Students learning in temple
Build your Harmonium and Vocal Chanting skills by progressing through 6 Levels from Beginner to Advanced!
A clear and structured approach has been designed so students can get a firm grasp of both Vocals, as well as fluently playing the harmonium. This will prepare them to finally be able to lead chanting in public Temple satsangs.
It’s a hands-on course with various media being used to make the learning environment interesting and fun!
 
In-person and Online (If a student has an instrument at home) Classes available
Open to ALL AGES!
Class Duration: 45mins
Number of Classes Included: 15 Classes  – between Aug till Dec 2021 
Space is limited, so please enroll as soon as possible. 
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Sanjitha V , Vivek Mishra, Abhitha Batikeri, Aarushi Agarwal, Sreeya Kandel , Karun Puri , Shraavya Chittoor

A clear and structured approach has been designed over the years so students can get a firm grasp of both Vocals, as well as the Harmonium. Some of the key aspects of the course curriculum and student progression are below:
– Learn musical notes [both western, as well basic Indian classical sargams are taught]
– Master the identification and matching of Pitch
– Identify a scale based on your own vocal range
– Increase Vocal Clarity
– Learn the two-finger rule.
– Learn to perfect Harmonium Fingering
– Build muscle memory for your fingers
– Learn rhythm and beat using a metronome
– Learn how to pronounce bhajan words properly using a pronunciation guide
– Learn how to play without looking at the harmonium
– Learn to play with the Dholak and how to communicate with the Dholak player
– Learn chanting etiquette in a Satsang: how to repeat and lead
– Learn to play by just listening to a tune!

Class Duration: 45mins
Number of Classes Included: 15 between Aug till Dec 2021
Timings: In-Person – Sun 3 pm -3:45 pm in Temple premises
                   Online – Slots are available for various levels and we can also adjust online slots as per student and teacher availability though. Refer to Timings drop-down above.
 
Trial Class is available in the temple only on Sun between 3 to 3:45 pm in the month of Aug only. You can email at online.rickyg@gmail.com to schedule one.

Teachers

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 Profile 
 Teaching Level
 In-Person/Online

Shreeya Kandel

Shreeya is an active youth volunteer in Radha Govind Dham.

Beginner – Intermediate

Online

Karun PuriKarun_puri_pic

Karun is an active volunteer at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin where he has regularly led the Sunday community satsangs for the past several years. Originally a self-taught learner, Karun has also been trained by RMD Austin in vocals and harmonium. Aside from chanting, Karun also devotes a lot of his time doing decorations Seva at Radha Madhav Dham.

This year, Karun will be an undergraduate freshman student in Saint Louis University’s BS/MD program. Being far away from home for the first time, Karun greatly looks forward to strengthening his bhakti while teaching harmonium online!

Beginner – Intermediate

Online

Aarushi Agarwal

Aarushi is an active youth volunteer in Radha Govind Dham.

Beginner – Intermediate

In-Person

Vivek MishraVivek_pic

Vivek is a finance, operations, and risk management banking professional with a career that spans Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo, in the US and internationally. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is married to Roma – who is a professional artist and is also closely associated with Radha Govind Dham. 
Their son and daughter have both learned to play the harmonium and dholak, and do so during satsang and other devotional celebrations.

For Vivek, the harmonium is a blessing for his devotion, and the reason he is passionate to teach it to others who are interested. He says “the harmonium is so melodious that it beautifully enhances the feeling of devotion, and is an incredible accompaniment and support in the singing of kirtans and bhajans”.

Beginner – Intermediate

In-Person

Sanjitha VSanjitha_pic

Sanjitha is an active youth volunteer in Radha Govind Dham and teaching Harmonium in the temple since the beginning of Radha Govind Dham. She has been a selfless devotee who was also teaching online Harmonium during the tough times of Covid as a Seva to Temple. She is trained in  Radha Madhav Dham, Austin, and has 4 years of experience with Harmonium and Vocals.

Intermediate- Advanced

In-Person

Abhitha BatikeriAbhitha_pic

Abhitha is an active youth volunteer at Radha Govind Dham teaching harmonium remotely, as she is currently studying as an undergraduate student. She started learning harmonium from pracharaks and teachers at a young age in 2011 and began chanting kirtans at Radha Govind Dham in 2016. She has experience teaching various levels and age groups at both Radha Govind Dham and Radha Madhav Dham, Austin for 4 years.

As an aspiring devotee, she is extremely grateful to be given the seva of spreading the beauty of the divine, melodious compositions of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj and is very excited to work with all the students! 

Intermediate- Advanced

Online

Shraavya Chittoor

Shraavya is an active youth volunteer and lead Chanter in Radha Govind Dham and Radha Madhav Dham , Austin.

Intermediate- Advanced

Online

Important Information

Note:
Trial Class is available in the temple only on Sun between 3 to 3:45 pm in the month of Aug only. You can email at online.rickyg@gmail.com to schedule one.
The student will be assessed for the level they should belong to. Instruments would be provided while the in-person class in Temple.
For Online Classes, students must have an instrument at home or We can refer Amazon link for buying one.
 we are providing up to 2 make-up classes if a student or teacher is not available due to any unavoidable reason.
All 15 Classes must be concluded within this Year i.e till Dec 2021. No classes will carry forward to next year.
Space is limited, so please enroll as soon as possible.