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AR Rehman, the musical genius of India has announced that his dream music institute KM Music Conservatory will be started from June this year with 150 selected students. The Maestro met the media representatives yesterday and spent nearly 3 hours to brief his plans and ideas on the project, which was described as one of the rare meets of the musician.
The KM Conservatory of Music in collaboration with Audio Media Education, an Apple Authorized Training Centre, will concentrate on instrumental and vocal music (both Indian and western), and music technology. Courses will first be offered in Music Technology, voice, strings and keyboards (piano and electronic keyboards).
As informed by Rehman, other instruments and aspects of the art of music and sound design would be added to the curriculum depending on the demand and interest.
“The main idea behind this novel attempt is to develop the knowledge of music technology, which is a must in today's musical world. Students, who complete the Music Technology Course will be equipped to handle advanced studio equipment, with long term professional prospects" Rahman said.
The courses are at present divided into Preparatory, Foundation and Diploma. It is learnt that there will be a place for any student with musical interest, from the earliest level to higher level, to learn and to perfect their skills. Boarding and lodging also will be provided for the needy pupil.
The AR Rehman Foundation, the main sponsor of the KM Conservatory has also planned to provide scholarship aid to the needy students initially in the Foundation and Diploma Courses.
Students, who are dedicated to the art of performance will be trained up to professional standards over a period of years by teachers, both from India and from other parts of the world in a widening number of instruments as the conservatory develops and grows.
The Conservatory would also make the musicians develop professional approach to enhance musical proficiency, without which no artist can survive in today's world. The courses and training aim to serve as a place of training up to the highest level, where one could widen his or her musical and technological awareness, literacy and standards.
Discussions are under way with the University of Madras to consider the possibility for the KM Conservatory eventually to gain status as a Deemed University offering Bachelor Degrees in Music and Music Technology.
The Conservatory would operate from a place adjacent to his studio in Kodambakkam in its first year. In the next year, in a suburb of Chennai, a leafy three acre campus will be made ready for the building of class rooms, a concert hall, recording studio and residential facilities for faculty and students from out of station.
AR Rehman, the Founder and Principal of the conservatory (as announced by himself) is also founding a symphony orchestra in the western mode, to serve as a resident studio orchestra to perform music of his own composition for the music industry and to perform for the general public in Chennai and elsewhere in India as occasions arise. This orchestra is to be populated by salaried professional musicians at an international standard, both from India and abroad. Some of these players will also teach at the Conservatory.
Answering to a question about the fee structure in the institute the musician told that that would be 'normal Indian fee structure'.
Rehman requests all to visit his website www.arrahman.com for further information and announcements about the KM Conservatory and Orchestra.