A Modern Academy with Ancient Roots
Raj Academy Conservatoire today is a globally renowned teaching establishment for traditional Sikh music and Naad Yoga (Nada Yoga). We train gifted students for international careers as teachers, therapists, performers, researchers, academics and composers.
Founded in 1994 as Raj Academy of Asian Music (RAAM), Raj Academy has taught more than 3,500 students through academic courses with colleges and universities, grass-roots projects and unique vocational training programmes.
Raj Academy Conservatoire was the first worldwide institution to offer recognised academic qualifications in the field of Sikh and Indian music. With dedication and perseverance, the Conservatoire developed the following college courses:
- BTEC* National Diploma in Indian Music
- BTEC National Award in Indian Music
- BTEC First for Indian Music Practice
Later the Conservatoire developed the following university courses:
- BMus (Hons) (Bachelor of Music) in Sikh/Indian Music with performance and composition
- BA (Hons) (Bachelor of Arts) in Ancient Music of North India
- MMus (Master of Music) in Sikh/Indian Music
- MA (Master of Arts) in Naad Yoga
With hundreds of participants all over the world studying at various levels, the Raj Academy Conservatoire of the 21st century is a vibrant community of talented and open-minded musicians and students of life.
*BTEC is a vocational qualification awarded by the Business and Technology Education Council UK, commonly referred to as "BTEC".
A great teacher often has an even greater master, and this is true of Raj Academy’s wonderful teachers. We navigate by the universal teachings of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib.
The Siri Guru Granth Sahib is the living Guru of the Sikhs. It is the manual for sharing the secrets of Sikh music and Naad Yoga from the Gurus, saints and sages of India. It conveys spiritual wisdom on a humanitarian level and offers a vision of unity and love.
As the Guru Granth Sahib is the source and the heart of the teachings, we respect and follow its instructions completely. We always keep to the specific raag (musical mood) prescribed for each shabad (poetic composition) – changing the prescription would interfere with its effect on the listener, which is not advisable nor encouraged.
The second pillar of our teaching is the preservation of some of India’s most powerfully expressive musical instruments. Their sounds are part of the beauty of traditional Indian spiritual music. We use these particular instruments because of their significance in relation to the Sikh Gurus:
Rabab – promoted by Guru Nanak; played by Bhai Mardana in accompaniment to Guru Nanak (first Guru)
Saranda – designed and played by Guru Arjan (fifth Guru)
Jori – created in the court of Guru Arjan by musicians Satta and Balwand
Sarangi – promoted for use in Kirtan by Guru Hargobind (sixth Guru)
Taus – designed and played by Guru Gobind Singh (tenth Guru)
Dilruba – designed and played by Guru Gobind Singh