29th August - Launch of HWMF Academy & 20th Sept. TEDx Hyderabad Talk

Presenting HWMF at TEDx Hyderabad:


TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xerTyoxFUc

LAUNCH of Hyderabad Western Music Academy HWMF Academy @ Alliance Française


On Saturday at Alliance Française, Banjara Hills, we had the launch of HWMF Academy. We will start shortly with classes (on weekends) for several instruments and voice, for people who want to commit to studying western music, in a way that caters to their musical interests, theoretical discipline and allows them to grow with music. 

We organized a faculty concert with performances by Ritu Gopal on violin, Nicole Connolly on the Flute, George Hull on the saxophone, Tejaswinee Kelkar on Voice and Joe Koster on Piano,  with two trio performances. The faculty also spoke of their love for their instruments and how music blossomed as a long time commitment for them. This was followed by a free interaction between interested students, their parents (at times), and teachers - so that many requirements and musical dreams were put across. 

We hope to start this activity that will help students truly grow as musicians, and create a community of informed, inspired musicians in Hyderabad!

Application form:  http://goo.gl/forms/p5c6ft30i4

Aim: The program will offer holistic music education that includes instrument technique, music repertoire and musicality. HMWF Academy’s program will provide students with an experience not only in technical musical skills but creativity, self-exploration and expression. Optional ensemble/band playing will offer students the experience of creating music in a group environment which shapes individual performance skills and confidence. Through open houses and concerts, the HWMF Academy will create a journey of sharing music among students, faculty and the greater Hyderabad community. 
Structure: The HWMF Academy Program will include:
• Weekly individual lessons on  weekends
• Optional ensemble/band playing twice a month
• Student concerts every three months
Nicole Connolly Bhatia (flute) - Nicole Connolly Bhatia studied Western Classical flute and piano in Canada. Prior to pursuing a legal career, Nicole completed the first year of the bachelor of music program at Memorial University's School of Music in St. John's, Canada.  Nicole was the recipient of two music entrance scholarships from Memorial University and multiple local music festival awards.  Nicole currently resides in Hyderabad and is also a Canadian qualified lawyer.
Ritu Gopal (violin) - Ritu Gopal has been performing with the India National Youth Orchestra since 2011 and is their regional representative. Qualified in Western Classical violin and theory through the Trinity College and ABRSM. She has performed with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra and Calcutta Chamber Orchestra and is part of the Hyderabad Youth Ensemble. She obtained her MA in Development from Azim Premji University and worked as a music therapist at Sampoorna Music Therapy Center, Bangalore. At present Ritu is pursuing an Integrated-M.Phil.-Ph.D. in Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, with research interest in the area of Music Education for Children with Disabilities.
George Hull (saxophone) - George Hull is a professional saxophonist from Hyderabad. George has completed his jazz saxophone grades from ABRSM and is a registered teacher of saxophone, recorder and clarinet. George also plays for the only jazz band in town - "Jazz For Joy" and the jazz ensemble "Jazzed Friends".  Besides being a musician, George is a practicing doctor of medicine.
Tejaswinee Kelkar (vocal/theory) - Tejaswinee Kelkar is currently completing her MS at IIIT in Hyderabad. She is an experienced vocalist and has studied Western Classical and Hindustani Classical Music (Associate diploma in composition and theory). Tejaswinee organized and facilitated the HWMF community singing sessions and teaches at the HWMF theory/vocal classes. Tejaswinee is also part of the Deccan Voices.
Joe Koster (keyboard/piano/trombone/vocal) - Joe Koster studied Western Classical and Jazz music in Switzerland. Joe has played in Jazz Big Bands and small combos. Joe has been a music teacher at International School of Hyderabad. He functions as the Director/Trustee of the Hyderabad Western Music Foundation, conducts the Hyderabad Youth Ensemble and the Deccan Voices that showcases music from Pop, Jazz, Western Classical and Musicals.

Registration: For further details regarding registration, please contact Joe Koster of HWMF at info@hydmusic.com. Please note that student spaces are limited and HWMF Academy may request an interview to assess a student's interest and commitment prior to enrolment.  Enrolment is open to all ages and musical abilities including adult beginners and lapsed learners.