5-Unit Course.
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We will start out with an introduction to Indian music and ragas, along with the basics of the keyboard notes and notation we will use in this course. The four ragas and bhajan for each raga are:

• Shankarabharanam: Guru Charanam
• Mohanam: Amritanandamayi Jai Jai
• Shuddha Dhanyasi: Bandha Krishna
• Yaman Kalyani: Arati

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You are invited to learn this sacred instrument. Enrollment is open!

Course Details

  • Enrollment is open

    You can enroll for this self-paced course at any time. When you order this course, the first unit of materials will be visible on your student dashboard immediately upon enrollment.

  • New lessons every 2 weeks

    Materials will be released to you in intervals of two weeks after your unique enrollment date. Video lessons for each raga and bhajan include on-demand videos of live interactive classes, handouts, practice exercises, and short demo videos.

  • Self-paced and progressive

    Progressive harmonium lessons on-demand and at your own pace. 5 Units of lessons. Access videos for one year from date of enrollment.

  • Special Guest Instructors

    Exclusive guest instructors such as Amma's senior disciples Swami Amritaswarupananda, Swamini Suvidyamrita Prana and Brahmachari Madhavamrita Chaitanya

  • Learning as a sadhana

    Our unique program incorporates Amma's teachings to bring spirituality into your musical journey. Delve deep into yourself as you learn the harmonium.

  • What you will need

    Harmonium or electronic musical keyboard. A small portable keyboard, larger keyboards, and non-electric keyboards (pianos) are also fine.

Harmonium Instructor

Swarna Iyer

Swarna Iyer has had the opportunity to be a musician in Amma’s musical repertoire and play keyboard and harmonium for Amma on all of her world tours since 1992, as well as at Amma’s Ashram in Kerala and Indian Tours. Swarna met Amma in 1987 at age 13, with little musical skill and was invited to sit on stage by Amma for Amma’s Bhajans. Within a year or so, Swarna picked up playing harmonium and was soon playing for the swamis, Amma’s senior disciples who are also extremely accomplished musicians.

At age 21, in 1995, Amma called Swarna to play harmonium for Amma on stage during the October program in Paris. This incredible experience led to many more wonderful opportunities for Swarna to play for Amma, and within a few years she picked up playing keyboard. Having had no formal training whatsoever, Swarna completely attributes her musical capabilities to Amma’s inspiration and is extremely grateful to Amma for these precious experiences.

"Pure music is as big as space. It is the secret of allowing the pure sound of the universe to flow through you."


- Amma

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome Unit

    • Opening Prayer

    • Important Information & Contact Info

    • Welcome Letter and Course Overview

    • Welcome to Harmonium: Level One!

    • Course Syllabus

    • How Long Does the Course Take?

    • Inner Reflection

  • 2

    Forum Link & Email for Questions

    • Forum Link (Music Community)

    • Email Swarna (Instructor) Directly

  • 3

    Course Resources

    • Rhythm Loop Apps

    • Apps for Tambura & Tabla Loops: iTambura and Sur Sadhak Demo

    • Suggested Book: Svarasudha - PDF Purchase Link

  • 4

    GETTING STARTED: The Harmonium, Ragas & Basic Concepts

    • A Quick Note…

    • Video 1: Let’s Get Started

    • Video 2: Harmonium and Melody

    • Video 3: What is a Raga?

    • Figure 1: Swaras and Their Relative Positions on the Keyboard

    • Video 4: Shruti and Harmonium Basics

    • Notes & Main Points

    • Video 5: Notes of the Keyboard in Western Notation

    • Video 6: Notes of the Keyboard in Indian Notation

    • Video 7: Examples of Various Ragas in Bhajans

    • Ragas Commonly Used in Bhajans and Examples

  • 5

    GETTING STARTED: Supplemental Materials

    • Coupler Feature Demo

    • Knobs of the Two Reed Harmonium

    • The Paul & Co Harmonium

  • 6

    GETTING STARTED: Saraswati Puja

    • Lighting the Lamp of Knowledge

    • Lyrics - Sakala Kala Devate

    • Audio - Sakala Kala Devate

    • Special Puja

    • First Assignment: Share a Practice Space or Lamp Photo

  • 7

    UNIT 1: Shankarabharanam Raga & Guru Charanam

    • Video 1: Let's Play!

    • Video 2: Shankarabharanam Raga

    • Video 3: Let's Play Guru Charanam! Overview

    • Video 4: Verse 1 - Guru Charanam

    • Video 5: Verse 2:1 - Akhila Janarchita

    • Video 6: Verse 2:2 - Samastha Devi

    • Video 7: Verse 3 - Guru Mahima

  • 8

    UNIT 1: Supplemental Materials

    • Guru Charanam - Lyrics and Meaning

    • Guru Charanam - Swaras, Verse 1 and 2

    • Guru Charanam - Swaras, Verse 3

    • The 123-12345 Fingering Method for Western Piano

  • 9

    UNIT 1: Practice Videos

    • Talent & Practice

    • Practice 1: White Notes of 1 Octave (Looped)

    • Practice 2: White Notes of Entire Keyboard (Looped)

    • Practice 3: Black and White Notes of One Octave (Looped)

