BRM presents a variety of educational offerings as a way for general audiences to begin exploring the music of South Asia and America.
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.