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Contemporary music courses in Darjeeling, Sikkim by Trinity College of Music, London

Contemporary music courses in Darjeeling, Sikkim by Trinity College of Music, London
Trinity College of Music, London, is all set to offer certification courses and exams on contemporary music for music buffs in north Bengal and Sikkim. While the college had been providing courses and exam facilities on classical music for a long time in the region, this will be the first time that the ‘Rock and Pop’ department of the college will be offering exams on contemporary music in West Bengal.
“We are targeting Darjeeling Hills and Sikkim to start with in West Bengal, as there is immense talent for music out there,” Anmol Chandra Rai, the Director, NOIDA School of Rock, who is planning the entire affiliation and exam process in the region, said today.
He was speaking on the sidelines of a workshop here on Trinity certification courses on contemporary music. The workshop at Maitri Hall at the Jesuit Residence at Matigara was attended by over 100 budding musicians and music lovers. According to Mr Rai, Trinity exams on contemporary music will be held on drums, vocals, electric guitar, electric bass guitar and electronic keyboard.
Tyler Smith, who is considered the Rock and Pop ‘czar,’ told the workshop that the aim of the event was to teach the people good music. Mr Smith provides support to Trinity teachers, candidates and administrators around the world on the benefits and viability of Rock and Pop education, performance and asssment, according to the workshop organizers.  “The venture we have started will open doors for budding musicians in the region to pursue music courses of their choice, while it will also help them judge their standards in the international arena,” Mr Rai said.
According to him, similar workshops will be held at the Himalaya Kala Mandir in Darjeeling tomorrow morning, in the Town Hall in Kalimpong tomorrow afternoon, and at the Tashi Namgyal Academy in Gangtok on Saturday afternoon.
While one can register for the free workshop by dialing 09093253841 and 08145839335, the organizers said they plan to hold such workshops all through this year across India and Sri Lanka.
Mr Rai said he plans to open up a centre in the Hills where all the interested people can visit and pursue the courses and appear in the Trinity exams.(sns)

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