Harmonium & Music
Music lessons are an opportunity to approach music in a holistic, creative, fun, and supportive environment. Playing music and singing has many benefits to the body, mind, and spirit and has been proven to decrease stress, ease muscle tension, deepen breathing, reduce heart rate, increase concentration, improve memory, and relieve depression amongst many other benefits. At House of Jai, you can choose to learn how to play the harmonium, sing, chant (in Sanskrit), and/or lead kirtan (devotional chanting) in a personally customized and fully integrated way. Lessons also incorporate an understanding of proper posture, breathing, healthy vocal production, and music theory.
The harmonium is a small portable organ that has a keyboard almost identical to a piano and a sound similar to an accordion. Its rich, beautiful sustained sound provides the perfect support for the voice and can be applied to a range of musical genres and styles of playing. This is a great, easy instrument for anyone to learn and the technique of playing can be applied to other keyboard instruments, like the piano or accordion. The musical knowledge gained through these lessons can also be applied to all musical endeavors.
Music lessons at House of Jai are intended for a wide range of people, whether you are a yoga instructor looking to play harmonium in class and lead chanting or whether you are someone looking to simply enjoy the experience of playing and learning about music. This is the perfect entry point into music study for those who are completely new to music and also for the advancing musician who wants to have a deeper, richer understanding of music. Students will leave lessons feeling rejuvenated, inspired, and uplifted in body, mind, and spirit.
Musician & Yoga Instructor
Seth Lieberman is a classically trained musician and certified yoga instructor. He received his degree in music from the University of Maryland where he studied music theory, composition, and performance. After moving to New York he began practicing yoga and was inspired by it's influence on creativity, performance, practice, listening to music and it's increase on overall well being. He was certified to teach yoga by Greenhouse Holistic Yoga in Brooklyn and is in the process of completing an advanced yoga training through Yoga Sukhavati. He is currently teaching yoga and music lessons, leading kirtans (group devotional chanting), accompanying yoga classes with live music, and recording an album of his work. He is passionate about exploring the relationship between yoga and music and feels that through private music instruction he has found the perfect opportunity to incorporate his experience into an integrated, holistic experience that gives the student not just a better understanding of music but also a better understanding of themselves.