BRM presents a variety of educational offerings as a way for general audiences to begin exploring the music of South Asia and America.
Given the urgency for real and lasting change, we at Brooklyn Raga Massive believe that we must leverage our art and voices to begin dismantling the privileges we benefit from. We are proud therefore to announce our Social Justice Series. This series of concerts, events, and activities strives to platform the voices of artisan communities and share valuable resources on how to be better allies through decolonized art and critical activism.
BRM now offers a clinical application of mindfulness techniques in music therapy course that is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapist (CBMT) for 3 CMTE credits.
In this virtual on-demand course taught by Aaron Shragge, MA, MT-BC, LCAT and Eric Fraser, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, participants will identify mindfulness practices as they are applied to clinical situations in music therapy; will develop tools to improve the therapeutic relationship by being fully present and authentic while understanding the contra-indications of music centered mindfulness work; will apply unique tunings from the tradition of Indian classical music, as well as how raga scales can be used modally for mindfulness based on clinical improvisation and composition; will also develop active listening skills to hear subtleties in harmonic tuning and practice employing mindfulness and relaxation techniques to accessible and clinically relevant music making.
Raga Kids exposes our youngest raga enthusiasts to the sounds of Indian classical instruments such as the sitar and the tabla, along with instruments they may already know like the guitar and violin. Through multilingual sing-alongs, students learn about raga music and train their ears to embrace this non-Western form. Led by Brooklyn based music educators and performers Sameer Gupta (tabla), Trina Basu (violin) and Neel Murgai (sitar), Raga Kids is a unique offering and an incredible way to begin exploring the music of India and America!
Raga Kids is geared towards children ages 3 months – 5 years old. In our classes, children get the opportunity to listen to Indian Classical instruments like Sitar and Tabla, learn about Indian music, and sing songs based in ragas and tals. Raga Kids explore folk songs from around the world and the children engage in singing, interactive movement and musical play. Fun for kids of all ages and nationalities.
BRM has a history of facilitating internal master classes for our ensemble musicians featuring guest instructors like Grammy Award-Winner T.H Vikku Vinayakaram and other iconic leaders in the field. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we built on this foundation by launching a public-facing virtual initiative, BRM Masterclass Series, which offers two classes each week for musicians and non-musicians alike. To date, highlights include a course on the South Indian Rhythmic concept of Konokol led by legendary percussionist Selvaganesh, directions in modal music by jazz legend Marc Cary, Afro-Cuban vocal therapy by Melvis Santa, and a five-session course called Structures & Disciplines of Raga Music with instructor Samarth Nagarkar. We plan to continue these classes in the future, both online and for live audiences.View Masterclass Recordings on Youtube