The Ali Akbar College of Music offers education in the classical music of North India at the highest professional level. Our primary instructors have studied with the legendary sarode master, Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, for many years and teach alongside our tabla master, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. At the college, students learn the necessary musical skills, knowledge and understanding to contribute significantly to musical life. Our international student body ranges from beginner to accomplished professional. Facilities include several practice rooms, classrooms and a concert hall.
Students learn to play the classical music of North India on the instrument of their choice, Indian or non-Indian. The College specializes in teaching Sarode, Sitar and Tabla. All students are encouraged to learn vocal music as well. Cross training in raga (melody) and tala (percussion) are encouraged, though typically the student will specialize in either raga or tala. All instruments such as Violin, Cello, Guitar, Flute and more are welcomed in our classes. Our classes are offered in group and private settings both in person and online as well.
Residential facilities are not available at the College at this time, but housing is available in the area. Please contact the College office for information on finding comfortable, music friendly lodging near the College.
The school is located about 10 miles north of San Francisco in beautiful San Rafael and is easily accessible by car or public transportation. For detailed map and directions click here.