David Chase of Symphony Academy tells us there is no wanting for students who want to master music
As one enters the Symphony Academy of Music in Trimulgherry the first thing that hits you is the arsenal of instruments all around the room. Guitars hanging over the shelf, students honing their skills at chords or on the keyboards.David Chase an energetic and passionate music teacher comments on the enthusiasm of the people in the city who want to learn music. “Every student who comes to the institute aspires of being a musician, they usually idolise Jimi Hendrix and want to play like him,” he says.
“But unfortunately everyone has to start from a beginners level, that is when they actually learn and lament about the hard work and the commitment which goes into learning music. To each there is his own learning pace, some pick up two months in to the course some a bit further ahead but once they are confident of their skills they are free to play any song of their choice or even compose a few tunes of their own,” he adds.
This institute which has over 500 students from all over the twin cities caters not only to guitar and keyboard enthusiasts but also the drums and rhythm pads are taught to the students by means of an extensive eight-grade syllabus. The director says, “By the time the students hit the fourth grade they can start listening to songs and play music on their own. To help gauge their progress we have exams and jam sessions too. Students are initially taught the chords and then progress to playing rhymes after which we introduce the chords to them.”
On asking him about the most preferred genre of music he tells us, “Students like listening to Linkin Park, Eagles and other such bands. Everyone who wants to learn music has this certain apprehension of playing like their idols but music is very extensive as it takes time and patience.”
Students mostly prefer learning the guitar and the keyboard. Even the parents don’t mind the children learning these instruments as they are quite affordable and can be practiced at home without any hassles, informs David. And their most preferred song has to be Hotel California.