On August 14, Lower Parel-based True School of Music (TSM) will organise a Try-Outs evening at Blue Frog, where anyone from amateur musicians to absolute beginners can pickup one of the instruments provided, play before a panel of judges, and also jam with other participants. At the end of the try-out, 10 selected winners will be offered free music lessons for a month at TSM, a formal school for contemporary music that will be launched on September 16.
“The aim of True School’s foundation programme is to create a community of people who can play and enjoy music. The try-out will be a great way to introduce people to the school,” says Ashutosh Pathak, a music composer and producer, who is the co-founder of TSM with audio engineer Nitin Chandy.
TSM, which has been founded in partnership with New York’s prestigious Manhattan School of Music, will offer a range of courses in two departments. The first course, Professional School, is for those with two to five years of learning in music. It offers certificate programmes in music production, sound engineering, DJing, vocals as well as instruments such as the guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. The second one, called, Foundation School, has beginner-level courses in a set of western and Indian instruments, and vocals. The curriculum of the western music courses has been designed by experts from around the world, while the faculty has been drawn from the Manhattan School.
The Indian music courses have been designed by Mumbai-based tabla player Aneesh Pradhan and vocalist Shubha Mudgal. “Most musicians emerging in the city have learnt on their own, so we felt the need for a formal, vocational school that can help people make music a viable career option,” says Pathak. “The focus will also be on ensemble playing, so that students feel confident playing in a band.” Before TSM begins classes, it will host a series of open-mic evenings from September 1 to 12, where enthusiasts will get more opportunities to try out instruments for free.