Session 1 begins with explaining the Swara, i.e. Musical note, and the Saptak i.e. the musical scale, as used by Indian Classical Music.
Session 2 explains the fundamental and unique concept of the Raga, or a melodic theme, which becomes the sole purpose of a musical presentation. The rules related to the formation of a raga, and its presentation are explained.
Session 3 goes on to look at the Rhythm aspect, and explains the concepts of Laya, and the Tala which is based on the concept of Avartan, or repetition of a rhythmic cycle.
Understanding these fundamental elements, the Swara , Raga and Laya/Tala, prepares the student to explore them further, and see how these are actually used in a performance, in subsequent courses.
Each session comprises of a number of instructional videos explaining the concepts, and audio practice exercises, which help a student experience the concepts for themselves, and also develop musical skills.
A Quiz at the end of each session, and an assessment exercise, evaluated and graded, helps one check on the progress.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.