Mridanga Studios
Learn Kirtan Instruments

FAQ

 FAQ

What do I need to get started?

  • The instrument - contact us if you need help acquiring one.

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone to live stream a video call.

  • A PayPal account or some other means of payment. We only accept payments made in advance of class; no post-payment (see Terms and Policy below).

Which is better: online or in-person classes?

Both have their advantages. In-person classes allow the teacher to play in unison with you. While online classes, give you the convenience of your home and allow the teacher to send you videos, documents, and other content with greater ease.

Overall, there is no difference in learning outcomes, and any disadvantages can be easily overcome.

Is okay to learn more than one instrument at a time?

We recommend learning one at a time. We have found that once you master one, the others become easier to learn, so it’s probably more efficient that way. But we have seen good results from either approach and it also depends on the student.

How long will it take to learn?

It mostly depends on the following factors:

  • Focus of the student.

  • Practice habits.

  • How often they take classes.

If a student optimizes the above they will certainly learn quickly. It also depends to what level of skill the student is hoping to get to. For example, to play Mridanga basically for a Kirtan it can take a few months if not a few weeks.

How often should I practice?

We recommend practicing 5 mins everyday and increase by 1 min/week until you reach 30 mins/day. This method of practice is based on the Kaizen method of incremental learning which we have found effective and sufficient to master any instrument. The important element here is consistency. Try to practice everyday and not miss as much as possible. In Sanskrit there is a term known as “sadhana” which means “daily, consistent practice”; it is process recommended by the Vedas (ancient texts) for attainment of mastery in any skill area.

Terms and Policy

A 30 minute class is expected to be 25-30 minutes; likewise an hour class is 55-60 minutes. That variable 5 minute buffer (though not always sufficient) is to account for occasional technical difficulties and other delays.

Classes are all pre-paid at a minimum of 4 weeks in advanced. Payments are generally made through PayPal, but we accept other forms of payment such as Venmo, cash, or direct deposits. If you ever wish to cancel your classes, as long as you give us a 24 hour notice, we can fully refund the remaining classes.

We uphold a 24 hour cancellation policy, which means that if you need to change your scheduled class timing for whatever reason (besides emergencies), you need to give us a minimum of a 24 hour cancellation notice preferably through text or email. A cancellation without such a notice will be charged for as a regular class. This standard makes our service easier to perform.

Our service to the student entails instruction and materials. If the student would like to learn something specific, we can transcribe tunes or rhythms either during class time or out of class time if we deem it relevant to the rest of our students of the particular instrument.

General instructions: come to class on-time with your book, instrument, phone and/or webcam ready for the lesson. Homework will be posted on the Skype chat at the end of class, so check it if you are uncertain. For online class you need to install and create accounts in Skype, WhatsApp, and PayPal.

Finally, contact us if you have any further questions,

352-215-6010 | mridangastudios@gmail.com