Students pursue structured progressive system to gain understanding and technical facility to play the Piano. The course carefully covers all aspects of playing the piano including Scales & Arpeggios, Sight Reading, Ear Training, etc. The genres of music include European Classical, Jazz, Rock and even Bollywood music.
Students gain a command over various aspects of playing the acoustic and electric guitars. The music is mostly Blues, Rock and Jazz. Regular concerts hosted by the Academy provide crucial performance platform that is at the heart of playing this very popular instrument.
Rhythm section builds the foundation for any band to build upon. Students learning drums master their rudiments and gain technical command over different styles of music such as Rock, Pop, Jazz, Reggae, etc. Drummers collaborate with other musicians regularly to form ensembles at the Academy.
Students pursuing vocals study various styles of western music including Classical, Rock, Pop, Jazz and even selections from Broadway Musicals. The students regularly perform with classical ensembles, choirs and rock bands at concerts hosted by the Academy.
Although similar to the piano, keyboards involve learning many other techniques that are unique to the performance on Keyboards such as pitch bend, glissandos, comping, etc. The genre of music taught is mostly Rock, Pop and Jazz with improvisation and use of various sound engines being at the heart of it.
About Ritesh Khokhar
Ritesh is one of the finest musician and music educator to hail from the capital city of New Delhi. He performed extensively with many Rock and Jazz bands in the 90s including Nirvana, Bluefunk and Bandish. He studied Piano and Theory of Music at Delhi School of Music where he was appointed as the first faculty for Electronic Keyboards in 2001. His passion for Jazz earned him a scholarship from Berklee College of Music in 2000. With 2 decades of performance and 15 years of teaching behind him, Ritesh claims to have learnt as much from his students as from his teachers!
As a pianist he has performed as an accompanist with some of the leading sopranos and tenors in the city. He gave a solo recital at the German Embassy in New Delhi and also performed with the Indian National Youth Orchestra under the baton of Mr. Vijay Upadhyaya in 2011. He had the honour to perform with the Ao Church Choir for the President of India in 2013 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
His 5 years of research into the Hungarian music education system enabled him to author the first series of music textbooks for public schools in India titled “Bridge to Music” in 2010. Apart from heading the Bridge Music Academy, Ritesh currently represents ROLAND as their Brand Ambassador and works as an Academic Consultant for Music with Trinity College London.
About Sochipem Kashak
Sochipem Kashak is one of the leading musicians from the north-east, India. He is a gifted singer, songwriter, guitarist and a music teacher. His passion for music was traced back to his early age when he was aged 5, since then, he has never stopped singing and playing instruments. He did his grade 8 from Trinity College London, top the exam from all India. He is the founder member of a Christian band “THE EPISTLES”.
For his contributions to music, he has done two 2 years of training on teaching music and composition organized by Carnegie Hall, New York 2008 – 2009, also attended training program at Carnegie Hall, New York in 2009 for the same. He has been teaching western music (vocal and instruments) in Delhi Public School – Dwarka since 2007 and joined Bridge Music Academy as faculty member in 2010. He was known for his love and care for the children.
About Vishal Mehta
Vishal is an exceptionally talented drummer among the current generation of musicians in Delhi/NCR. He has been a part of Bridge Music Academy right from the start and has nurtured many aspiring drummers to realise their dreams. Though primarily self-taught for the larger part of my formative years, he was fortunate to cross paths with the talented drummer Ashwani Verma (Euphoria), who was generous enough to share his knowledge of the instrument and his understanding of music with me. He completed his Grade 8 is Drums is now pursuing performance diploma from Trinity College London.
He has been performing professionally since 2005 and has performed with many reputed artists/bands including Groove Adda, Crimson, Jazz Collective, Farhan Akhtar, Rockveda, Ali Zafar (Pakistan Coke Studio) among others. Apart from teaching at the Academy, he performs regularly with his own band ‘Harquatt’.
About Siddharth Sharma
Siddharth Sharma is a music producer, engineer and composer based in New Delhi with a higher national diploma in sound production from Adam Smith College, Scotland, UK. He also holds a degree in multimedia and is certified professional for ProTools (the most widely used digital audio workstation for music and post production). He is trained in advanced recording, mising and mastering techniques for film and music.
He is currently working as a freelance engineer/producer and has worked on various projects in India and UK producing bands such as Felix Champion, Monsters on Movie Poster, Frequency along with background score for 2 documentary films for PGIMER (Chandigarh).
Also a gifted and highly trained guitar player, Siddharth is composing and producing for his electronic music project “Stereo Buddha”, which launched their debut album ‘Evaporate’ in 2013 are a working on their 2nd album now. He has performed at various music festivals in in England, Russia and most of South East Asia.
About Vignesh Iyer
Vignesh Iyer, originally from the city of Mumbai is a diploma holder from the Swarnabhoomi Academy Of Music and is now pursuing his musical career in New Delhi. The 25 year old accomplished guitar player was awarded a certificate for ‘Outstanding Potential’ by the end of his stay at the institution. He is currently studying and exploring the vast world of Jazz. He has had vast previous experience playing with a number of bands as a sessions player. His expertise also extends to being a steady musical mind in a high pressure studio recording environment.
Vignesh Iyer has been educated in classical guitar by the extremely well renowned Mr.Ashley Quiney and Jazz has bestowed him with mentors such as Rubens De La Corte, Jake Hertzog, Pawan Benjamin and Jacob Damelin. His dedication to the study of music has equipped him technically, theoretically and from a human perspective to understand and impart musical education to students across all age groups and levels. He has been a teacher for close to half a decade now and prides himself on the ability to teach a number of styles ranging from Rock, Pop, Blues, Classical or Jazz. He is a stickler for teaching music the right way and ensures that the fundamentals of music once taught are permanently ingrained within the student, thereby creating a strong foundation for further pursuits.
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