benefits of learning the Carnatic flute

  • Handy & inexpensive instrument
  • Improves posture
  • Exercises respiratory organs
  • Improves focus
  • Enhances body coordination
  • Develops sense of rhythm
  • Relieves stress

Why SaPa Music Classes?

  1. One-on-one classes - Benefit from individual sessions; learn at your own pace; clarify doubts; perfect learning
  2. Learn at any age - You’re never too old or too young to learn the flute
  3. Lessons by professional musicians - SaPa’s educators are teachers who also perform; dig into a wealth of experience
  4. Structured & standardised syllabus - In-house, customised textbooks with special technical exercises & exclusive tips to play the flute
  5. Flexible timings - Choose from a range of time slots
  6. Student showcase - Chance to showcase your performance to 3 lakh people through our social media pages
  7. Specialised Training - Certify, perform, learn - we’re there for you every step of the way!
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What do you need?

A Carnatic flute, metronome app or electronic tala meter, electronic tambura or tanpura app

About SaPa

SaPa, the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, started in 2007 is the home for great music and musicians. Guided by the vision of our founders, legendary musicians Dr. L. Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, and ably led by singer-songwriter Bindu Subramaniam and violinist Ambi Subramaniam, SaPa has a strong legacy of excellence in Carnatic and global music.

Here at SaPa, we believe in ‘learning through fun’. We have exciting, interactive elements in all our lessons, and ensure that students bring their musical vision to life while also having a great time.

I still have some more questions…

When we say flute, we refer to the 8-hole Carnatic flute made of bamboo. This is the ideal instrument for Carnatic flute beginners.

SaPa’s flute classes have been designed to teach this wind instrument to students of all ages and musical backgrounds in a systematic way that will perfect the basics. Our syllabus has been developed in-house and includes both theoretical and practical components of Indian classical music.

You will get a solid foundation in Carnatic music and also learn to read notations and symbols. You will learn the correct way to breathe, blow, phrase, and finger from the methodical approach to learning. Our textbooks also have audio material to help you perfect your practice outside class hours.

No, the registration is only for the classes; please purchase the textbooks here.

We would recommend using SaPa’s textbooks as they have been compiled by our in-house experts with great research and thought into what exercises and tips will help students. What is particularly unique about our books is that we have come out with customised textbooks for each instrument. So, a Carnatic flute book will differ from a Carnatic violin book as each instrument and type of music deserves its own special exercises and lessons keeping in mind the unique nuances involved.

Also, we have some in-house compositions and techniques and tips which will give you the benefit of decades of experience. So, do take advantage of these textbooks to maximise your learning. Welcome to a journey filled with learning and fun!

It is always good to listen to performances, try out different songs on your own, talk to other students learning the Carnatic flute, and, of course, there is no substitute to continuous and regular practice.

As we have a good idea of both our educators and your requirements based on our conversation with you, we will be able to match your requirements and assign you a suitable teacher for your flute live classes. You can rest assured that all our educators are skilled and passionate teachers!

We conduct our one-on-one classes online while our group classes (with small batch sizes of maximum five) are held at our centres at Sanjaynagar and Rajajinagar. Do get in touch with our expert to learn which option is available for Carnatic flute live classes.

We would like to add here that our students have enjoyed online flute classes immensely, thanks to SaPa's friendly and passionate educators. They ensured that students had fun while learning in keeping with SaPa's motto of 'enjoying while learning'.

Once you sign up for the Carnatic flute classes, we will connect you with the educator. Classes will then be scheduled at the time you selected on an online platform such as Zoom.

SaPa’s educators do make allowances for emergencies and reschedule the odd class. We would like to request that when possible, you reschedule the class 24 hours in advance. We would also recommend that you do your utmost to attend classes as scheduled to ensure continuity and discipline which will promote systematic learning.

Fortunately, no! You are never too young or too old to learn music. We currently have learners from older age groups as well.

While it does help to have learnt vocals before you learn an instrument, it is not a prerequisite. SaPa’s educators will give you a solid foundation that will enable you to learn the Carnatic flute systematically and thoroughly. You can also learn all about Carnatic flute and get properly introduced to it to give you a headstart before the class. :)

It really depends on what your goals are and also on the hours and quality of your practice. You can learn the beginner notes and some basic songs within a few months. However, It would require a few years to be stage-ready. And of course, a lifetime to be a great musician!

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