India's multiple National Film award winning music composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan has launched an online music academy, available on www.shankarmahadevanacademy.com.
Mahadevan has tied up with Clood On, a provider of virtual learning software, for this project to provide step-by-step training to students of all age groups living in the US.
"I noticed that in Indian classical music, the teaching methods are very unstructured. You cannot put it down in points anywhere. Whereas, if you go to Berkeley College of Music or Juilliard School just to learn the trumpet, for example, everything is structured," said Mahadevan.
Apart from the theory lessons, Mahadevan has also roped in teachers to take live classes online. "We are replicating two aspects of any form of learning when you go to a college: you have a textbook and you have a teacher standing in front of you. We have created a textbook OM (Online Music) Book, which can be accessible all the time, plus classes with a teacher are scheduled at a specific time so that you can virtually interact with her," he said.
The academy offers courses in Hindustani as well as Carnatic music. Each course lasts 12 weeks, and costs $240 as an introductory offer. Starting April, the course fee will be $300. The first batch of classes will begin on Mahadevan’s birthday, March 3.