Purvaa Sampath

I’m right now doing a course called Berklee Transfer Programme which is a 4 and a half year course – I do two and a half years at International College of Music in Malaysia and then transfer to Berklee in 2014 where I plan on majoring in Music Therapy. I’m specializing in vocals now and I hope to come back to India and take to the music industry in a big way. 🙂
Nathaniel was what made me realize that there is a lot more to vocals than what I’d learnt. Being trained in Indian classical music for 15 years, I now know that I only had skill, but no training of the voice. Lillian Ma’am was the first to even tell me that there are things like chest register and head voice.
I joint Nathaniel because of a college friend. I think the intensity of the programme suited me really well. Being someone whose made music a priority in life, I found myself looking forward to the classes and I made it a point to get as much as I can from each of these classes. Studying music in college now, I realize how invaluable some of the things I learnt from Ma’am is. She will always be my first and most important teacher!
I think practicing for our show was one experience that I’ll never forget. Its only then that I realized how difficult it is for people to come together to make good music. Its never only about the vocalist, or the guitarist or the drummer. Its not about how good each of them are, its about how well they come together as a band. I’ll never forget the fun, the drama, the fights and the joy at the end of the show!
My most memorable moment would be when I was on stage to sing Bad Day – the keyboardist forgot to transpose and I started on a pitch that was to low for me. Thankfully, he realized and changed it by the time we got to the chorus. It was definitely embarrassing but I realized what the saying “Go on with the show” meant that day!
I think in class, there are innumerable moments that have made a difference to me. Lillian ma’am has always brought a very personal teaching experience to the table and that has worked wonders for me. Be it sitting at the dining table and talking or standing in front of her while she analyzes your progress in class, they are all moments that have pushed me to be where I am today. I think the quality of instruction was very efficient for me because it taught me everything I needed to know. It was a short period but the knowledge I gained has taken me a long way.
I would definitely encourage people to take this course because there are many dimensions to it that makes it a very well rounded course. Not only do you improve on skill as a musician but you also learn to work with other musicians and understand dynamics that are vital for a musician. For those who’re just getting out there, the show is a brilliant way of getting over your stage apprehensions and being confident about your skill and your music.
This is what pushed me to leave college and follow my dreams of music college and I haven’t been happier! So thank you for that 🙂

Purvaa Sampath