Mumbai, 12th May 2021: SVKM’s NMIMS Deemed to-be University, one of India’s leading education institutions with a 40-year legacy of academic excellence, invites applications for its three-year undergraduate programs in Western Contemporary Music and Indian Music, at NMIMS School of Performing Arts (SoPA), Mumbai. While BA Music (Western Contemporary Music) offers specialisations in drums, guitar, piano and vocals, BA Music (Indian Music) offers specialisations in vocals and sitar.
To be eligible for admission to the programs, candidates must have passed 10 + 2 or equivalent examination from a recognized board with minimum 50% marks. Interested candidates should register at https://performingarts.nmims.edu/, upload a video of their performance on YouTube, as a private video, and attach the link in the application form. Shortlisted candidates will be scheduled for auditions and personal interviews for specific dates.
The curriculum of NMIMS School of Performing Arts’ recently-introduced BA Music (Indian Music) program is a unique synthesis of the ancient Gurukul method of music with modern technical needs. SoPA facilitates a pedagogical approach that combines theory with practice to train students for concerts, studio performances, and other events. Music baithaks and workshops are also organised, to help students develop their skills and broaden their musical horizons, setting SoPA’s curriculum apart from others. As an additional element, special measures have also been incorporated, to encourage and facilitate critical thinking on the part of students, in order to recognise and assimilate music in its true extent and dimension.
Commenting on the merits of the programs, Dr. Ramesh Bhat, Vice Chancellor, SVKM’s NMIMS, School of Performing Arts, said, “At NMIMS, we believe in always staying ahead of the curve. Our undergraduate program in western contemporary music is the first such program being offered in India. Now we have also introduced BA Music (Indian Music) for aspirants. Both programs have been designed with small batch sizes and a low student-teacher ratio, to facilitate greater individual attention to our students and to help them optimize their learning outcomes. Our faculty members include eminent musicians and performers, who familiarize and help expose our students to current industry trends.”
Speaking about the program, Dr. Divya Shrivastava, Dean, NMIMS School of Performing Arts, further added “Music is an integral part of our life, today’s youth prefer to follow their creative passions, whether music, art or any other stream. Both our programs – BA Music (Western Contemporary Music) and BA Music (Indian Music) have been meticulously structured for students passionate about music, and provide the perfect launch pad for them to establish a successful professional career in the industry. Our faculty includes top artistes and academics from across the globe, and we also provide opportunities to our students to interact with luminaries from the music industry through frequent master classes and workshops. Our state-of-the-art studios and music labs help equip our students with the best training and creative experience.”
Faculty at NMIMS School of Performing Arts include veteran experts like Gino Banks, drum virtuoso; Dr. Vikas Bhardwaj, renowned sitar artist, Clement Rooney, composer and keyboardist; Rahul Wadhwani, piano/keyboard player; Anisha Lakshmanan, singer-songwriter, music educator and actor; and many more. SoPA’s Bachelors in Performing Arts (Music) prepares students for careers as performers, choral singers, composers, arrangers, and music educators, as well as arts administrators and music librarians.
The BA Music program has been curated by prominent stalwarts from the music industry – Louis Banks, considered the Indian ‘Godfather of Jazz’; Dr. Russ Spiegel, artist, writer, guitarist, composer and producer of international repute; and Dr. Carl Clements, faculty member of Amherst College, USA.
About NMIMS School of Performing Arts, Mumbai
The School of Performing Arts is structured so as to serve as a perfect launch pad for anyone who wants to build a career in music and make a mark in the music industry. The studies include everything from music production, composition, arranging to contemporary performance. Faculty include top artists and scholars from across the world along with guest lectures from top artists from the industry to offer the best exposure to students.
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About SVKM’s NMIMS University:
Established in 1981, NMIMS is today recognized as a globally reputed university with strong industry linkages. It offers multiple disciplines across 8 campuses that consist of 17 specialized schools, more than 17000 students, and about 750 full-time faculty members, 10 faculty members with Fulbright Scholarship and Humboldt International Scholarship for post-doctoral researchers. It is known for its consistent academic quality and research-focused approach towards holistic education. SVKM’s NMIMS has been granted Category-I Deemed University status by Graded Autonomy Regulation 2018 by MHRD/UGC and NMIMS Mumbai Campus is NAAC accredited with a CGPA of 3.59.
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