Dhwani Shah
Cedar Park, TX
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Dhwani Shah

Dhwani S.

Cedar Park, TX
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Beginner, Intermediate
I have been teaching Tabla for the last 13 years in Chicago, New Jersey, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The initial few years of Tabla is focused on proper hand/finger placement and technique. Starting with few simple letters and building them into phrases, sentences, and full compositions. I try to exposure students to the language of the music. Therefore, I give students a general framework and ask them to compose themselves. As I guide them through the process, this exercise empowers students to create on their own and strengthen their logical thinking process.

Once students are able to produce desired sounds and play certain compositions in a Tabla solo repertoire, I introduce accompaniment material which can practically be applied when performing with singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.

Along the way, I share historical information on the art as well as recommend resources such as books, recordings, and websites for a well-rounded learning experience.

My overall approach to music is very holistic in nature. I consider it as an artistic science and a scientific art.

About Dhwani S.

Having learned from several teachers over the course of my training, I've been fortunate to learn Tabla in a diverse manner. Although growing up in USA, I visited India every two or three years for intensive training. These experiences have helped me gain and retain the traditional aspects of the art. At the same time, my training in USA has given me a western perspective, which has created a great blend of traditional and modern.

I've taught in a variety of settings from music schools to religious institutions to community centers. I am comfortable teaching private lessons as well group classes.

Apart from Tabla, I studied and performed western classical music, primarily the drum set. As a member of my school band, I was exposed to a variety of percussion instruments over the years.

Along with my daily practice, I continue learning from my Guru (teacher) on a regular basis. I maintain my independent study, which consists of listening, researching, and collaborating with other musicians.

Music is a lifelong journey, where we're always learning. I enjoy teaching as a way to help people along this journey. Ultimately, teaching others makes me a better student, which is what I always consider myself first and foremost.

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