This course includes:
*Ten pre-recorded 90 minute lessons + 60 minute kirtan with Allison Dennis and lifetime access to the class video recordings
*Heart of Yoga School Chant Book: a fully transliterated chant book with over a hundred mantras and kirtan chants.
*Lifetime access to the digital Kirtan Music Library with over 50 video tutorials and instructional charts: you can chew on this material for years to come as you build your repertoire of chants.
*A complementary one hour private tutoring session with Allison
*The Sanskrit 101 course on Teachable: nine 20-ish minute classes on Sanskrit pronunciation
*A talk with Dr. Robert Svoboda on the topic of Indian music, gurus, and cultural appropriation
*A talk with Prem Sadasivananda on the topic of Sanskrit
*A talk with K. Sridhar on the topic of Indian music
Optional private session add-ons:
*As this course is pre-recorded, it is recommended that you add on weekly or monthly private harmonium and sanskrit tutoring sessions with Allison for as little as $50 per hour. Book private sessions here.
Who is this course for?
*Brand new beginners
*Anyone who wants to learn to read the charts in the Heart of Yoga School Music Library
*Westerners who want to bring more of India into their already established mantra or kirtan practice
*Mature and interested children, with some musical background, who want to learn kirtan music
*Those who love kirtan and want to be in satsang to deepen their understanding of kirtan music
*To learn at least one simple sanskrit chant on the harmonium and understand it's raga (what scale it's in), tala (rhythm), melody, pronunciation, meaning, and how to read the transliteration.
*To develop a shared vocabulary around Indian music and bhakti yoga, the yoga of love and devotion.
*To be open to and sensitive around how not to culturally appropriate Indian wisdom systems and religious practices. Understanding the culture helps you understand the concepts. We will collectively endeavor to understand this music as it is relative to India; her daughter so to speak.
*To better understand your voice and know what key you are most comfortable singing in
*To be introduced to a variety of traditional practices that are effective neuroplasticity exercises that increase focus and uplift the mind
*To better understand your loving nature as your core values are enlivened through singing.
*Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to navigate the Music Library and have the tools to comprehend the content
An Ocean of Sound:
Indian music is a vast ocean of sound and mysticism which serves as an inexhaustible source of inspiration and healing. I believe this introductory course will send your heart down paths of revelation and discovery around kirtan, the harmonium, and the beautiful sanskrit language.
Studying Indian music and sanskrit is like ascending a ladder up to the ancient mind by way of old sound wisdoms. These wisdoms are enduring, earthy, and rely on an ongoing interest in connecting to something bigger than the small self and the ego.
Indian music teaches how to listen and, for an already developed Western ear, it teaches us to listen differently in so many ways. What better medicine could we give the planet right now than the willingness to switch frequencies, listen, and be lifted up through our immersion in this ocean of sound?
What is Indian Music?
The math of emotion, Indian music weaves a sonic web that creates a somatic experience. A raga is a song, a story, or improvisation built on a foundation of notes. Tala is time, rhythm, or the field which gives the song her existence. Mixed around in this milieu of sound also lives the alluring shrutis, the notes in-between notes.
Songs are expressions of desire colored by the sound of distances; just like our longing, grief, and elation.
Indian music fills in empty spaces, vibrates, and has a direct effect.
What is Sanskrit?
Sound and oral transmission were highly revered in ancient India, and the Sanskrit language is built on the premise that sound vibration is the meaning, is the object itself. The religious texts of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism are all in Sanskrit.
This is not a language of semantics where the word implies the meaning of something. Instead, Sanskrit is a language where the sound itself creates the meaning.
Pronunciation is important as we want to create the vibrational meaning we intend.
What is a Harmonium?
The harmonium is a French instrument developed in the 1840's by Alexandre Debain. It was adopted by Indians and Middle Easterners because of its vibratory nature.
Essentially a pump organ, harmoniums have reeds that create tones when air blows through.
How do I buy a harmonium for the course?
Please email my friends in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India at: [email protected] and mention that you are taking a course with K. Sridhar’s American student Allison.
Ask Saptaswara Musicals about their money back guarantee if the instrument arrives damaged.
I suggest a double reeded harmonium without a coupler. At least seven stops. You don’t need anything fancy. With shipping it should cost $500-ish.
Here's what people are saying about An Ocean of Sound:
This course inspired in me, a deeper connection to the healing benefits of Indian music and with that, a deeper connection to the heart opening aspects of singing and playing the harmonium. Allison's teachings are well paced and clear. Her teaching style is heart based and you can easily feel her love of the practice through the screen. And don't even get me started about the MUSIC LIBRARY! I am so grateful to have found Allison and this program.
Ocean of Sound is a brilliant resource for anyone wishing to explore the truly bottomless ocean of bhakti. -Sri Devi Melissa Urey
Allison has helped me fall more into love with Indian music, and has taught me things that have helped me better understand how to play it more skillfully myself. I've had a harmonium for ten years, but now I really understand so much more about chanting and playing and I'm excited to keep learning more as I dig into the music library packed full of songs to learn! - Paula Crossfield
It was such a wonderful course! I found it very approachable. I was able to quickly learn chanting fundamentals and also love that at my fingertips are endless possibilities for building my skills and practice! After being intimidated by the harmonium for some time, I was so pleasantly surprised about how this class went and how interwoven into my practice playing the harmonium has become. - Lauren Thie