Music is one art that has so many benefits for a child that it's something all parents must look at as a first formal structured activity for a child. It's a pity that the city has very few Foundations and schools that teach music in the right way and can accommodate your child. Kidsstoppress shares the popular music schools in Mumbai that should be an integral part of your child's growing years. Many debate and a few parents share why music schools are better than private tutors.
"I think the schools give far more discipline and focus than a regular at-home class. Music schools also give much more access to people who don't know how to find good teachers, as you assume that teachers have been selected carefully and that each child's progress is monitored."
Budding musicians add that the schools also offer a community and shared resources-like a library or performance space-for what can otherwise be a very lonely pursuit.
Watch our exclusive chat with The Sound Space Team on music for kids in India.
1. Mehil Mehta Music Foundation
The MMMF is a foundation that promotes western classical music through the presentation of high quality concerts and music education for children. The education program starts with early music education at the age of 18 months and moves on to choirs and the teaching of instruments.
These include Discover Music, Singing Tree Choir, Instrument Classes, Classes for children from underprivileged backgrounds, Outreach, Master Classes/Workshops, Visiting Faculty, Music Theory. Mehil Mehta Foundation is one of the most sought after institutes in the city. Their programmes of Discover Music for toddlers to individual sessions for instruments are both popular. The institute encourages international exposure, exposure to concerts and exclusives of behind the scenes with the players of various orchestras. What makes Mehli Mehta a preferred school in the city is it's faculty, the approach and honesty with which they work with each student and an all rounded exposure for your child. In a way it's the only school in the city who can be termed as a foundation for music.
Address: B/2 Banoo Mansions, Cumballa Hill Road, Mumbai – 400026.
Contact: +91 22 23823644 / 23801379
2. Furtados School of Music
Founded in July 2011, Furtados School Of Music provides music education to children from age 4 onwards which is a unique opportunity to start learning the language of music as well as instruments. Using animation creatively, the program incorporates a “teach, practice, apply” methodology and ensures children take part in engaging lessons, activities and games making the entire learning experience an exhilarating musical journey. The school has different programs including one for Parents with their toddlers.
Nepeansea Road: 11A, 14 L.D.Ruparel Marg, Opposite Jeevan Apartments, Napeansea Road, Mum – 06
Contact: +91 22 66155151 /66151212 / 9769137884
Khar: 49, Fern Villa, Next to Quantum Park Society, 52 Union Park, Khar (West), Mum – 48
Contact: +91 22 65581212 /65581515 / 9820953536
Chembur: C/O, Learning Curve, Garden Apartment, Next to Standard Chartered Bank, Nr. Diamond Garden, Chembur, Mum-71
Powai: C/O Vivero International, Hiranandani Gardens, Panchkoti Bus Stop, Opposite Delfy Building, Mum – 76
The NCPA has various programs for children who are keen on learning various instruments including the piano and violin. One could pursue an individual or group session. Exposure to the arts at a young age will lay the foundation for a culture of understanding and appreciation that will hopefully last a lifetime. The programme offers a holistic music education that is inspired by the Russian Conservatoire method. Students receive substantial one-to-one tuition on their primary instrument, second-study piano lessons, group-singing teaching via the Solfeggio method, Music Theory classes and History of Music lectures. Apart from the string instruments and piano, the Programme currently offers lessons on select woodwind and brass instruments, with hopes to considerably expand in the near future. They have a wealth of international teaching and performing experience between them and each one of them is a member of the Symphony Orchestra of India and performs in the orchestral and chamber music performances. The NCPA's music programmes ranges from the basic violin teaching school to the advanced eight-year course taught by Russian-trained teachers, for which applicants and their parents must audition too. It is an expensive programme with a lot of commitment.
4. Mumbai Music Institute
Mumbai Music Institute approaches the lessons in the most contemporary manner possible. During the lessons you will have a series of videos that will depict descriptions of musical, synthesis and DAW techniques .Depending on the style you choose, you will have to indulge in the research and analysis that will help you hone your listening skills, and also give you an insight into the changing technology along with the evolving tastes and preferences of your audience.
Address: Audio Garage Studio, House No. G/78, Alfred Creado Road, Opp Chand Society, Next To Venus Cassette Company, Close to Iskon temple, Juhu, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai-400049., Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400049
Contact: +91 9167710653 / 54
5. Guitar Hall
Guitar Hall – The Guitar Academy was founded in 1998. The academy mainly has courses in Guitars, Keyboard & Drums. They also give the option of home lessons. From Top notch training, highly skilled teachers to having a wide spectrum of guitars for sale at their boutique, Guitar Hall has evolved in a decade into a one-stop hub for the guitar oriented, be it the beginner-student, the tutors or the guitar virtuoso.
Chembur: B-7,GurudevApartments,R.C. Marg, Chemburnaka,near Akbarallys, Chembur ,Mumbai-71., Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400071
Santacruz: Shop No. 9, Tirupati Plaza, Opposite FabIndia, Next to Bawree Sarees, S.V. Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai-400054)
Powai: 365, Psalms Music School,Powai Plaza, Hiranandani Gardens,Opposite Pizza Hut, Powai, Mumbai – 400076
Contact: +91 9820428423 / +91 9833518423
6. Schuberts Guitar Classes
Schubert’s Guitar Classes is a music practicum dedicated to introducing aspiring students / enthusiasts to the international language of music through the medium of the Spanish guitar, which is one of the most popular instruments of modern times. Schubert’s Guitar Classes has been in existence for over 30 years. The approach to study the Spanish guitar will be through the Western style of sulfa’s (Do Re Me) or staff notations. This style is acclaimed and introduced in almost all parts of Europe, Asia & the US.
