Oscar winner musician A.R. Rahman’s (Slumdog Millionaire) prestigious KM Music Conservatory is reportedly proposing to launch preparatory program in various instruments.
It is proposing to offer this 2-5 years program in French Horn, Saxophone, Flute, Double Bass, Trumpet, Oboe, Trombone, and Clarinet. There are no age restrictions for admission into this specially designed program. This program is currently offered in Harp, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Cello, Hindustani and Western Voice, Guitar, and Viola.
Conservatory also offers Foundation Program (1-2 years) and Degree Program (three years) under affiliation of Middlesex University in United Kingdom (UK). Many faculty members have degrees from USA and UK. Sound editor Joe E. Rand (Titanic) has lectured here besides demonstration by Vienna Chamber Orchestra. It plans to offer two-year Masters Program and year-long “Diploma in Indian Music and Music Technology” besides teaching entertainment icon Michael Jackson as a subject, according to reports
Founded by Rahman (who is also its Principal), KM Music Conservatory in Kodambakkam area of Chennai in Tamil Nadu state of India envisions expanding the horizon of musicians in India by offering education in both Indian and Western music besides music technology and its mission is to provide students with a strong artistic, intellectual, and technical foundation. T. Selvakumar is the Managing Director of this international school of music and music technology whose tagline is “Become the Future of Music”.
Acclaimed Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed has applauded Rahman for creating a bridge between the music of east and west and for strengthening the worldwide market and stature of Indian music. Zed, who is the chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged Rahman to help nourish the next generation with the richness of Indian music, elements of whose theory were first found in ancient Hindu scripture Sama-Veda.
Rahman, who has reportedly recorded sales of over 300 million, was called “Mozart of Madras” by Time magazine. Rahman sees music “as a way to connect to spirituality and embrace it” and for “creating harmony in troubled times”.