Have you found teaching online more effective when it comes to teaching music?
During the lockdown, our students have taken to riyaz. It is very surprising as they are better prepared for classes now than before the lockdown. We asked them the reason, and they replied that practicing music keeps them focused. They love doing their riyaz and prepare for the class as it gives them peace of mind. They do not feel the need to be constantly around gadgets to feel relaxed.
People who seriously pursue any kind of art form are very lucky, as we do not have to fall upon any kind of stock entertainment or constant gaming or surfing social media. We have our art form to go back to, which is important for the kids today. Many interesting things are happening around us. Our aim is not to breed musicians. We aim to create people who understand and appreciate music, be able to use music to heal and see it as something that can be their partner in real life.
We recently held a virtual-concert, Bulandiyaan to raise funds for underprivileged kids and touch as many hearts with music as possible. The idea was not in our yearly schedule, and it came about as an idea for an annual concert. It is an exciting concept as the students get to perform individually and it is for a good cause. The students managed to communicate well over the virtual platform in preparation for the concert. They were using screen share and WhatsApp to share ideas and plans, and we believe they made more progress than us when it came to working over the online platforms.
What’s next for The Sound Space?
We are working towards bringing music to the underprivileged. We work with lots of NGOs like Jai Vakeel, SevaSadan and Akanksha Foundation, where we talk about and promote music and the positive effects it can have on their mind and body. A lot of the people we have interacted with are experiencing it through our teachers and trainers. The future is definitely to bring music to more people and promote Indian music. It is something so priceless and we want to share it with the world as much as possible.
We are still working on our marketing, so for now, the organisations reach out to us and we have managed to have a long-lasting relationship with them. We do not believe in the bulk system and want to truly affect each individual student. Each person is important. Even if we are teaching 100 students, every student is important.