This course should be taken by anyone who has interest in poetry, song writing, music, and music technology. You don’t have to be a musician to take this class, as long as you love music and are ready to dig into making it yourself.
At the end of this course, students will be able to create songs from scratch, writing their own lyrics, and creating electronic arrangements for them. They will be able to record instruments and voices, to make professional quality recordings. We’ll even cover how the music industry works, and how song writers get paid in this digital era.
Aditya (Ady) is passionate about music and songwriting, and is an established singer-songwriter in the indie (independent) music scene in India. He has been playing live gigs and festivals for years, and officially released his debut EP globally last year in December. Over the years, Ady has worked with renowned music producers, collaborated with youtube stars and has had his music reviewed by almost all known publications, including the Rolling Stone India, Rock Street Journal etc. His music combines acoustic melodies with simple bi-lingual songwriting structures: “The blues enthusiast who blends Hindi and Western soundscapes.” – The Hindu Newspaper. He is also the co-founder and director of ‘The Big Gig’, a local music festival in Mussoorie and has hosted several other local music events.
Ady is a Dorm Supervisor at Woodstock School and has eight years’ experience working with international students. He has been involved in a number of international summer programs for students with Putney Student Travels, including in Nepal, Bhutan, Rajasthan and will also be leading a programme for National Geographic student expedition this year.
Aditya Balani is a multi-faceted guitarist, singer-songwriter, music producer and educator from New Delhi, India. He is the co-founder and director at Global Music Institute, one of the leading music colleges in the country. He is an Ableton Certified Trainer and he constantly strives to bring innovate teaching methodologies for his harmony, songwriting, music production and guitar courses. Aditya’s work has transcended stylistic and international borders and has been featured on BBC Asia Beats, MTV Coke Studio, Pepsi MTV Indies, and BBC Radio to name a few. Constants and Variables (EP) won him Best Pop Artist at the Radio City Freedom Awards ’15, semi-finalist at the International Songwriting Competition 2016 & 18, and has been listed among the Top 10 EP’s of 2015 by Rolling Stone India. Aditya’s debut album Answers released in 2013 to public and critical acclaim, features his fretless guitar work, cinematic compositions intertwined with jazz and world music influences. His song Quicksand featured on Jazz Revelation Records, was nominated for best song (Jazz/Blues) at the BIG STAR Indian Music Academy Awards ’10.