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Intermediate Sitar

Weekly Class for Adults

Introduction

A follow-up to our exciting Introduction to Sitar weekly course. This is a rare opportunity to develop your skills on one of the world’s most thrilling musical instruments. Some experience of playing sitar or Indian music is essential. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to confirm the level of experience required.

Over the 10 week course, you will develop your skills on this amazing instrument and knowledge of North Indian classical music. Courtesy of theSitarProject, we will lend you a sitar for the duration of the course so you can practise at home. In return we will expect you to practice regularly and take care of your sitar – they are very special instruments.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has teamed up with Edinburgh’s theSitarProject to provide this course. theSitarProject has been supporting people in Scotland who want to learn the sitar since 2005. theSitarProject is co-directed by Laurence Howells and Alejandro Cooper.

Places for this course are strictly limited.

Introduction

A follow-up to our exciting Introduction to Sitar weekly course. This is a rare opportunity to develop your skills on one of the world’s most thrilling musical instruments. Some experience of playing sitar or Indian music is essential. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to confirm the level of experience required.

Over the 10 week course, you will develop your skills on this amazing instrument and knowledge of North Indian classical music. Courtesy of theSitarProject, we will lend you a sitar for the duration of the course so you can practise at home. In return we will expect you to practice regularly and take care of your sitar – they are very special instruments.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has teamed up with Edinburgh’s theSitarProject to provide this course. theSitarProject has been supporting people in Scotland who want to learn the sitar since 2005. theSitarProject is co-directed by Laurence Howells and Alejandro Cooper.

Places for this course are strictly limited.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs



Entry requirements

Some experience of playing sitar or Indian music is essential. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to confirm the level of experience required.

At a glance...

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at students who have completed the Introduction to Sitar weekly course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and would like to continue developing their skills.

If you have not studied on our Introduction to Sitar course but are interested in undertaking the Intermediate course, please email us directly on lifelong@rcs.ac.uk.

Teaching staff

Laurence Howells

Laurence has been playing music all his life, learning pianoforte and viola as a child. Since 2002 Laurence has focused on learning North Indian Classical music, taking taleem (training) from Shri Mehboob Nadeem initially in Hindustani vocal and subsequently on sitar. Mehboob ji comes from an illustrious family of musicians. He is the grandson of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan (Pranpiya) and Gayan Samrat Ustad Asmat Hussain Khan (Dilrang). He is a student of the world-renowned sitar maestro Pandit Arvindh Parikh. Laurence has also studied with Ustad Rafat Khan Nayazi in Mumbai.

Laurence said “My interest in Indian music starts with its unique and extraordinary sound – the pure melody against a single unchanging drone – but what is most important to me is the work of riyaz (practice) – the intense, disciplined and committed practice that this music calls for and that enables us to refine our sound, expression, pitch and rhythm. After all it is this inner training that really matters.”

Laurence started theSitarProject in 2005 in Edinburgh as part of the suite of activities undertaken by the Indian Music and Dance Collective (now sadly no longer operating). Over the last decade the project has gradually grown. In 2014 through a collaboration with the University of Edinburgh the project started offering sitar classes at the University. We are delighted to extend our collaboration now to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Laurence is very experienced in teaching sitar to people from the widest possible range of backgrounds, and welcomes anyone who wants to learn, whatever their background, age, race, aspirations or musical experience.

Laurence said “My teaching follows the approach taken by my guru Shri Mehboob Nadeem, who is exceptionally good at staying true to the traditions followed by Hindustani musicians for centuries whilst adapting it to the needs, aspirations and circumstances of today. I try to pass on what I have learned myself, taking care that everyone has a great experience whilst they develop their skills and knowledge of Hindustani classical music step-by-step.”