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History

Raj Academy Conservatoire, previously known as Raj Academy of Asian Music (RAAM), is a globally renowned teaching establishment for traditional Sikh and Indian music and Naad Yoga, training gifted students from all over the world for international careers as teachers, therapists, performers, researchers, academics and composers.

Founded in 1994, Raj Academy Conservatoire has trained more than 3,500 students through academic courses with colleges and universities, grass-roots projects such as outreach courses and unique vocational training programmes.

Raj Academy Conservatoire was the first worldwide institution to offer recognised academic qualifications in the field of Sikh and Indian music. With dedication and perseverance, the Conservatoire worked to develop the following college courses:

  • BTEC* National Diploma in Indian Music
  • BTEC National Award in Indian Music
  • BTEC First for Indian Music Practice

Later, the Conservatoire developed the following university-level courses:

  • BMus (Hons) (Bachelor of Music) in Sikh/Indian Music with performance and composition
  • BA (Hons) (Bachelor of Arts) in Ancient Music of North India
  • MMus (Master of Music) in Sikh/Indian Music
  • MA (Master of Arts) in Naad Yoga

With hundreds of participants from all over the world currently studying at various levels, the Raj Academy Conservatoire of the 21st century is a vibrant community of talented and open-minded musicians and students of life. 

*BTEC is a vocational qualification awarded by the Business and Technology Education Council UK, commonly referred to as "BTEC".

Heritage

Every great teacher has an even greater master; this is true of all our wonderful teachers. Within Raj Academy, we navigate by the universal teachings of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib

The Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the living Guru of the Sikhs, is the reliable manual for sharing the secrets of Sikh music and Naad Yoga from the Gurus and great saints and sages of India. It encapsulates spiritual wisdom on a humanitarian level and offers a vision of unity and love. 

As it is the source of divine knowledge and the heart of the teachings, we follow and respect its instructions completely, adhering strictly to the specific raag prescribed for each shabad (poetic composition) – changing the prescription would interfere with the healing properties of the shabad, which is neither advisable nor encouraged.

The second pillar of our teaching is the preservation of the beauty of traditional spiritual Indian music through the sounds of some of India’s most powerful musical instruments: Rabab, Saranda, Sarangi, Jori, Taus and Dilruba. These particular instruments are used because of their significance in relationship with the Sikh Gurus:

Rabab – promoted by Guru Nanak Dev Ji; played by Bhai Mardana in accompaniment to Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Saranda – designed and played by Guru Arjan Dev Ji 

Sarangi – promoted for use in Kirtan by Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji

Jori – created in the court of Guru Arjan Dev Ji by musicians Satta and Balwand

Taus – designed and played by Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Dilruba – designed and played by Guru Gobind Singh Ji