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Western & Indian Music Teachers & Team Biographies
Notes n’ Beats is taught by Western and Indian music teachers who have a passion for teaching a wide range of music that runs the gamut from the latest hits on the radio to classical Indian music. Our experienced teachers specialize in specific genres such as piano, guitar, Indian voice, and Western voice. We started many years ago in 2005 by teaching music to children of family and friends in the neighborhood. Seeing the amazing development in those children unleashed the passion in us for teaching music in a way that resonates with children the most. Over the years, we have developed a program that is fun and engaging to our students - children and adults alike.
We are a team of professional music teachers who feels a strong responsibility to keep music education alive and accessible to all. We believe that music is crucial to one's development and growth - most importantly, we believe that music can become one's soul mate for life. Additionally, music education is beneficial for cognitive development—many research centers have published studies on how music education improves cognitive abilities in children in other subjects like mathematics.
At Notes N’ Beats, we also find ourselves in the unique position to bring together the best of two, rich, worlds of music - Indian and Western. As Western and Indian music teachers, we believe in a strong foundation of Classical music, but we also allow for creative freedom in the classroom—our students explore many other genres of music like Rock, Pop, Theatre and Bollywood. Our curriculum provides multiple educational tracks for students to pursue - A) Western music only, B) Indian music only, or C) A combination of the two. These curriculum tracks are unique to our school, in that our curriculum intertwines the complexities and nuances of both cultures of music, providing powerful insight into how Indian and Western music genres compare and contrast with one another. In 2021, we have enhanced our curriculum to incorporate this unique approach in our lessons beginning from a student's first day of lessons.
Our music school challenges the traditional methods of teaching by including hands-on projects, performances, recitals, and our newest program called "Creative Immersion". Additionally, our teachers help students prepare for recitals, competitions, performances, and certification exams that further enhance each student’s musical education.
We are humbled and proud to be able to bring music to you!
Check out our impressive Western and Indian music teacher biographies below to meet our entire team. For teachers that specialize in specific instruments or voice, click on the corresponding button below.
Carnatic Classical & Light
Swetha Ashok is an Indian Playback Singer, who is well known for her work in the Malayalam Film industry. She rose to fame as a child when she won the reality show Munch Star Singer in the year 2008.
Guitar and Piano
As a classical guitarist, Thomas has performed in masterclasses for renowned artists such as Matthew Slotkin, Valerie Hartzell, Martha Masters, Frederic Zigante, and Gohar Vardanyan.
Guitar, Piano, Hindustani Vocals
Priyant Sundas is a Professional Guitarist, Vocalist, Composer/Arranger, Recording Artist, and a Performer. He started learning guitar at the age of 4 with his father. Priyant graduated from the Berklee College of Music, Boston, majoring in Professional Music, focused on Performance, Jazz Composition, and Songwriting.
Indian Voice (Carnatic Classical)
Chitra Sridhar has been singing Carnatic Classical music since the age of four, and has studied with legendary vocalists such as Maharajapuram Santhanam and Smt R Vedavalli.
Guitar, Piano, and Percussion
Ever since Nick started playing guitar at the age of 12, his career in music has been short yet impressive. Nick studied Jazz and Classical guitar throughout middle school and high school and is currently studying Jazz and Music production at NOVA.