Soma is a very gifted and patient teacher, who answers all my questions and works with my voice and temperament to yield the best possible results. She has been teaching me not only the different aspects of Hindustani classical music (raagas, tals, taans, etc.), but also the qualities of singing this beautiful music and how to develop my voice such that I take both a gentle and commanding approach.I find two aspects of Soma's teaching to be particularly effective. First, she is very methodical about presenting one new set of vocal skills to master in each lesson in such a way that all of these skills build upon each other, leading the student to be able to complete an entire piece. Second, she is extremely kind in pointing out what the student has done well, while also making very specific suggestions for improvement. I wholeheartedly recommend Soma, as well as the online approach to singing lessons, and I plan to continue this learning process for a long time to come.- Donna Maurer, Ph.D.
- Crystal Rose Sanchez
I have been singing since childhood and had some classical training in college, but since I have been learning Indian Classical singing from Soma, my vocal range has strengthened and expanded dramatically.
Soma has a special sensitivity and ability to understand and assess what each student's vocal capabilities are, and from there she instructs and teaches in a way that will bring out the best in each students' voice.I have been taking lessons from Soma for over two years and had the opportunity to perform with her at the New England Conservatory in a Classical Indian Vocal concert that was co organized by her. It was a rewarding experience and a good learning experience as well. I have an even greater respect and understanding now for just how challenging this style of singing is. I feel extremely fortunate to have found Soma for a teacher. Her music and vocal training in Indian Classical music in India and her training as a music educator at NEC is benefiting many students who bring in their diverse music and other backgrounds.- Kelli Eagan