With so many bands and musicians coming up and making a mark on the national music circuit within a short period of time, there must be something that the Northeast is doing right. No doubt, the passion and talent in the region cannot be ruled out, but we also cannot ignore the reputed music schools in the Northeast that are offering students certificate courses to kickstart their musical journey with a strong foundation. If you are really looking to pursue music seriously, you should be aware of these music schools that can help you get your basics right –
Under the leadership of young Assamese musician and song writer Jim Ankan Deka, this school has made a name for itself with several branches in Bangalore and a branch on Rajgarh Road, Guwahati. They offer guitar, bass guitar, piano and keyboard classes. Students can sit for exams to earn certificates from Trinity Music School, London.
Address: House No 12, Apurba Sinha Path, Zoo Tinali, Guwahati
Phone: +91 7578013817
The school recently tied-up with ROCKSCHOOL UK, an International Rock Music Exam Board and so they have newly introduced rock music classes for those interested in rock music and all its genres. Apart from rock music classes, they also give lessons in classical and rock guitar, bass guitar, violin, keyboards and drums.
Address: Springside, Jingkieng Nongthymmai, Shillong
Phone: + 91 8974007168
This is the only school in Mizoram that offers lessons in acoustic piano. The teachers are all certificate holders from Trinity Guild Hall, London and have completed Grade 8 practicals in music performance.
Address: Zo-Mawi ‘Beth Shalom’ House No VB-87, Zotlang, Aizawl, Mizoram
Phone: + 91 97743 95926
Nagaland is slowly becoming a hub of musicians in the Northeast, so undoubtedly music schools have had an impact on the music scene in the State. The Note Grid School of Music offers Trinity Guildhall graded music exam syllabuses for the instruments under the classical department, and the Rockschool, UK music exam syllabuses for the instruments under rock department.
Address: DC Ct Rd, Hill View Colony, Dimapur, Nagaland
Imphal School of Music:
This is the only private classical western music school run by certified local teachers under TRINITY and ABRSM London. The school is currently operating in a rented two room set-up at Singjamei. The institute is soon opening up its unit at Uripok in a four to five room set-up. The school offers lessons in guitar, violin, keyboard and drums.
Address: Singjamei, Opposite Supermarket, Imphal
It is one of the oldest institutions that offer courses on DJing. There is a Basic DJ course, Pro DJ Course and Advanced DJ course which lasts for 20, 30 and 40 sessions respectively. There are also many advanced courses perfect for those who are actively involved in DJing. There is also an EMP course where they teach you about the key elements of EDM tune, editing samples, building kits, electronic drum sounds, programming sounds and quantizing techniques. It was established in the year 2009 by Debashish Barua also known as DJ Brahmin and Rahul Boro known as BoDo in the music scene.
Address: House No. 3 Opp. Saraighat Housing Complex, Borsojai, Bhetapara, Guwahati Phone: + 91 78968 28670
Where To Get a Music Degree?
The Department of Music at Sikkim University offers two courses in music: a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Performing Arts. The syllabus includes both Indian and Western music.
Address: 6 Mile, Samdur, Gangtok
Phone: 0359 – 2231060
S D Burman Memorial Govt Music College:
Tripura has always had a special connect with music. Even in national reality shows on music, the Northeast has mostly been represented by talented singers from Tripura. This college is well-known among the music fraternity because it provides quality music education to aspiring musicians. They offer courses on tabla, Rabindra Sangeet, vocals and various other instruments.
Address: Lichubagan, Agartala, Tripura
Phone: 0381 – 2411011
Words: Jadeed Hussain