Dhruv Kothari

Dhruv K.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Even though,my principal mode of expression in music will always be the North Indian classical percussion 'tabla', I have been very fortunate to have been able to do my undergrad and Masters in Music from SOAS,University of London and Berklee College of Music respectively. All of this musical exposure has not only helped in expressing myself using those other musical influences but it has also helped me in being able to communicate as a tutor more effectively.

I firmly believe that it is absolutely essential to get the basics right before moving/rushing on to anything further. i encourage my students to question things rather than simply to follow and reproduce. Since Indian Classical music is an oral tradition, it is important to recite the rhythmic phrases/syllables vocally before learning how to reproduce them on the instrument.  Teaching is a process in which both the student and the teacher can learn as opposed to just a one-way process. Mutual understanding is necessary to make the entire process productive and fun.

About Dhruv K.

I have been playing the tabla since I was six years old. I received his Bachelor's in Music Studies from SOAS, University of London, where i gained exposure to the different music cultures of the world. After that, I went on to complete his Master's in Contemporary Studio Performance from Berklee College of Music, Valencia, where I got to learn Cuban percussion (congas and bongo) amongst other aspects of music like exposure to technology and diverse musical styles. In addition to teaching tabla online, I have also worked for a year as an Assistant Professor of Music at a university called FLAME in Pune, India. Currently, I am freelancing as a performer/tutor and also doing a part time job in music digitisation.

I have always felt a great amount of satisfaction whenever someone who is genuinely keen to learn gets something right and I will always keep striving to come up with fresh means and ways to convey messages/ideas through my teaching so that the student reaps the benefits with more efficiency.

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Himat H.
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Very easy to work with. He is patient and gives wonderful instruction to help the student learn.

Posted Jun 4, 2020

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Experience

Music Digitising
Jul 2019 - Present

Saptak School of Music

I work part-time at the Saptak Archives where we are constantly involved in the process of collecting the Indian classical music that we don't already have and then improving the quality of that recording and/or converting that music into an audio file format.

Assistant Professor of Music
Jun 2015 - Jul 2016

FLAME University

Education

Masters in Music
Oct 2012 - Sep 2013

Berklee College of Music,Valencia campus

Bachelors in Music
Sep 2008 - Jul 2011

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Hindi

Professional Proficiency

Awards

Scholarship
Jul 2012

Berklee College of Music,Valencia campus

State Level Tabla Competition (both Junior and Senior levels)
Jun 2011

Pt. Omkarnath Thakur Music Competition

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