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MPA in Karnataka Classical Music

Why take this course?

The post-graduate curriculum of MPA in Music focuses on imparting theoretical knowledge by introducing various fields related to Music such as Indian culture, Indian Aesthetics, Physiology and Music, Physics of Music, Aspects of Musicological Texts, Sculptures, Manuscripts, Inscriptions and fundamental concepts in Indian music such as Musical Forms, Tala, Raga, and Manodharma Sangeeta. The practical aspects of the course have a focus on Karnataka Classical Music, with the emphasis on creating an awareness of the holistic of the aesthetics of Indian art. The discipline of Performing Arts is one of the most important fields of study in humanities. The department of performing arts established in the year 2009 at Jain (Deemed-to-be University) is engaged in preserving the traditions of performing arts by offering courses, researching and documenting along with imparting a holistic and specialized training. The department currently offers a Postgraduate program - in Karnataka Classical Music. In addition to these, M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses are offered as well. The vision of the department is to become an internationally renowned center for preserving, performing and propagating different performing traditions pertaining to art forms.

What will I experience?

A blend of both conventional techniques and modern technology used in the courses equips the student in practical learning. Lectures and workshops by experts in the field of music are regularly organized. Fieldwork, associated with various branches of study in Music is carried out. Students are encouraged to come up with music productions, to visit and participate in events related to music such as conferences, workshops and concerts.

At the end of the course, the students will be able to

  • Identify, by listening, a wide variety of musical styles as studied in class.
  • Compare and contrast music from different musical eras using basic music terms.
  • Discuss varying musical genres using music vocabulary.
  • Use a variety of media to explore music.
  • Experience a wider variety of music, composers, artists, and performance media
  • Plan and execute a music production.
  • Consider the complex role of music in our society and culture.

What opportunities might it lead to?

MPA in music leads to great opportunities in the following professions:

  • Music Performer
  • Music Researcher
  • Musical Events Organiser
  • Music Arranger/Director
  • Playback Singer
  • Radio Jockey
  • Music Content Developer
  • Academician
  • Author of Music books/articles
  • Music Critic
  • Music Recordist

Degree Awarded

Master of Performing Arts

Course Commencement

June 2020


Minimum 8 years of training Karnataka Classical Music along with a Bachelors Degree in any field.

Study Campus

Admissions Office

Curriculum Structure & Teaching

The Master’s Program spans 4 semesters (2 academic years). Each semester has theory and practical syllabi.  The Program also offers skill enhancement electives, Department-Specific Electives and General Electives which cover topics such as Introduction to Indian Aesthetics, Music Therapy and such others. The students are also trained in communication and presentation skills through class presentations and assignments. The students are trained in impactful performances by class room productions, music productions, individual and ensemble concerts and practical lessons and also hone effective analytical and writing skills while they work on their Master’s dissertation in the 3rd and 4th semesters.


I Semester
  • Origin and Evolution of Music
  • Svarajatis and Varnas
  • Samudaya Kritigalu
  • Shuddha Madhyama Ragas
  • Research Methods
II Semester
  • History of Indian Music
  • Composers and Compositional Forms
  • Guccha Kritigalu
  • Pratimadhyama Ragas
  • Music Therapy
  • Introduction to Indian Aesthetics
III Semester
  • Sangita Shastra
  • Music Production
  • Audava Shadava Ragas
  • Mridanga Concepts
  • Ragamalika and Vishesha Rachanegalu
  • Karnataka Compositions
  • Introduction to Karnataka Music
IV Semester
  • Sangita Vijnana
  • Raga Tana Pallavi
  • Vidwatpurna Ragas
  • Kutcheri
  • Project Work + Viva Voce


Teaching and Assessment

A variety of engaging teaching methods like workshops, lectures, projects and seminars, are conducted from time to time at Jain (Deemed-to-be University). Our highly knowledgeable professors always make themselves available to students outside of the classroom, even beyond office hours and help the students to bring out the best in them.

How are you assessed?

While pursuing this course you will encounter a balance of formal examinations and varied methods of coursework assessment including:

  • Internal Assessment Tests
  • Continuous Assessments
  • Preparatory Examination
  • End Semester Examination
  • Assignments and Presentations