Frequently Asked Questions
Sri. K. Sathyanarayanan
1. Do you take classes?
A. Yes, KBS Inculcation is my initiative where I mentor students all around the world. Trainers and student trainers at various levels guide learners. The student's learning and progress are monitored by me through forms updated by the trainers and trainees after every session. We offer classes for Carnatic Music on Keyboard and Vocal.
2. Where are the classes conducted?
A. We are based in Chennai, India. We have adapted the training to a fully online mode for all students, even those residing in Chennai. The sessions are conducted on Google Meet.
3. What is the curriculum?
A. The earning begins with the traditional syllabus of Sarali Varisai-s, Janta Varisai-s and so on. However, the content has been adapted and to suite the handling for keyboard and vocal music. As a student progresses in the learning process, she/he increases their repertoire and finer nuances of the artform. Students are initiated only from the basics even if the student has past experience on keyboard/vocal in Carnatic Music. This is to maintain a standardized technique and understand the style (technique and musical understanding) of handling the instrument and music.
4. What keyboard should I buy to start my learning?
A. Any model having a pitch bender is a good equipment to start. It facilitates to understand the concepts of fingering techniques and Gamaka-s using the pitch bender at a beginner level. As you progress, a professional keyboard will be required to hand more nuances of the art. If a student already owns a keyboard with the pitch bender, they can learn basic lessons using this instrument.
5. What is the class duration and is it solo or group class?
A. Duration of our classes is 25 to 35 minutes. Sessions are conducted one on one. We suggest taking 2 sessions a week with at least a two-day gap for practicing. Fee structure will be discussed over a call with the coordinator.
6. Is it a course oriented method and is there a provision for the student to directly take higher levels of syllabus?
A. Any artform is a universe by itself. Each one has the possibility to explore it at their own pace. The syllabus of Carnatic music on keyboard has been specially curated keeping in mind the unique facets of Carnatic music and its application on keyboard and voice. We advise the student to go through a methodical learning process and we do not skip any portion of the syllabus as each step of the process is required to get the understanding and becomes the basis for the next step. Only after complete understanding and ability to achieve the required proficiency, the student proceeds to the next step.
7. Performances, competitions and other opportunities for the student.. ?
A. I believe that the learning process should not be driven by the goal of solely performance or display. However, after reaching a level of proficiency, students are identified and encouraged to appear for select competitions and performances. It is mandatory for the student to take permission and guidance from the institution before appearing for any competition/ event/ performance featuring Carnatic Music on Keyboard. Until required proficiency is attained, students are suggested to focus on the learning process only.
8. I am interested in joining. What is the next step?
A. We request you to send us an email expressing your willingness to learn, post which we shall be sharing our whatsapp details for you to reach us personally. After a personal interaction with the coordinator, we can take things forward.
We also have an active forum for non-musical activities for students and their families to engage and encourage other talents and skills of their peers. Exclusive access is granted for these activities for students of KBSI.
Reach out and contact us to embark on your musical journey with KBS Inculcation :)