I always find an easy way for students to learn music

Meet Praneet Marathe, musician-university develops a new-age notation system, structured online learning modules for music.

Harmonium player and skilled teacher, Praneet is one of the selections from a rich heritage of Hindustani classical music in India. Known for developing learning environments, teaching and peer review at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya musical institution founded in 1932, he is now revolutionizing the online music teaching and learning system in the country.

Marathe suggests that this new material be used to train students in basic and advanced concepts.

Speaking about the new system, he says, “For virtual students, the new system that I developed could be input on digital devices, thus eliminating the need for custom keyboards as it uses readily available symbols. Plus, beats, swaras and taal all can be written in one line which is very easy to follow. ”

According to Marathe, students can type and document compositions while a guru sings or plays an instrument. And with the help of a custom application, this grading can be easily converted to traditional grading systems using software.

Experts of an interview with Praneet


My musical journey began when I was six years old. I developed an interest and started learning my father’s Harmonium by listening to him play in concerts and while he was teaching students. Soon at the age of 12 I played my first concert and since then I have performed with many mainstays of Indian classical music in India and abroad. I have performed in major concerts such as Pune Festival, Yuva Sange, and Samaroh Pune to name a few. I also accompanied them in concerts for All India Radio. I received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of the Indian government for Harmonium. I played an important role in the creation of a curriculum for music studies by Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, the development of learning materials, as a harmonium faculty and I was also an examiner in the committee valued.

Rating system

History – Music has surrounded us for centuries. Classical music is based on the imagination and musicians have created compositions in various languages ​​as well as different musical forms. For decades and centuries, music has been taught primarily in oral form where the guru transmits his knowledge to his followers. However, the saints of the Vedic era began to try to document the compositions.

Recent Developments – In the modern era, after the 1850s, two musicians -Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar and Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande created a grading system which is still in use and is used for teaching everywhere as well as as a grading system in books.

Need for a new system – However, in the modern digital age things are changing and there is a need to reorganize the grading system as the ways of learning, the ways or the practice (Riyaz) have changed

Description of the new system – The Paluskar and Bhatkhande swarlipi (scoring system) is intuitive but requires effort to write on paper. Today, as things have gone digital, gurus are teaching music online. It is very difficult to take notes while listening to a guru. It would require more time and resources like custom keyboard layout as the symbols and structure are very complex.

What the new system offers – The new system I developed can be used on a mobile, tablet or PC using a regular keyboard, as things have been simplified using symbols easily available. Additionally, beats, swaras, and taal can all be written on one line which is very easy to follow.

How it works

In a music notation system, there are fundamental components -?

1. Symbols for Matras

2. Symbols for Komal,

Teevra swar, Mandra saptak, taar saptak

3. Indicators of Taal matra

4. Bowl (in case of vocal)

In the traditional Paluskar system, for an instrumental musical composition (which has no bowl / lyrics, only swaras), a multiline system is used where, for example, the 1st row contains the swaras, in the second row – the swaras. matras and indicators 3rd taal. This makes formatting very crucial. If the swaras, matras, indicators are not aligned, it can lead to misinterpretation. The new system makes it easier and has it all in one line – Taal indicators followed by swars followed by matras, so there is a 3-4 character grouping for each swara. It uses some of Paluskar lipi’s symbols to make it easier for people to understand and introduces new symbols readily available on the computer keyboard for easier typing on digital devices.

Idea and inspiration

Over time, as more and more students started to learn music online, it became more and more difficult for teachers to train students. Many teachers who have not already printed the required materials spend hours and hours writing composition notes, taking pictures, and sharing them with their students. They cannot use the tools on the computer because the script symbols are not available. Special fonts and software are needed to digitize the notation, which requires specialized resources. And as we move forward with the way music is taught, there are a few things that should change as well, including the grading system.

While teaching at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, I felt the need for a system that was easier to write, easier to verify, and easier to follow. When it comes to examining students, one cannot use the traditional online system. As a music teacher and performer, I always think of ways to make it easier for students to learn and practice music.

Students are learning music online more than ever. It is difficult for the guru or the teacher to see how well the students take notes or to check for errors

How students can access and use it for students

How to access To use the system, students should know the symbols and the frame. Students could learn and follow this from the books published by Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune.

use for students, this system is language independent and it can be used in any language – hindi, english, marathi. Students could take notes while listening to the guru on a digital device and send it to the guru for checking and the guru could instantly check it and suggest changes.

Any musician, teacher, student can easily take notes of their ideas as they arise without the need for pen and paper. There can be so much that can be done down the line. The possibilities are endless, for example creating a new keyboard for mobile apps that only has the symbols and letters needed, eliminating clutter. An application could also be developed which takes this rating as input and converts the rating into traditional rating systems.

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