It was informative and also enlightening. Pushed boundaries and opened up an endless canvas and immense possibilities for creating and learning.- Aparna Vijayan, Workshop attendee
The Masterclass covered a diverse range of topics, targeting both the musicians and the audience. It also answered practical questions related to all levels, including beginners which I found very helpful. The anecdotes Aruna ma'am shared taught me the struggles one faces as they grow as a performer and how to consistently practice and improve to overcome these struggles.- Mythreye Venkatesan, Workshop attendee
Other electronic keyed instruments that pianists may use include:
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.
Yes! We have piano classes for beginners that will start you off with the basics. Age no bar. Knowing music is not a prerequisite. In fact, for those who do not have musical experience, key instruments are a perfect place to start as placement of notes is fixed. See how you can improve your piano playing skills.
The curriculum of the piano classes includes both theoretical and practical elements of Western music, in general and the piano, in specific. At SaPa, we start off by teaching you Western notation, basic notes, scales, chords, arpeggios, fingering techniques, and, ultimately, songs - in a structured manner and at a pace that suits you.
Classes for piano and keyboard for beginners might be similar at first. As you progress, while the keyboard will use the left hand primarily for chords, the piano will involve playing notes on the left and right hand independently and together. Also, since the piano typically has more keys, the songs you can play on it will be different from that of a keyboard. If you like group performances, the keyboard is a good instrument to learn while the piano can be played solo on stage.
Basic songs are part of the beginners’ curriculum, so you can pick it up within a few months. Of course, this will depend on how long you practise.
Yes, you can! SaPa’s syllabus ensures that you get solid fundamentals first, and progress systematically towards more complex pieces. And, of course, you must practise regularly; then, give wings to your dreams of playing pieces by Beethoven and Mozart.
You can start learning on a keyboard; however, we would advise that you quickly graduate to a piano or digital piano with weighted keys, as the keys of a piano are heavier and it would help to adapt to pressing harder sooner than later. Also, the sound of a piano is different. Training your ear early on is also a good idea.
Once we learn your preferences based on your interaction with our expert, we will be in a better position to judge the right educator for you. So, we will allocate an educator for you. You don’t have to worry as all our educators are well-qualified, experienced, and friendly. :)
Absolutely! It would also depend upon whether the song is at the level of your learning. But, do request your educator and play away!
Performances are of different levels. You can perform basic songs within classes and small functions in, say, a few months. If you are looking at performing in front of a larger audience on a bigger stage, it would depend upon your hours of practice. Give it a year and see your progress. If you would like to do this professionally, a lifetime would probably be ideal!
Must seem hard to envision but classes were going on online throughout the pandemic! And students and teachers had a great time learning! Tune in to SaPa’s Facebook page to see our students in action. All thanks to SaPa’s teachers who ensure that students ‘enjoy while they learn’ - SaPa’s vision of music.
Once you have signed up for the course, a SaPa representative will reach out to you, after which the classes will be scheduled by SaPa on platforms like zoom or skype.
Currently, we have both online and offline classes going on. Some classes have shifted to our physical centres. Please get in touch with our expert to find out how you can learn the piano.
If it is for an emergency, SaPa’s educators will definitely accommodate requests to reschedule classes. If possible, do inform your teacher a little in advance, say, 24 hours.
As soon as you are able to move your fingers! Some children play the piano from the age of 3. Whenever you feel like learning is the best time! We have a curriculum that matches age-appropriate learning goals. Contact our expert and see how piano classes can work best for you.
Yes. Don’t worry, it goes along with the territory of a performer. Our educators are themselves performers, and so, can offer you practical tips and exercises to overcome stage fright. We also teach you how to place a mike, how to have stage presence and connect with your audience while playing, and many more technicalities that go into a performance. We will help prepare you completely to handle the multiple aspects of a performance!