Class Format

Indian classical music has traditionally been an oral practice, passed from generation to generation by students hearing and imitating their teachers and memorizing lessons. A notational system exists but students are encouraged to learn by ear. Students are allowed to record their classes.  Early registration is encouraged to assist the College in scheduling.

Group Master Classes


The college offers different levels of instrumental group and private classes weekly. Most students learn Sarode, Sitar, or Violin, but one can learn on any instrument. Guitars, Cellos, Flutes and Bass are not uncommon at the Ali Akbar College.

View a sample of a Raga and Composition II class
View a sample of an Instrumental I class
View a sample of a Guided Listening class


Instruction is offered in Hindustani classical style. Vocal music is considered the foundation of all music in this tradition. Vocal classes are offered weekly in both group and private settings. All students are encouraged to participate. We are currently offering Levels I and II.

View a sample of a Vocal I class
View a sample of a Vocal II class


Learn how to improvise and develop Alap, Jor, Jalla, Gat, Vistar, Tan, Sat Sangat and Sawal Jawab. This class encourages interaction and for each student to play both individually and along with the teacher. Prior training in Indian Classical music required. Led by Alam Khan.

View a sample of a Guided Improvisation class


Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri teaches Tabla classes in small groups arranged by the level of the students. Students gain accompaniment skills by playing for vocal, instrumental and supplementary classes, as well as practicing with other students.

View a sample of an Intermediate Tabla class
View a sample of an Advanced Tabla class