Born from the parent programme ‘the Collaborative Music Schools in the Community programme’, the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism launched its first ever East Indian Music Schools’ community programme. The Indian Music Schools were launched formally by the Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism, Dr. the Honourable Lincoln Douglas on Friday , 9th May, 2014 at the Amarjyoth Sabha Mandir, Southern Main Road, Cunupia Eastern Main at 6:00 p.m.
The Parent programme ‘The Collaborative Music Schools in the Community programme’ was conceptualised as a mechanism to provide an opportune for youth development through education in musicology. The Ministry subscribes to the theory that music can provide an alternative to the youth who may otherwise be susceptible to the negative influences in society. In addition the Ministry also acknowledges Trinidad and Tobago’s diverse culture and as a consequence has extended its programme to include music education via the East Indian perspective, hence the launch of ‘Indian Music Schools.’
Participants are exposed to the fundamentals of music literacy through beginners and intermediate levels. In the first phase of the programme participants were exposed to tutoring on the Harmonium, Sitar, Tabla, Flute, Guitar and the Steelpan. As the programme progressed additional instruments of Indian origin, such as the Bansuri (Indian Flute) and the Satoor
Indian String Instrument) were included.