The Calcutta School of Music is one of the premier institutions in India. It was established in the year 1915 by Dr. Phillipe Sandré, a musician of considerable caliber, and a contemporary and friend of the famous composer Saint Saëns. It is probably the only school in the country which has such a broad ranging canvas of musical disciplines covering both Indian and Western, Classical and Contemporary music, dance, drama, and speech.
Objectives and Approach
The Calcutta School of Music encourages a holistic approach to music, speech, and drama. Both theory and practical lessons are offered and the student is then equipped to appear for assessments under the “Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)”, “Trinity College London (TCL)” and “London College of Music (LCM)”, after clearing an internal audition.
The objective of music lessons is not just to teach the student to play an instrument or sing but to develop an appreciation and understanding of classical and contemporary music. Lessons are usually once a week and not exceeding 4 in a calendar month. Individual lessons are for 45 to 60 minutes, and group lesson tutorials are for an hour. Stress is laid on quality, and since trained teachers with the right qualifications in theses disciplines are difficult to come by, admissions have to remain restricted to manageable numbers. Specific regulations require an interview or audition before admission.