Admission : Admission or enrollment in all of our classes at all locations is open throughout the year, unless specified otherwise. Students are accepted from age 4. June marks the end of the academic year with a students' recital. Intensive Summer classes are offered during July and August. Students are interviewed in person or over the phone before admission, during which the level of the student, if the admitted, is also determined.
Class structure : Group classes are offered in three levels - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. The size of each group class varies between 4 to 10 students. Group alocation is done usually based on student's level of performance. Change of level is also done based on student's achievement.
Registration : Once admitted, the student needs to register. A simple form for each specific subject is to be duly filled in and submitted along with advanced payment for the session. In case of joining in the middle of a session, payment will be calculated for the remaining of the session. If more than one person is registering from the same family, 10% discount on the second student and 15% on the third student's tuition fee is offered. College students paying for their own tuition, may approach us for special discount, if needed. There is always a registration fee for every session.
For private lessons there is a one-time $10 registration fee. Tuition for each private lesson should be paid at the beginning of the lesson.
Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card. Check should be made out as instructed in the registration form. For credit card payment there is a 4% additional fee.
Advance payemtn for classses at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music in NYC is valid for six months from the date of first lesson.
Cancellation and absence : Chhandayan will not be responsible for cancellation of class due to natural or national disaster or emergency. If Chhandayan has to cancel a class due to any other reason, we will try to reschedule the class or offer an option for a make-up class. If a student is unable to commit to the rescheduled class, he or she will be credited for it. There will, however, be no credit after commitment. If the student is unable to attend a class, there is no refund, credit or make-up option.
Withdrawal and refund : The decision to withdraw from a class needs to be communicated and confirmed within two days of the second class after registration. If withdrawal is confirmed after first class, full refund less the cost of the first class is offered. If withdrawal is confirmed after second class 50% refund less the cost of two class is offered. There is no refund for withdrawal after the third class from registration.
End of the Year Recital : The 2012 Students' Recital will be held on Saturday, June 23rd from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music, 4 West 43rd Street, #616, New York, NY 10036.
Rules to remember :
a) It is customary to address the Guru as Guruji or by adding the suffix 'ji' to any part of the Guru's name.
b) Facing the Guru with one's feet is considered disrespectful in Indian culture. If one needs to stretch, please avoid directing your feet toward the Guru.
c) Please wear decent and suitable clothing in the class.
d) Always inform Chhandayan or the Guru in advance about absence.
e) Always come prepared with instruments (if needed), notebook and a small recording device (if allowed or advised by the Guru).
f) Practice daily for the duration as advised by the Guru.
g) Come to class 10 mts. early.
May 1st, 2007 -
Today I taught the first successful online lesson to a student in Tokyo, Japan. It was from 7 to 8 a.m. New York time and 9 to 10 p.m. Tokyo time. The student wasn't an absolute beginner and his concentration was quite good. We were able to accomplish quite a bit - a Delhi Qayeda with the theme in single and double times, 5 variations and a tehai; the Theka of Tintaal and the first Tukra (dhadha tuntun), which I now call 'Jingle Bell of Tabla'. He already has the book to add to the lesson. Hope you will feel encouraged to hear this. - Samir Chatterjee
August 31st, 2008
After the first online lesson with the student in Tokyo there have been many successful online lessons within North America. Today I started a series of lesson with a student of mine who now lives in England. The lesson went really well. We were both happy with what we could accomplish. - Samir Chatterjee
The online lesson has been going on extremely well since its inception. I have covered enormous distances with great success. I have offered lessons from Afghanistan to a student in Pennsylvania, from Calcutta to a student in Vienna, Austria. Lessons between New York / New Jersey and Chicago or Phoenix is a regular occurance. Studnets, who would otherwise have been without a proper teacher, are now making great progress. - Samir Chatterjee