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Academy's Policies & Guidelines


Welcome to Raga Academy of Indian Music where
melodious students are produced by using high-quality instruction & structured curriculum!!

Three guiding principles or “The Three R’s” of Raga Academy:
1. Reverence: Utmost respect for the traditional arts, our heritage and our
    Gurus (teachers).
2. Riyaz: Sadhana or dedication in practicing your lessons.
3. Regular attendance: Is a must in order to make good progress in your
     musical journey.
Mrs. Shashikala Koranne, first Guru & mother of Mrs. Kulkarni  performing in Simla, India

1. SANGEET or Indian music is a very precious art. Music classes are not for casual students!! For Raga Academy’s Artistic Director & Guru, Pandita Heera Kulkarni, teaching music is a passion and not a business. She teaches students with lots of dedication as teaching is her profession. Guru Mrs. Kulkarni retired recently as a fifth grade teacher from Elk Grove Unified School District after a successful teaching career of 20 years.

2. All proceeds from Raga Academy after paying taxes are used for either charity or for the promotion of classical & traditional arts of India and YOGA. These funds are not utilized for personal use. I am so grateful to Ma Saraswati and for the blessings of my mother Late Smt. Shashikala Koranne & my father Vishnu Koranne who instilled in me this idea of service to the community.

3. Students of Raga Academy can become very successful in the pursuit of Indian music when they make a commitment to this very sacred art and this gift of music from our rich heritage. Another way to become successful is to support the activities of Raga Academy by attending students recitals, monthly musical gatherings called "Swar Tarang", performing in local programs and attending concerts by visiting artists.

4. Classes are held once a week, one hour per class. There are four classes per month. Classes start and end on time. Regular attendance is of utmost importance in order to make good progress. There will be a make up class offered if the teacher is not available on the regularly scheduled day.

5. Students are taught by a highly qualified teacher & Guru (Mrs. Kulkarni) in a professional manner & in a very friendly atmosphere. Students are also urged to practice their lessons on a daily basis outside of class. If they are just coming to the class with no outside practice then there will be no progress. “Riyāz karōge' toe rāj karōgey'” says Begum Praveen Sultana. To become better musicians students are expected to practice their lessons about 5 to 6 times a week for 30-60 minutes or more. By practicing regularly they can progress faster.

5. It is also suggested that all students listen to good quality Indian music of their choice every day for at least 30 minutes. All students are encouraged to attend Indian classical music programs in Sacramento or Bay Area to hear professional musicians. Fifty percent of learning in Indian music takes place while listening to good music outside of class. All student recitals, concerts & workshops organized by Raga Academy and Sangeet Bharati organization have free admission for Raga Academy students.

6. Electronic Tanpura and Tabla: To aid with the weekly practice or “Riyaz” all students need to purchase an electronic tanpura and tabla available in India or online. Trusted models are “Raagini” for tanpura and model Digi 100 by “Radel” for tabla. Students are expected to practice music using these instruments. If you are looking for a keyboard then CASIO – CTK- 4200 or CTK - 4700 are good models. 

7. If you don't have an electronic tanpura and tabla then you are required to get the app called "iTablaPro" available for iPad and iPhone. This is a must for practicing your lessons with. If you don't have an Apple device then there is a similar app called "Rhythm" for Android.

8. Pandita Mrs. Kulkarni wishes you best of luck for your musical journey!!!

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