Teaching FAQ

Q: How do you teach?
A: My method is a lot more relaxed, but just as (if not more) effective, than most other forms of musical teaching. I proceed at the student’s pace to make sure they’re comfortable and have complete understanding of the styles and concepts being learned. Whatever their reasons are for learning the instrument, I’ll give them all the knowledge and guidance they’ll need to help them reach their goals.

Q: Do I need to be able to read music?
A: No, that isn’t necessary. I teach students to play “by ear” so they will be able to express themselves instantly, without having to refer to any music sheets.

Q: How often should I take lessons?
A: For complete beginners and intermediate players, once a week is ideal. I wouldn’t recommend less than 1 lesson every 2 weeks.

Q: What is the recommended age to begin Sitar lessons?
A: Children aged six years and upwards can begin taking Sitar lessons, and they can start even younger if they learn on a small-sized Sitar.

Q: How long does it take to learn an instrument?
A: It varies from student to student, depending on their aptitude, discipline, and how often they are able to study and practice. With regular practice, a student should reach a basic level of proficiency within a few months. Most of my students take lessons long term because they enjoy their lessons so much and want to continue improving.

Q: I would like to learn Hindustani Vocal, but I have never taken singing lessons before. Could you still teach me?
A: Just like learning any instrument for the first time, the keys are perseverance and being passionate about learning! If you already enjoy Hindustani Vocal to the extent you want to know more about it, or if you ever find yourself absent-mindedly humming along to your favourite Indian songs, I can teach you how to sing and help you achieve your musical goals. Even if you’ve never taken any singing lessons before or are shy about the idea of singing in front of anybody, you’ll feel your confidence and abilities quickly beginning to grow.

Q: Could I help my child practice, even if I don’t have any musical ability?
A: Of course. That’s not only a fantastic way to encourage your child and support their hard work, it’s a lovely opportunity to take a musical journey together. I will be very happy to give you advice on how to help your child practice. After all, you are your child’s best coach!

Q: Can I just take one month of lessons?
A: Trying to learn an instrument in such a short time isn’t giving yourself, or your teacher, much of a chance! Playing an instrument is a physical skill and, like any physical skill, it needs constant reputation. You’ll need to allow more than one month if you want to achieve any genuine results! However, I don’t require a minimum commitment for lessons and you can discontinue your lessons at any time.

Q: What should I do if I want to know anything else?
A: Get in touch! I’m always available to help and you’ll find a contact form and contact details on this website.


Thank you very much for the lesson - it was great and I learned loads.

Vijay Bhai is the most amazing person/guru I have ever known. The way he teaches the Sitar is beautiful, and very calming and easy to understand. Each process is taught so well. I feel so lucky to have him teach me!”
My 10-year-old daughter and I have been learning Sitar from Pandit Vijay Jagtap since November last year. From the very first lesson, we both came away feeling very peaceful.  He’s kind, tolerant, patient, cultured, expert in his field and enjoys what he teaches. As for myself, have learnt a lot more in the last few months with Pandit Vijay Jagtap. I would most definitely recommend this teacher. We are both really enjoying our lessons… so much so that I’m waiting for my next child to be old enough to learn from him too!
Vrinda Kishori

Mr. Jagtap is a true diamond! I am SO delighted to have met him. I am taking Sitar lessons and am truly enjoying every session. He is genuinely professional in many Indian instruments including my favorite Sitar. His teaching method is really excellent I learned the basics in a couple of sessions! I’m so grateful for his kindness!

Sarwar Haidari
Engineer UK
I found Vijay’s style of teaching very clear, his manner very encouraging, and the atmosphere totally comfortable. I thoroughly enjoyed it
Guru Vijay Jagtap-ji’s patient hands-on teaching makes music really accessible. Being able to receive one-to-one instruction over nearly two decades has been a privilege
Dr Ondrej Pribyl
IT company director, London
Vijay is an excellent teacher and great artist, and I was impressed by his style of teaching
Ipswich, Suffolk, England

When I had my first lesson with Vijay my intention was to have a one off class, but in that first hour I learned so much and I understood there was so much more to learn that I immediately signed up for 10 classes.

Santiago Alegrett
Sound Engineer UK
Vijay is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He has a deep-rooted understanding of every aspect of Sitar music which he offers generously to all his students

Vijay is a truly wonderful sitar player! He creates a very beautiful sound that was perfect for our event. Our guests were all very complimentary of his music and Vijay was professional and organised to work with.

Anna Beketov
I am very happy that I found Vijayji. Guruji teaches in a way which is clear and understandable for the student. His lessons are very informative and enjoyable.
Dr Ashwin
Vijay is patient and takes you through each step. I like the way we sing together following the notation, just like reciting a song. It helps me to play the instrument better”
Medical professional, London
It was an amazing performance leaving an everlasting impression over our minds.
Dr Prakash Kumar
Medical Specialist, Reading England
Tonight, I had my first Sitar lesson with Vijay. It was one of the most amazing hours of my life. I wish more teachers out there could be like him
There is something very spiritual about Indian classical music and my lessons with Vijay always tap into this spirituality. I finish each lesson feeling calm and revitalized
Lawyer/Writer, London

Ustad Jagtap-ji is an excellent teacher. His passion and love for music is manifested through his teaching.

Medical Professional, London, England

We thank you for the music you played 'for us'. How truly delightful it was and it was a magical moment for us to hear it.

Mike and Lynda
Thank you for the invaluable Riyaz session today. I am very happy to have attended as it inspires me to practice and play today. Best wishes.
I found the first lesson very relaxed and focused. The teaching style was friendly and I was very pleased to have been able to learn a scale within the first session
Gurpreet G
Medical Professional, Cambridge, England
Thank you, Guruji, for continuing to teach the children via Zoom during this pandemic. The kids have thoroughly enjoyed your Tabla lessons
Sai School London
One of the most highly acclaimed British-based Sitar artists. He is renowned for both his technical excellence and brilliance on strings
London, England
Incredible sitar playing. I love the sensitivity of your playing, and I would love to come and watch you play very much. Please let me know the next time you’re performing
Colin Gall, London

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