A) CARNATIC MUSIC
Every promising talent needs a guru and at Freedom International, Carnatic music is taught in a systematic manner by a competent teacher, adhering to the rules of classical music.
The basics of Carnatic music are based on a swara system. To start learning carnatic music, the student is trained with voice training sessions called varishas, followed bygeethams, varnams and keerthanas. Varishas are swara patterns that train a student to handle a particular raga to equip him to learn carnatic music. It also initiates the students to the concept of tala or rhythm. Carnatic music is sung at different speed levels in order to increase the strength and control of the voice.In addition to learning vocal music, the children begin to appreciate great carnatic music and well known singers of this genre.
Every year 'ThyagarajaAradhane' is celebrated in school, in which both teachers and students participate with great enthusiasm.
Western music too has its place in the curriculum at Freedom International School. This enables the students to learn music from an international perspective. Apart from English classical music and popular songs, the syllabus includes songs of various European screen plays, which enables the students to broaden their scope and understanding of western music.
Students will learn to –
- Sing independently, on pitch and in rhythm, with appropriate timbre, diction, and posture.
- Sing expressively, with appropriate dynamics, phrasing, and interpretation.
- Sing from memory a varied repertoire of songs representing genres and styles from diverse cultures.
- Sing in groups, blending vocal timbres, matching dynamic levels, and responding to the cues of a conductor.
- Sing accurately and with good breath control throughout their singing ranges, alone and in small and large ensembles.
- Sing music representing diverse genres and cultures.
- Sing music written in two and three parts (HARMONY).
Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen? ~Friedrich Nietzsche
Thus at Freedom our children dance away at every opportunity. The children are exposed to classical music and dance and so discover their traditional roots and rich history.
Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form, is taught from Class I onwards. This popular dance form is a combination of melody, expressions, and rhythm. The three main elements of Bharatanatyam are Nritya, Nritta, and Natya. Nritya emphasizes body movements and various dance postures. Nritta highlights rhythm and body movements. Natya gives significance to poem and drama. When performed with absolute concentration, this dance form is as beneficial as yoga. The numerous health benefits of bharatanatyam include helping to improve body balance, flexibility, concentration, endurance and discipline. Every year, our children showcase their talent in dance through the School Day function, Inter House competitions and Inter School competitions as well as performances during the celebration of various festivals.
Western dance too has its place in the curriculum at Freedom International School. Our children are trained various dance styles namely Contemporary, Hip - hop, Gymnastics, Freestyle, Salsa Indo - Jazz, Folk, Bollywood and Creative Movement. We aim at giving quality movement education to children, making sure they keep fit, learn the moves and have a whole lot of fun during each lesson.