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Lake Country Academy Students Explore Carnatic Singing

Two students at Lake Country Academy, are learning Southern Indian classical music called Carnatic singing. Carnatic singing is one of the world's oldest and richest singing traditions. The students started formal singing lessons at age 6. At present, they are learning from a professional Carnatic singer from India via Skype. Carnatic music evolved from ancient Hindu traditions.

The main emphasis of Carnatic music is on vocal music. Most compositions are written to be sung, and even when played on instruments, the compositions are meant to be performed in a singing style. Carnatic music has two main elements: Raga, modes or melodic formulae and tāla (rhythmic cycles). For the singing lessons, the teacher uses a webcam to monitor the progress of the students as they use their hands to keep the beat. The students have been performing at Indian cultural celebrations mainly in Wisconsin.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
January 25, 2010