Situated in brand new, state-of-the-art facilities at the heart of Chennai’s film and music industry, we offer a range of part-time and full-time courses in Hindustani and Western classical music and music technology.
Under the patronage of our founder, A.R. Rahman, we offer programmes for all ages and abilities. We are located in the purpose-built campus of KM College of Music and Technology, which also houses commercial recording studios and The Sunshine Orchestra for underprivileged children.
Our renowned faculty are drawn from around the world, with specialisms in musical performance, musical theory and analysis, music history and music technology.
We meet the highest standards of international education, attracting faculty and students from around the world, and we are proud to be affiliated to Middlesex University in London. Based on being an articulation and collaborative partner of Middlesex University, successful completion of our two year Diploma Programme of Higher Education in Music serves as a direct entry into the BA (Hons) Music Degree course of Middlesex University, which means our students have the chance to graduate from KMMC and go on to complete an internationally recognised honours degree in the UK.
A. R. Rahman serves as the Head Principal of the Conservatory, while Fathima Rafiq is our Executive Director with day-to-day oversight of all operations.
Foundation: The Foundation Certificate is a one-year programme (July-May) that builds the knowledge, skill and competency necessary for undergraduate education. The program lays the foundation of competence in Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Flute, Violin and Western and Hindustani classical music required to go on and obtain a degree in music.On Successful completion of the course, “Foundation Certificate in Music” is obtained.
Students joining the Foundation Certificate Programme run in articulation and collaborative partnership with Middlesex University need to abide by the regulations of The Middlesex University as per the information provided in the link below: www.mdx.ac.uk/regulations
3 Month Online Courses: The Preparatory programme is a part-time, one-year curriculum designed for music enthusiasts of any age, from five years upwards. It includes compulsory music theory class and practical music lessons and consists of weekly private and group lessons designed to develop a student’s musical skills at his or her own pace.
The course can either serve as a progression toward serious, full-time study on our Foundation Programme or simply towards enjoying music as a hobby or being able to perform confidently in public.
Musical Theatre: KMMCs new 1-year programme (August-May) in Musical Theatre brings together singing, acting, movement and dance into an intensive programme to train budding Musical Theatre stars. With around 8-hours of classes per week, this part-time programme is suited to those who have prior experience in any area of voice, theatre or dance and who would like to increase their skills in the multi-disciplinary form of Musical Theatre.
Preparatory: The Preparatory programme is a part-time, one-year curriculum designed for music enthusiasts of any age, from five years upwards. It includes compulsory music theory class and practical music lessons and consists of weekly private and group lessons designed to develop a student’s musical skills at his or her own pace.
Composition: The basis of our Certificate in Composition is a series of intensive, weekly studio sessions designed to enhance technical skills and creativity by working systematically and critically on students’ own compositional materials.The programme is delivered in a series of six-month Certificate Levels. The first three levels are taught in weekly, one-and-a-half hour group lessons, focused on strategies of improvisation as a tool for composing. The final three six-month Certificate Levels involve weekly hour-long private tutorials. The weekly sessions also cover subjects such as fugue, orchestration or advanced analysis, depending on the individual student’s needs and interests.Throughout the course, students also attend two-hour workshops, twice a month, focusing on key elements of compositional practice, including instrumentation, notation and setting pictures to sound. These also provide a unique forum for students to hear their work-in-process performed by instrumentalists from the Conservatory.
Russian Piano Studio: KM Music Conservatory offers an opportunity to be trained in an intensive one-year piano program under Surojeet Chatterji, a passionate mentor with a missionary zeal.In a simplified, step-by-step process, Mr Chatterji’s methodology, which was honed during his time as a scholarship student at the Russian Conservatoire, is unveiled. He demonstrates the anatomical, choreographical and emotive movements of the performer as he immerses his body and soul into the piano. The idea is to transform the otherwise percussive piano into something more like a vocal or string instrument, resonating in an exquisite, frictionless fluidity. By applying this to customised exercises, young learners find they have the speed and power to progress much faster than would be possible in conventional lessons.
Audio Engineering: Our Audio Engineering course offers an in-depth training in all the key aspects of professional audio engineering, covering a wide range of skills, from basic theories of sound through to recording, mixing and mastering. We also teach acoustics, audio for video, sound design, sound reinforcement and audio for broadcast.
Electronic Music Production: The Electronic Music Production at KM Music Conservatory is a rounded music course which covers many aspects of modern music production.Various stages in production such as composition, styles, song-forms, instrumentation are covered. Technical aspects such as voice and instrument recording, audio and midi editing on a digital audio workstation and a look into mixing using onboard plug-ins.
Certificate in Performance: The Certificate in Performance (CP) is a unique one-year programme for the aspiring musician who wishes to pursue focused, intensive, part-time study in vocal or instrumental training and performance.
The course allows performers to advance their practical skills without taking the full written and theory elements covered by our full-time Foundation programme.