    • Practice 4: SLOW Guru Charanam First Line (Loop with Metronome)

    • Practice 5: MEDIUM Guru Charanam First Line (Loop with Metronome)

    • Practice 6: SLOW All Verses Guru Charanam (Loop with Metronome)

    • Practice 7: MEDIUM All Verses Guru Charanam (Loop with Metronome)

    • Practice 8: NORMAL Full Guru Charanam (Loop with Metronome)

  • 10

    UNIT 1: Recorded Live Session

    • UNIT 1: Recorded Live Session

  • 11

    UNIT 2: Mohanam & Amritanandamayi Jai Jai

    • Video 1: Welcome to Unit 2

    • Video 2: Guest Musician - Br. Madhavamrita Chaitanya

    • Video 3: Let's Play Mohanam Raga

    • Video 4: Mohanam Scale on Entire Keyboard

    • Video 5: Melody of Amritanandamayi Jai Jai

    • Video 6: Part 1 of First Line - Amritanandamayi Jai Jai

    • Video 7: Part 2 of First Line: Mangala Dayini Ma

    • Video 8: Entire First Line

    • Video 9: Prema Tarangini Ma

    • Video 10: Shubhra Varanalase

    • Video 11: Satya Swarupini Ma

    • Video 12: Shakti Maheshwari Ma

    • Video 13: Karma Vidhayini Ma

    • Video 14: Jagadhodharini Ma

    • Video 15: Satguru Jnanamayi

    • Video 16: Dukha Vimochini Ma

  • 12

    UNIT 2: Supplemental Materials

    • Lyrics & Meaning for Amritanandamayi Jai Jai

    • Swaras for Amritanandamayi Jai Jai

  • 13

    UNIT 2: Practice Videos

    • Practice 1: Mohanam Scale in 1 Octave

    • Practice 2: Mohanam Scale on Entire Keyboard

    • SLOW: Amritanandamayi Jai Jai with Metronome

    • MEDIUM: Amritanandamayi Jai Jai with Metronome

    • NORMAL SPEED: Amritanandamayi Jai Jai with Metronome

  • 14

    UNIT 2: Recorded Live Session

    • UNIT 2: Recorded Live Session

  • 15

    "The Essence of Music," Satsang with Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri

    • The Essence of Music - With Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri

  • 16

    UNIT 3: Shuddhadhanyasi & Bandha Krishna

    • Guest Musician: Swamini Suvidyamrita Prana

    • Video 1: Welcome to Unit 4

    • Video 2: Shudhadhanyasi Raga

    • Video 3: Shudhadhanyasi Scale on Entire Keyboard

    • Banda Krishna - Lyrics and Meaning

    • Banda Krishna - Swaras with Links/Bridges

    • Video 4: Listen to Banda Krishna

    • Video 5: First Line Part 1- Banda Krishna

    • Video 6: First Line Part 2 - Gopa Vrinda

    • Video 7: Entire First Line Banda Krishna & Gopa Vrinda

    • Video 8: First Verse Part 1 - Govemeva

    • Video 9: First Verse Part 2: Devata Vadya

    • Video 10: Entire First Verse

    • Video 11: 2nd Verse - Papa Popa

    • Video 12: Third Verse - Bhusura Sukha

  • 17

    UNIT 3: Practice Videos

    • Practice 1: Shudhadhanyasi Raga

    • Practice 2: Shudhadhanyasi on Entire Keyboard

    • Practice 3: Slow Banda Krishna

    • Practice 4: Medium Banda Krishna

    • Practice 5: Regular Speed Banda Krishna

    • Playing a Bridge/Link in Banda Krishna

  • 18

    UNIT 3: Recorded Live Session

    • UNIT 3: Recorded Live Session

  • 19

    UNIT 4: Yamuna Kalyani (Yaman Kalyani) & Arati

    • Video 1: Welcome to Unit 4

    • Video 2: Yamuna Kalyani Raga

    • Arati - Lyrics and Meaning

    • Arati - Swaras

    • Video 3: Listen to the Arati

    • Video 4: 1st Line - Om Jaya Jaya Jaga Janani

    • Video 5: 2nd Line - Janamana Nija Sukha Dayini

    • Video 6: Sakalagama

    • Video 7: Prema Rasamrita

    • Video 8: Shamadama Dayini

    • Video 9: Patitho Dhara

    • Video 6: Sakalagama

    • Video 11: Sura Jana Pujitha

    • Video 10: He Janani

  • 20

    UNIT 4: Practice Videos

    • Practice 1: Yamuna Kalyani One Octave

    • Practice 2: Yamuna Kalyani Entire Keyboard

    • Practice 3: Slow - Om Jaya Jaya and Janamana

    • Practice 4: Medium - Om Jaya Jaya & Janamana

    • Practice 5: Medium/Slow Arati All Verses

    • Practice 6: Entire Arati with Fast Part

  • 21

    UNIT 4: Recorded Live Session

    • UNIT 4: Recorded Live Session

  • 22

    Course Experience Survey

    • Course Experience Survey

  • 23

    Closing Ceremony

    • Closing Prayers

Harmonium: Level 1 - Ragas for Bhajans
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