SaPa in Schools
Music is the lens through which we view culture. – Bindu Subramaniam, Dean, SaPa
The Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts has developed a special syllabus to teach Indian classical music as part of curriculum in schools from Nursery (age 3) to Standard X. Indian classical music is one of the oldest and most systematic styles of music, and can be used as a base for learning and understanding almost every style of music around the world. The Syllabus also provides a Global Music component which exposes children to different styles of music from around the world including Western Classical music, African music, Flamenco and Jazz.
The SaPa in Schools syllabus is distinct from the rigorous syllabus taught at the Academy and is designed to interest students in classical music, present performances, develop music appreciation and create a strong foundation. The SaPa Method highlights the importance of teaching children face to face, and provides activity based learning within a classroom environment.
The Advantages of Learning Music
Learning music has a number of advantages, including aiding brain development and improving cognitive function in children. For more information on research in this area, here is an academic paper written by Dean Bindu Subramaniam.
Many schools offer music as a co-curricular activity as part of the school week, but these classes are often entirely teacher dependent and unsystematic, and there is no process of evaluation. It is difficult to impart music education of value to students, and there is very little musical development. There is a need for a structured, systematic syllabus, and a method to engage the interest of children. Furthermore, in today’s global environment, it is important for children to understand their roots, but also develop a world view and greater cultural understanding.
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