The Delhi School of Music which
was established by the Delhi
Music Society, is currently the premier institution
for the teaching of western classical music in the Capital.
In fact it is probably the only non-profit institution
of its kind in northern India. It caters to between
800 and 900 students annually, and provides instruction
on musical instruments (piano, guitar, violin, cello,
flute and recorder), singing and dance.
The School came into being in 1966 under the direction
of Dr. H. J. Koellreutter, a musician and composer who
was also the head of the Max Mueller Bhavan in Delhi.
From 1970 onwards, the school has been headed by a succession
of experienced Indian teachers with qualifications in
western classical music, notably Mr H.P. Palamkote who
nurtured the School for more than two decades. The other
teachers are also qualified to teach western classical
music. The efforts put in by the early Office bearers
of the Society resulted in their obtaining a plot of
land in Chanakyapuri and, in the seventies, raising
the building that currently houses the School. During
the Golden Jubilee year, some floors were added to the
existing structure resulting in more space for the school
The School also functions as a centre for the examinations
of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music,
England, as well as of the Trinity College of Music,
London. There is a growing emphasis not just on individual
performance but on ensemble playing, aural development
and music appreciation. The staff and students of the
School benifit from the workshops conducted by both
visiting artistes and other musicians. Periodically,
there are pupils' concerts that acquaint the students
with performace protocols etc.
Mr. John Raphael (Director)
Mr. S.P. Madan (Administrator)
Mr. Saju Mathew (Supervisor)
The present student profile is:
Total number of students - 1075
Piano - 301
Guitar - 318
Violin - 146
Electronic Keyboard - 120
Wind Instruments (Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Recorder,
Harmonica) - 31,
Drums - 59
Voice - 100
The school faculty comprises 47 teachers.
As in past years, some students of the school have also
received scholarships to continue with their music education.
These scholarships are open to all students. They offer
a waiver of fees ranging from 25% to 90%.
Several students of the School have gone on for higher
musical studies to Moscow, London, New York, Vienna,
Prague and Rome. Some of the successful alumni include:
Surojeet Chatterji, who went on to receive a degree
from the Moscow Conservatoire; Gavin Martin, who has
performed with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin
Mehta; Priya Singh who studied in Prague and Andrea
D'Souza who studied in Austria and now teaches there.