Carnatic Vocal Lessons

Carnatic Vocal Lessons at Downingtown Music Academy

Indian classical music is believed to be a divine art form which originated from the sounds of nature with rich cultural values.

It provides learners an opportunity to understand ancient music and culture, and they stay connected to the roots. Carnatic music is originated from south India with compositions on the four south Indian languages (Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam).

Carnatic music rests on two main elements: raga, the modes or melodic formula formed by the permutation and combination of all 12 chromatic notes.

The main emphasis in Carnatic music is on vocal music; most compositions are written to be sung, and even when played on instruments, they are meant to be performed in singing style

Students are taught to make their own rhythm cycles with hand gestured tapping the beat on the lap (tala) which enhances the rhythm sense right from the beginning. The learning structure is arranged in increasing order of complexity. Beginners start with the learning of the sarali varisai (solfege) set to a particular raga which has exercises in a pattern and following a sequence. The creative learning structure of the swaras (notes) imparts analytical and logical thinking in young minds.

Suriya Sudalaipandi - Carnatic & Western Classical Vocal, Piano, & Music Theory

We do not currently have openings for these classes at this time.


One on one lessons
  • 30 min: 140 a month
  • 60 min: 260 a month
For small group lessons (2-3 people of the same level and age)
  • 30 min: 80 a month

We have designated makeup Days at the end of each month on the 29-31.


Students who are unable to pay monthly or schedule a recurring weekly time slot may participate in pay as you go. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule lessons with the teacher on a weekly basis. This form of scheduling does not guarantee a weekly lesson slot.

  • 30 minutes: 50 dollars per lesson
  • 60 minutes: 90 dollars per lesson
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