We wish to establish a thriving musical culture in school. A wealth of scientific research over the last decade is proving that music education is a powerful tool for attaining children’s full intellectual, social a creative potential. Music gives children a means to express themselves to unleash their creativity, and to be expired by their own boundless capacity for personal growth.
Music is compulsory for the first seven years of a pupil’s life in the school from 3+ (Pre-School) to 11 + (Class V). In the critically important years Between 3+ and 5+ children are exposed to music everyday. This programme is not confined to the more common set of songs or nursery rhymes sung in the traditional fashion. Rather the young ones are trained to differentiate simple notations (alankar), rhythm (laya), and bears (tala). Our per-school orchestra of four-and-five-years old include 8 simple instruments such as dholak tambourine, triangle, jhunjhuna kartal, cymbals dandia and the most ancient of rhythm ‘instrument’ clapping.
The ‘stuti’ may be in Sanskrit or Hindi and is invariably sung (rather than recited) by a special trained choir. The songs may be a bhajan, a seasonal song, a patriotic song, a folk song, an inspiring song expressing a beautiful thought or a philosophy, Rabindra sangeet, etc. Songs may be in Hindi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujrati, Assamese, Pahari, Marathi, Rajasthani, Malyalam, Telugu, Tamil, Sanskrit etc. The community Shloka with which we end the assembly is usually a thought expressed in four lines, sung by the entire school as one and rendered in simple music.