Tabla Lessons in London

Tabla Lessons London

  • Small group and individual classes with Alok Verma.
  • Lessons for adults and children.
  • Tabla sets will be provided for lessons.
  • Tuesday evenings.


I just wanted to let you know that and also say massive THANK YOU for giving us opportunities to learn the gift of music, especially exotic instruments like tabla!!

It has been a wonderful experience for my life and I absolutely love the relaxed atmosphere, smiles and passion all around in the school.

I also want to say that I am so deeply thrilled, excited and motivated to continue studying tabla while I’m gone thanks to my teacher Alok. He’s a great guy and awesome music teacher who helped me to learn many groovy rhythms very quickly. I hope I can come back and study with him again next year! 

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What is tabla?

Tabla is a set of hand drums originally from India that are now played all over the world. There are 26 different hits and combination strokes, making this the most dynamic acoustic drum in the world!

The benefits of learning tabla are numerous, Tabla helps coordination, stimulates memory development and focus, develops rhythmic control and sense of improvisation, and creates greater cultural awareness

Improved IQ scores can now officially be added to the growing list of benefits from playing drums. A recent study shows that playing the drums or other percussion instruments actually improves IQ scores of children

Playing the drums makes the brain think in a way that very few activities can and being able to understand musical notes and dissect how rhythms work and go together is a very complicated thought process. The most recent study shows that being constantly exposed to this type of brain activity can actually improve one’s IQ level.

The process of drumming engages both the linear, (rational left brain) and the creative, (intuitive right brain). It slows the brain waves to around 8 cycles per second, the exact frequency of the earth.

While previous studies have hinted that musical training improves a child’s literacy and math skills, this is the first time that a study has shown that one’s intelligence level can be improved by drumming.?

According to the study by E. Glenn Shallenberg at the University of Toronto, IQ test scores of 6-year-old children significantly improved after receiving drum lessons. Shallenberg recruited a group of 144 6-year-olds and separated them into 4 groups: those receiving drum lessons, voice lessons, drama lessons and no lessons. Children receiving the drum lessons showed significant improvement in their IQ tests, gaining an average of 7 IQ points. Meanwhile, children receiving voice lessons increased 6 points, those receiving drama lessons increased 5 points and children receiving no lessons improved 4 points. In his article in Psychological Science, Shallenberg concluded that musical training, in particular, was responsible for the extra IQ points.

Among the other benefits of playing the drums are improved musical coordination and brain activity; physical therapy, and stress relief; improved social skills such as team work, self-esteem, discipline, improved abstract thought processes, a tool for creative expression, a balance for internal energy, life long enrichment, a great mood lifter, physical fitness, responsibility and a fun alternative to other less productive activities.

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  1. Armaan Narula August 6, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Dear Sahana and James,
    I am very pleased with my grade 1 Tabla result. I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to learn Tabla and I am also thankful to Alok for teaching me and helping me to get such good result.

    Armaan Narula

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