In a serious attempt to spread positivity amid the COVID-19-induced lockdown, a young music teacher in the town of Wyra has conducted online vocal music lessons for a small group of beginners.

Ch Navyasri, 25, a music teacher at Karepalli Public Boarding School, took advantage of the lockdown period to convey the nuances of vocal music by giving lessons online from his home in Wyra.

Driven by her passion for Indian classical music, Navyasri, from a poor family, obtained her BA (vocal music) from the SV College of Music and Dance in the temple city of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and a course in certificate in carnatic music from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University. .

She started online music lessons over a week ago by signing up interested learners through social media. She designed a 12-day program to organize vocal music sessions online three times a week through a video conferencing app and set a nominal fee of 1,500 per learner.

“I started online music lessons to familiarize learners, mainly children, with the basic concepts of Carnatic music and help them learn devotional and patriotic songs,” says Navyasri.

So far, 10 learners, including eight children and two women from different parts of Khammam district and elsewhere in the state, have joined the virtual sessions using their smartphones.

“Music has the potential to develop children’s cognitive skills and serve as a means of self-expression,” she notes, adding that classes help reduce stress and overcome boredom during lockdown. more to allow them to learn vocal music within the confines of their homes.