Scattitude Academy of Music -Score Short Reads
“Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human.” -Jewel.
Two musical souls began their individual music education paths in 2005. The year 2010 saw these two independent entities’ paths cross to create their school’s first avatar, ‘Muzicworkz.’ They then segued into the separate identities of ‘Samantha’ and ‘Do-Re-Me School of Music.’
But Chet Atkins did once say, “Do it again on the next verse, and people think you mean it.” So, what continued as two distinctly planted seeds in 2010, once again grew together in 2018 into one wholesome music education tree called the Scattitude Academy of Music.
‘Scattitude’ is a name that has a modern, albeit rich etymology and is a symbiosis of three fundamentals that fit this music institution’s ethos.
Scat – meaning Vocal Improvisation
Attitude – which focuses on Stage Presence and the Mental Make-up of a musician
And lastly, Étude – which is French for Study.
Nestled on the rather busy Hill Road of Mumbai’s queen suburb Bandra, the Scattitude Academy of Music reflects its neighbourhood in its potpourri of programmes, the full-bodied nature of its curriculum, the versatility of its educators and partners, a rich history of teaching experience, and a dynamic face that is inclusive of and serves the ever-changing global music and entertainment industry and community.
Along with their education partners, the academy offers exam-oriented syllabi in Western Contemporary Vocals, Piano & Keys, Music Theory, Music Production, and the Guitar and constantly works toward upskilling itself on new educational and career initiatives.
With a Bachelors & Masters in Sociology, 2 Licentiates: LRSL – Performance – Vocal and LRSL – Music Teaching from Rockschool, UK, [The LRSL Licentiate Diploma is the equivalent of a Bachelor of Arts Degree], and being the only certified Vocal Coach in India, it is no wonder that Samantha makes for an experienced music educator.
Having studied voice at North Central University in Chicago and under the tutelage of Jazz and Vocal greats like Peter Eldridge (Grammy Winner), Roseanna Vitro (Grammy Nominee), Norman Simmons, Bob Stoloff, Judy Niemack, Barry Harris, Janice Borla, Jay Clayton, and many more only adds to the high standards Samantha sets for herself as a teacher.
Education is, after all, not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a lamp. And under the tutelage of Samantha, many an uncut diamond has had their shining qualities brought out from that rough exterior, with a spark that has set many a room afire.
Her students include Indian Idol winners, Music Industry, and Bollywood artists like Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Nargis Fakhri, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Shrradha Pandit, Preeti Desai, Shahana Goswami, Ali Fazal, Vir Das, Sona Mohapatra, Ananya Birla, Hazel Keech, Manasi Scott, Sarah-Jane Dias, and Vasuda Sharma, to name a few.
Samantha was also the vocal coach for Rohan Sippy’s Musical Theatre ‘Love & All That Jazz’ and is currently coaching participants on the forthcoming Star Plus music reality show – INDIA’S RAW STAR with Honey Singh.
It would truly be a tragedy if we lived in a world where music were not taught, and Scattitude Academy of Music works tirelessly toward securing this tragedy-free future.