Dhruv Kothari

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Bongo, Tabla, Audition Prep from Berklee Alumni
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Dhruv Kothari has been playing the tabla since he was six years old. He received his Bachelor's in Music Studies from SOAS, University of London, where he gained exposure to the different music cultures of the world. He then went on to complete his Master's in Contemporary Studio Performance from Berklee College of Music, Valencia, where along with acquiring studio recording skills,he also got to learn Cuban percussion (congas and bongo). In addition to teaching tabla online, he also worked for a year as an Assistant Professor of Music at a university called FLAME in Pune, India. Currently, he is teaching and further honing his performing skills at the Saptak School of Music in Ahmedabad, India. 

Dhruv firmly believes that it is absolutely essential to get the basics right before moving/rushing on to anything further. He also encourages his students to question things rather than simply to follow and reproduce. Since Indian Classical music is an oral tradition, it is important to recite the rhythmic phrases/syllables vocally before learning how to reproduce them on the instrument.  Teaching is a process in which both the student and the teacher can learn as opposed to just a one-way process. Mutual understanding is necessary to make the entire process productive and fun. 

Reviews of lessons with Dhruv Kothari

Initially I was skeptical, how this online teaching works for my kids in learning Tabla. They went to live in person classes before trying online class. To my surprise they actually liked online class better, I think all the credit goes to Dhruv. He made them very comfortable and it was very easy to interact with him in the class. His teaching style is also very good, and he seems to be well versed in his subject knowledge. I am sure any adult/child will have a great time with Dhruv as a teacher.
Rani, Parent of Verified Student
November 26th, 2017
Initially both Dhruv and I had issue to send invitation for video conference. But with tech support's help it resolved very quickly. Support team response is awesome.
Shub Chowdhury
September 22nd, 2017