Becoming a musician starts with learning an instrument. The Foundation has a faculty of teachers who give individual and group lessons for various instruments and teach theory in groups. Besides musicality, lessons also help children develop a sense of discipline, concentration and social skills. The instruments taught at the Foundation are piano, violin, viola and cello. The Foundation also has a music therapist who works with children and adults with special needs.
Instrument students come in for one or two individual classes each week depending on the instrument they learn and are also expected to partake in group classes, theory classes and The Singing Tree. The Foundation has a string ensemble that meets weekly on Sundays and students are expected to participate in this class when invited to do so. In addition, the Foundation offers chamber music classes and expects students to partake regularly in performance classes and music appreciation classes.
Learning an instrument has many advantages for growing children – playing an instrument stimulates parts of the brain responsible for the development of large and small motor skills and building the memory. Students who play an instrument learn to be organized and manage their time; they learn the skill of perseverance, focus and dedication. It teaches them to listen to (not just hear) one another, as playing an instrument involves learning to play with other instruments and becoming a team player. Instrument students at the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation have opportunities to be taught by conservatoire trained music teachers from the world over to deliver lessons in piano, violin, viola and cello.
Attendance on a weekly basis for two individual music lessons, one theory lesson and a choir class are essential for instrument students to commit to. The Foundation expects students to commit to daily practice and be regular, disciplined and punctual.
Violin / Viola