Mata Mandir Singh is the musical director of Guru Ram Das Kirtan Academy. He teaches in-depth music lessons via Zoom and is now teaching in-person also through the auspices of the Guru Ram Das Academy.
Mata Mandir Singh is creative and masterful in tailoring the below techniques and skills to each student as per their interest and skill level from beginners to advanced players. He has studied and practiced the Indian music system for more than thirty years. He teaches Rag and Taal (melody and rhythm) and teaches tabla, harmonium, Rabab and Indian vocal practice. He also teaches how to accompany kirtan using various non-traditional stringed instruments such as mandolin and Cittern. Although the system is classically based we practice and play shabds and mantra more in the folk and semi classical range rather than strictly classical practice.
Guitar and Kirtan
All manner of guitar techniques including chord structures, both conventional and unconventional, strumming and fingerpicking techniques, alternate guitar tunings, scales and basic music theory regarding melody and rhythm. These will draw upon both Indian and Western musical traditions. The classes begin with learning basic chants and compositions from Mata Mandir Singh’s extensive catalog of recorded music.
Combined with the above will be basic vocal training to find one’s authentic voice, to practice staying on pitch and develop the ability to sing with power and relaxation at the same time.
The art of composing chants, shabds and songs is introduced early on to encourage each student`s own ability to create melodies and chord structures that enhance their creative and meditative abilities.
Classes & Kirtan Academy Training Program Online, in part live onsite on request):
Single Tuition Instrumental-/Vocal Lesson
4in1-Ticket (valid for 3 months)
6-Months-Ticket (single tuition 30min./week, 26x, plus a weekly group class on Tuesdays, 5 p.m. CET)
– 108€/month (648€ total)
6-Months-Ticket (single tuition 1hr/week, 26x, plus a weekly group class on Tuesdays, 5 p.m. CET)
– 160€/month (960€ total)
Group Class on Tuesdays 5-6pm (if not included in your lesson plan)
Onsite offer – Daily Program in Boizenburg, Northern Germany
10:00 Rhythm of Gatka Class
10:30-13:30 1-on-1 Music Class &/or Group Practice
14.30-16:00 Group or Individual Class & Personal Practice
17:00 Riaz Group Music Practice
19:00-19:30 Evening Kirtan
Full Day program at the Academy
– 108€ (plus 73€-83€ ashram fee for Stay in Nivaas & Full Board/Day)
All requests for individually timed On-Site-Kirtan-Academy-Stays:
In addition to your course registration above, please always send us an email with preferred dates and duration of your stay, to be confirmed. Mata Mandir will be back at the Academy for the summer from mid-May.
Kirtan Intensive Retreats at GRD Kirtan Academy for current & (potential) future Kirtan Academy Students, all Levels
Upcoming dates: May 17 – 19, 2024 Onsite at Guru Ram Das Aquarian Academy
– 190€ (plus Ashram-Donation 138€-158€/ Nivaas Stay & Full Board for 2 full days)
The Kirtan Academy Intensive Retreats are running 4 times in a year. We recommend all students to participate in at least 2-3 of them to benefit of the live experience of Kirtan with other students and practitioners. The retreats are also a good way of getting to know Mata Mandir Singh & the Kirtan Academy as a potential place of future learning & studying.