Address: L-4/27, Brindavan Colony, Tilak Nagar, Chembur, Mumbai 400089
Contact: (022) 2527-5313 / (91) 9821862670 / (91) 9820662415
7. True School of Music
The True School of Music endeavors to be at the vanguard of providing music education of the highest caliber. This school helps students take the initial steps or continue their journey to higher levels in the music industry with the Foundation and Pro School. They have international faculty from Manhattan School of Music, for its professional program, international DJs and sound engineering and music production courses which are authored by The Academy of Contemporary Music, UK. The True School will be offering a programme in Indian classical music, designed by acclaimed musicians Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan.
8. Music Together
It is an internationally recognized music and movement approach to early childhood music development. It caters to children upto the age of 5.The music curriculum was formulated at the Center for Music and Young Children (CMCY) in Princeton, New Jersey, emphasizes the involvement of the parent and sibling and child. This is a great beginners class for infants & toddlers. This is a great programme to start as a parent and child programme for infants and toddlers.
Colaba: Kiddies Nook, Avan Abad 4th floor, Walton Road, lane opp. Body Shop on Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Girgaum: Frequencee Gym Studio, The Plaza, 145, 1st floor, Hughes Road. Opp. Ghanasingh & Sons, Behind Dharam Palace, Mumbai 400007
Bandra: The Art Loft, Bandra West, 37, Waroda Road, Ground Floor, Off Hill Road, behind Stanislaus School, Bandra West, Mumbai 400050
Malabar Hill: Dev Darshan Annexe, Malabar Hill, same lane as Gold's Gym, Mumbai
Marine Drive: Body Art, Marine Dr, Jyoti Sadan, Ground Floor, Next to Hotel Intercontinental, Corner of 'A' Road, Marine Drive, Mumbai 400020
Prabhadevi: All Rounder, Jayant Sapphire building, Appasaheb marathe marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai 400025
Contact No: 916 724 1604
9. Little Ustaads
If you want your child to discover Indian Classical music from a very young age then Little Ustaad is an option you may want to consider. The 45 minute sessions teach music through rhythmic tunes, rich vocals, mini instruments and vibrant visuals.
Colaba: Alifia’s Creative Kids, Sea Croft, Ground Floor, 104 Wodehouse Road, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai – 400 005.
Malabar Hill: Children’s Nook School, Jai Bhavani Bldg., Ground Floor, Opp. Chandanbala, 3 R R Thakkar Marg, Malabar Hill, Mumbai- 400006
Worli: Toddler’s Activity Centre, Atur House, 3rd Floor, 87 Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli Naka, Mumbai- 400018
Bandra: Dimplescare, Park Avenue, 16th/29th Rd Junction, Near Pali Market, Bandra (west), Mumbai – 400050
Vile Parle: Kinder Budz, 501 Cello Plaza above Makwana Steel Arts Grasshopper Resturant Lane VP Road, Vile Parle (West)
Andheri:Lecole Montessori International, Unit 21 A/J, Laxmi Industrial Estate, Opp Fun Republic, Off New Link Road, Andheri West, Mumbai – 400053
Contact No: 24914141, 24914142 & 9987407237
10. The Music Gurukul
The Music Gurukul is the parent Institute that brings together Pro Guitar Academy (PGA), The Drum School (TDS), Violin & Strings Academy (VSA), The PGA Music Store and Piano Circle (PC). The music gurukul has skype lessons for long distance students.
Address:Plot No.68, Ground Floor,LaxmiBhawan, Sindhi Society, Near Swami Vivekanand High School, Mumbai, Maharashtra400071, India
Contact: +91 981975516 / 022 25229179
11. Theme Music Institute
The Theme Music Institute was started in 1989 and provides an end-to-end music learning programme that covers the Best Music Learning Models, course materials from the world's most renowned music publishers and Music Examinations by internationally recognized Music Examination Boards. The school has different courses like Early Childhood Music, Violins, Guitars, Pianos and Western Classical Vocals.
12. The Sound Space
The Sound Space was started by Kamakshi, Vishala & Harendra Khurana who have esteemed knowledge and passion for music. They have programs like Sound & Movement, Chanting Chakra Alignment, Working with cancer patients & Antenatal Package. The Sound Space also works with schools, teachers training and workshops. Shadaja is an event by The Sound Space where kids are given extensive training in Indian Classical Music.
Address: 403 Belmont. 37 D Nepeansea Road. Mumbai 400026
Contact: +91-9819517583 / +91-981927283
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13. Shankar Mahadevan Academy
This is an online music school. Courses run for up to 12 weeks, with new sessions starting throughout the year. Once enrolled, students receive an email with details on how to log in to a personalized student portal where they will find the materials and information they need to get started. Shankar Mahadevan Academy offers a broad range of courses, catering to various interests and abilities.
14. Vyas Sangeet Vidyalaya
Vyas Sangeet Vidyalaya was established in June 1937. The school was initially opened to spread the beauty of Indian Classical Music among masses of all over India by imparting lessons in classical music under “Gurukul System” and popularizing the classical music among all . They provide courses in Sita, Tabla, Harmonium,violin and Indian Classical Vocal. Recently to cope up with the liking of younger generation the school has started coaching for Guitar, Keyboard (Piano) along with Western staff notations.
Address: Room No. 5 & 6, 1st Floor, Bismillah Building, Opp Suvidah Shop, Ranade Road, Dadar (W)
Contact: +91 22 24383188 / +91 9820891288
15. Musical Bonding: Musical Bonding is a program for kids aged 6 months to 5 years. It is based on children's music and dance program that offers a series of parent/child sessions devoted to the physical, emotional and social development of children. The dancing movements help improve balance, coordination and other sensory stimuli while also reinforcing good social skills in a group play environment and uses of different musical instruments provide a positive musical experience for both parents and young children.