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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you very much for the lesson - it was great and I learned loads.
Ustad Jagtap-ji is an excellent teacher. His passion and love for music is manifested through his teaching.
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!
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