Tabla for Children

Firstly, we hope everyone is keeping well and safe. Due to the coronavirus we have moved all our teaching

on-line. If you are interested in remote lessons, we are offering an introductory 20 minute free taster session but you will need a pair of tablas. We are teaching through FaceTime and WhatsApp, to ensure a clear connection please sit near the wifi router. Also, you can try switching it on and off to help reboot the clarity. Text or ring me if you wish to find out more. Tel: 07877740248


Please make sure you wash your hands before and after playing the tabla. Keep your elders safe and do not share instruments with them. 


At the West London School of Tabla, we understand you want the best possible education for your child. We ensure that we teach tabla to children in a fun, friendly, creative environment, where young people have the freedom to develop a love and appreciation for music. Your child's learning is built on fundamental musical skills, that are continually developed throughout their time at the school.


The syllabus we use has been rigorously researched by Dr Frances Shepherd; a musicologist that is endorsed through The Open College Network (UK examination board). In order for British schools to appreciate classical Indian music standards, Dr Shepherd has taken care to apply the western music grading system, offering parents and teachers full confidence in its quality and status. In addition, the calibre of teaching has been approved by Ofsted and various other School Music Services. With such credentials, we approach your child’s music preparation with a high level of expertise and professionalism.


Tabla classes are kept small, in order to establish musical understanding and good habits from the beginning. Through regular practice at home and continuous assessments, we ensure children develop to their full potential. Pupils are expected to practice their tabla for 10-15 minutes a day, at least four times per week. If pupils reach the required standard, they are entered for graded exams during the Summer term.


We also train students in performance skills; teaching them how to recite music on stage is much more than just 'playing the right notes'. After acquiring this basic technique, the complex skill of musical expression and style is developed.  Through self awareness, students are taught to review their performance, to listen, to match note lengths with other players and to constructively examine their peers.





It is never too late to learn tabla, a non-exam based flexible programme is available for adults and is separate from the childrens classes.



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