Music before all else…

This line of poetry might sound familiar to those who used to learn poetry by heart in their childhood. It might also sound familiar for those who attend MPA, because music accounts for a large part of the curriculum. When the students were asked to write about what inspires them, they spontaneously picked music, revealing that music also accounts for a large share in their hearts.

“All students have the opportunity to go to either tabla or raag classes twice a week.  I am going to the raag classes and I really enjoy and love it. Our teacher is Ustad Ji, who is really good and experienced at what he is doing. We sing shabds and learn how to play the harmonium. It is a nice and small group and it is fun to sing and play together. But he will also work with us one on one, which I think is great! Especially since I love music and sing a lot, I think I can learn so much. I am grateful for this chance we got and I am looking forward to work on myself and to get as much as I can out of it this year.” 

Oona, 12th grade

I like the musical classes at MPA. There are different Indian instruments, like tabla, harmonium and sitar. My favorite part about tabla classes is that there are not many students in class, therefore, you get a lot of attention from the teacher and learn fast. I think it is cool that master musicians known through Amritsar even come to teach us, sometimes twice a week! Overall, I have only tried tabla, but the others look fun as well, and you learn very fast… At home, I played piano, and it is cool to expand my knowledge by learning music from a different country.

Dharam Bir Singh Khalsa, 10th grade

Tabla class with Sukhwinder is a where many of my fellow students learn this wonderful instrument. This happens during our CPA (creative and performing arts) period. It’s a nice way to take a break from our hard academics and head down to the art building to engage our creative side with a multitude of different arts from the East and West, tabla being one of them. Sukhwinder has been practicing tabla for more than ten years. He has a passion for tabla and tries to share his passion with us, (some of us being more receptive then others). During class, he is able to get hands-on with each student to improve their “tas” and “tins” (basic tabla sounds) and achieve a ‘sweet’ or pleasant sound. 

Hargobind Singh Khalsa, 12th grade