Gopala is a professional tabla and harmonium teacher with over 7 years of teaching and performing experience. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) with a BFA degree in World Music Performance specializing in tabla. He learned tabla professionally from world-renowned tabla master Swapan Chaudhuri, from world-renowned tabla expert Debashish Chaudhuri, and from master percussionist Randy Gloss. Gopala teaches tabla and harmonium students of all different ages and levels and helps them to become versed in the art of playing tabla and harmonium through a simple and effective systematic step-by-step method. Since tabla is a language-based instrument he first teaches students the basics of tabla which requires an understanding of the basic 'bols' (tabla strokes) which are syllables that the student has to first memorize in order to learn how to play them on the tabla with the correct technique. He also encourages students to follow a consistent program of regular devoted practice which he helps to facilitate for them during the lessons so that they can learn fast and advance in their playing. Since tabla and harmonium are not easy instruments to learn he encourages his students to follow the step-by-step method that he teaches which, if followed correctly and with regularity, can guarantee the students' success in mastering the art of playing tabla and harmonium. As the student advances he or she will come to realize that learning these instruments is a great and fun way to improve one's concentration, memorization, and attention!
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2015
BFA in World Music Performance specializing in Tabla
Teaches ages 5+
Has background check
I have taken tabla lessons from Sergio. He is not only very knowledgeable and skilled in proper tabla techniques, but is very patient when teaching these techniques to students. I definitely recommend him as a tabla instructor.
Sergio is an excellent patient teacher. I really enjoyed how he broke down the different sounds or notes of the tabla. Who knew tabla has notes
Gopala is a passionate musician. He is very attentive and easy to connect with. He is also a great music teacher, and really wants to make sure that you walk away having understood whatever he has taught. If you are looking for a tabla teacher look no further, you won't be disappointed!