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SIFF Young Artist offers standard international art courses with the aim of developing a skills-based performing arts ecosystem in India
Posted on November 30, 2021
Bangalore : SIFF Young Artist, an online academy for learning music and dance across genres, recently found many takers for its virtual classes. Young Artist offers online music and dance classes with a comprehensive, quality-focused SIFF curriculum, empowering students to become practicing artists. Now, students across India are trained via live online courses, supported by guided practice sessions, creative homework, group learning, and opportunities for performance and collaboration in a multi-year program.
Having filled all the batches in Keyboard within a few months of launch and other courses like Kathak filling up quickly, Young Artist is set to launch more categories in the coming days. While lots in Indian Vocal, Kathak & Keys departments have already started, more lots are added and applications are also open for departments like Carnatic Vocal, Hindustani Vocal, Western Vocal and Bollywood Dance. Interested candidates can go online and register.
The uniqueness of the teaching method is the emphasis on fundamental knowledge at the beginner level, refining skills in intermediate and creative projects with practical application at advanced levels. The courses provide a comfortable platform for beginners in the arts looking to start their artistic journey, for intermediate learners striving to expand their repertoire, and advanced students looking to supplement their regular classes.
“The beauty of the program is that it creates a learning ecosystem that will appeal to all types of learners, regardless of their skill level and age group. We are currently focusing on the categories we launched and plan to expand into more areas of music and dance, especially now. We know that students are eagerly awaiting Hindustani and Carnatic singing lessons, and this is what we have in store for the next few departments, with Western singing and Bollywood dance. says Kavita Iyer, co-founder of Young Artist.
Young Artists courses are highly valued by parents, as their children’s progress in an art form is clear and consistent with the curriculum.
“If kids start early in this system, they’ll have learned most of the art form by the time they’re old enough to decide how to take it further. The favorable position therefore helps to make an effective decision. Their base is also very solid because learning from an early age is super effective ”, says Uma, head of technology and operations.
The Young Artist program is created by an artistic team of educators, technologists, musicians, dancers, art lovers and entrepreneurs. Prominent advisers and mentors are involved in the formation of this institution and have created a program tailored to today’s needs. The panel is made up of veteran artists such as Madhavi Mudgal, Nikhitha Gandhi, Keba Jeremiah, Dr N Rajam (former HoD and Dean of the Hindu University of Banaras), Dr Rudrapatnam Thyagarajan (professor of carnatic singing at the University Jain) and Uday Bhawalkar (Guru at ITC’s Sangeet Research Academy). SIFF’s comprehensive curriculum, pedagogy and accreditation are developed with their expertise, guidance and mentorship.
With a 5-8 year roadmap, live lessons are complemented by specially designed and curated videos, guided walkthroughs, and other resources that enrich the learning experience. Milestones and hands-on reviews make tracking progress fun. Their methodology seems to work like magic as it is of great benefit to children and adults who are trying to pursue an art form from scratch and complete it within a few years.
Young Artist started the courses with the aim of filling the gaps that today’s generation learners face. By learning on an online platform like this, students save valuable time, especially in a highly competitive environment. They get rid of the difficult task of finding teachers, of commuting long hours to attend classes. Since the curriculum provides continuity of instruction, students no longer have to worry about their learning stopping if a teacher is no longer available. An abundance of practical real-time exposure and being up to date with new trends in the art form make this format supportive and effective. Many students pursue more than one art form because of these benefits.
With the right mix of practical and theoretical knowledge, students are also exposed to industry experts through workshops, masterclasses and performances at Young Artist. The program is supported by user-friendly interactive technology that is intuitive to use. One aspect of the program that makes it very intuitive for students is the structure and the clear progression it brings into the learning path.