Beyond the ordinary

Graduation concert

Beyond the ordinary

Nathaniel School of Music recently held a unique graduation concert where students from three batches of the school came together to perform. The concept of holding a performance-based graduation is unique to this school.

The performance was conceptualised on the lines of a rock concert where the students formed their own groups, chose the songs and performed. Among those songs performed were ‘Here I Am’ by Bryan Adams, ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift, ‘Let Her Go’ by Passenger and a few pieces by ‘Oasis’, ‘Dream Theater’, ‘Porcupine Tree’ etc. Jason says that the teachers are motivated to encourage the students to push their boundaries and go beyond the mundane.

The School trains students in keyboard, guitar, vocals, bass, drums and trumpet and gets them to perform on stage in just four months. There will be at least three concerts a year. “The graduating batch had students who had learnt one of the six instruments at the school and performed on stage as part of the bands in just four months,” explains Jason Zachariah, director, Nathaniel School of Music.

   Jason says that he didn’t want his school to be a regular training academy. He points out that the course has been structured in a different way. “The idea is not just to pass a music exam but to be able to perform in public at the end of the course. The students form their own little bands, get on stage and play. This is what we encourage them to do,” he adds.

The school, he says, not only helps students read and write music but gives them the confidence to perform as well. “The students are graded on their public performances. We found this system suited a lot of people and they came back to us saying they loved the concept. This system not only motivates students but teachers as well. We work to train the students both as a musician and as a performer. This will make them complete musicians,” he sums up.  

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