"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning."


SaPa in Schools (SIS) is a program that provides high quality music education as part of the school curriculum.  

The SaPa in Schools program was started in 2014, with the vision of violin legend Dr. L. Subramaniam and Bollywood icon Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, and is headed by Bindu and Ambi Subramaniam. It also draws from the expertise of the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, founded in 2007 to create the next generation of performers, and is associated with the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, which has presented global music around the world over the last twenty-five years.

Why SaPa in Schools

Have you heard of the Mozart effect?

Scientists ran a test in which college students were given a number of spatial tasks to do, such as trace a path out of a paper maze. Those who listened to Mozart first did the task measurably faster and more accurately than those who didn’t. It turns out that music lights up the same part of the brain that grapples with spatial skills—vital for understanding higher math and other subjects.


Learning music has been proven to have a number of positive benefits on children

  • Music engages the brain while stimulating neural pathways associated with such higher forms of intelligence as abstract thinking, empathy, and mathematics.
  • Music's melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory.
  • Music is an integral part of Indian culture, and often called the finest of fine arts. Teaching classical music to children is an important way in which traditional culture can be preserved and passed on to coming generations.
  • Indian music is one of the oldest and most systematic styles of music, and can be used as a base for learning and understanding almost every style of music around the world.
  • Music is a creative experience which involves expression of feelings. This is a positive way for children to emote.
  • It is also widely believed that peace, tolerance and cooperation should be promoted among young children, who are the leaders of tomorrow. Music provides a platform to address serious issues in a light hearted manner without imposing or preaching on young minds.
  • Children have a natural curiosity and they can celebrate diversity.  By providing young children with access to global music, they have an avenue to explore and understand different cultures and relate it back to their own, and reduce misconceptions and misunderstandings
  • Music encourages teamwork as well as the overall positive feeling that comes with collaborating toward a common goal.
  • Music is meant to be performed, developing the courage to stand up in front of an audience boosts confidence

The SaPa in Schools Methodology

The strength of our program is well-researched age appropriate teaching methodologies which includes activities, books, audio and video material, student assessment and teacher training. We work with Indian and global music, and teach art not only for arts’ sake, but also the context around music.


The program works as follows:

  • SaPa collaborates with the school and sets up the learning environment to teach Global music to the children from the age of 3 years to 16 years.
  • SaPa provides each student with learning material including a book and app based access to audio material
  • Students have at least one period of music per week, which is timetabled.
  • Learning is activity based, and students also have access to simple instruments and specially created video content.
  • SaPa trains the school's existing music faculty or provide SaPa certified faculty. Teachers are trained on both syllabus and methodology
  • At the end of the academic year, assessments are conducted for students by external examiners and certifications are provided
  • The program is prescriptive for whatever age group is decided by the school
  • SaPa will design a music room on the school campus
  • SaPa conducts two workshops per year at the school, where professional musicians will perform for and interact with the students
  • We work with the school and can customize the program to suit the needs of the school

SaPa in Schools Differentiators and Innovation

  • SaPa integrates best practices of music education from around the world and has created a pedagogy which is thoroughly researched, scientifically proven, age appropriate and activity based.
  • SaPa trains Indian teachers to teach global music. We have researched and simplified global music, distilling important points and relating it to music they know. We bring together music teachers around the world, this results in shared competencies. Collaborations with globally prominent institutions help us provide quality teacher training.
  • Global artists conduct live workshops and give live performances all free of cost for the students. This gives an opportunity for talented artists to reach new audiences. We have also managed to bring even the most complex music from the greatest musicians to the classrooms in the form of videos we have created
  • With a view to achieving a higher quality of music education by integrating best practices from other parts of the world, SaPa has entered into collaborations with globally-prominent institutes like the Norwegian Academy of Music and Royaumont to name a few.
  • We also partner with World’s Largest Lesson, UNICEF and Comics Uniting Nations to bring the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to children in India and aim to connect them to children across the globe
  • Patronage of the Founders Dr L Subramaniam http://indianviolin.com/and Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam http://kavitaks.com/
  • Access to inputs and interaction with our network of world class musicians

If you want to have SaPa in Schools Program in your school, contact us!