Top Music Academies Of India

Music plays an enriching role in our lives. Proper training and ‘taleem’ in music under the guidance of the right Guru and mentor can help musicians bring out their best colors of musical expression. Training in music helps in aligning the skills and temperament of the student and imparting an overall development in the domain of music. Here’s a list of some of the most iconic music institutes that our country is blessed to have. Here’s our pick of top academies to look out for to learn music. Read to know more. 

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Global Music Institute

GMI is India’s leading contemporary music institute offering innovative programs that enable young musicians to shape their future in the global music industry. The institute was founded in 2011 by Aditya and Tarun Balani with the mission of bringing a distinctive and modern approach to music education to India. GMI works to promote cross-cultural musical dialogue and exchange, especially between contemporary and more traditional styles of music through its diverse international faculty. 


KM Music Conservatory

KM Music Conservatory was founded to expand the horizons of musicians in India. While continuing to respect and strengthen the art of Indian music, the institution also offers an education in Western music and music technology. KM Music Conservatory provides students with a strong artistic, intellectual, and technical foundation for pursuing professional careers in music. Students will graduate with an internationally competitive education in Western music and music technology and production.


Suresh Wadkar’s Ajivasan Music Academy

With a legacy of 85 years, Ajivasan Music Academy has now become a worldwide benchmark for delivering Quality music education to the aspiring singers & musicians. Ajivasan is one stop music school for all those who aspire to learn Indian Classical Vocals, Bollywood Vocals, Western Vocals, Sitar, Guitar , Keyboard, Djembe, Flute, Kathak, Bharatnatyam & Hiphop dance. It is about focused classes and a structured curriculum imparted by our highly trained teachers, who ensure that your journey along the learning path is smooth on every step. It is also about convenient batch timings and days, choice of joining a batch or one-on-one format, periodic assessments, certifications, etc.

Ajivasan has always believed and demonstrated the true essence of Guru-Shishya Parampara where a Guru passes on his knowledge of Music to his disciples so that they learn to live the art. Suresh Wadkar carried forward the legacy of his Guru Acharya Jialal Vasant and has since then been spreading the message of Music to thousands of students. Ajivasan Online Music Academy wishes to carry forward this legacy.


Shankar Mahadevan Academy

Living in the age of internet and technological advancements, ace singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan is tutoring aspiring artists online. With various programs available, this is the only school that gives the students the liberty to opt for teacher-led courses, self-study or academy center courses. Inclusive of virtual classrooms, master classes with audio inputs from the students in real time, the purpose of assessment and development has taken learning to a whole new level.


Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA)

SaPa, the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, was started in 2007, to be the home for great music and musicians. The founders, the legendary musicians Dr. L. Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam have created a strong legacy of excellence in the field of global music for young children and aspiring musicians to draw inspiration from. The academy is known to interweave exciting, interactive elements into their lessons, and ensure that students bring their musical vision to life while also having a great time. The academy is a strong believer of music being accessible to everyone, everywhere.


Swarnabhoomi Academy Of Music

Established on the outskirts of Chennai, it is South Asia’s largest and best college of contemporary music be it Jazz, Rock or World music. The college offers a diploma course in music performance and a technical diploma program for aspiring music engineers in Audio Engineering and Music Technology. With top-notch musicians from different genres as faculty members, the academy aims at a collaborative exchange of ideas and thoughts by blending the Gurukul based classical music and contemporary western music education practice.



Established in 1997, situated in Kolkata, West Bengal, Shrutinandan is a classical music school conceptually evolved by the pioneer of classical music, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. The academy focuses on sustainable development in all fields such as education and music. To date, Shrutinandan has produced more than 50 top quality young musicians that are performing at the national level all over India and abroad.


NMIMS School Of Performing Arts

NMIMS School of Performing Arts (SoPA), situated in Mumbai, is a home to talented music students from all over India and celebrated artists and renowned international and national faculty with years of industry experience in their field. The program’s curriculum is curated in collaboration with leading music schools and industry professionals. It comes under NMIMS Deemed to be University, a Category I and NAAC A+ accredited University offers a 3 years degree course in Western Contemporary and Indian Music – B.A. (Music-Western Contemporary Music) in Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Drums & B.A. (Music – Indian Music) in Vocal and Sitar. 


The True School Of Music

Set in the city of the entertainment industry, the school has grown rapidly over three years. Known to provide the finest Music Production and Sound Engineering programs, the institute aims to train the next generation of musicians, artists, instrument producers, producers, composers and DJs. With industry inspired faculty, the school promises to turn you from a passionate aspiring musician to a successful musician.


Calcutta School of Music

Founded back in 1915, it is one of the best institutions in India. Inaugurated by Pandit Ravi Shankar, the Indian Music section is known to train vocalists in ragas, Geet and Ghazal to Thumri and Kheyal. With a brilliant faculty, the students can specialize Western and Indian instruments. Offering a great range of contemporary programmes in classical music to western classical, the school is known to arrange orchestras, chamber as well as solo music training and concerts.


Madras Music Academy

Famously known for involvement in the promotion and safeguarding of the classical fine arts of Indian music, the academy was founded in 1928.  Even today, the academy plays a vital role in encouraging and teaching Carnatic Music as an Indian art form. With one of the oldest academic establishments, the school is among the finest institutes in India if you want to learn Carnatic style of Indian Classical music. 


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