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The academy was started in 2009 by Nakul Vagale and Sean De Souza with the intention to provide quality music education in India. Music is essence cannot be taught but can be experienced and passdown from musician to musician thru experience and interpretation. With the advent of the Internet, information once inaccessible is now freely available to all, but the sheer amount of information available can be mind-boggling. With little of no control of the quality of information being passed and often unreliable practices, a student in the field would not know what is right or where to begin. At ILM Academy, the founders of the institute understood this and formulated a teaching approach, where practicing musicians act as guides rather than teachers and help students along their musical paths to achieve their learning.
In April 2012, ILM Academy, Gurgaon (Delhi-NCR) was founded by the ILM Academy original founder Nakul Vagale and Sean De Souza along with longtime supporter, friend and benefactor of the academy DJ/ Producer Arjun Vagale (Jalebee cartel).
At the ILM Academy, students are presented with the right information with a view to use that information when presented with a real world scenario. The intent is to present students with a real world situation and help them reach their musical goals. Though concentration is on Electronic Music and related fields, The courses at institute are not genre specific.
ILM Academy courses
Courses at ILM Academy are normally 2 hours are day - 2 days a week with additional projects and practice time at the studio's. Though a minimum is set, students can avail of the studio facilities throughout their course duration subject to booking and availability.
A 3 month comprehensive program on DJ'ing. Students learn their basics on Turntables and progressive with technology onto CD players and then are introduced to Digital DJ'ing. This course also covers business aspects of the industry such as Marketing ones services, Music Business, Event management, Communication and presentation skills.
- Advanced Digital DJ
Digital DJ's are the musicians of tomorrow, combing their skill on hardware such as CD players and Turntables coupled with midi able devices and software, a DJ knows no bounds to performance. Once students have mastered the hardware decks, they are exposed to the Digital world of DJ'ing to take their performance to the next level through a 1 month crash course. But mind-you, ILM Academy strongly believes in Hardware before software, at least till records and CD become obsolete.
- Electronic Music Production (EMP)
As the name suggests, students will learn to make music electronically using software on a computer. Primarily music software included is Ableton and Cubase. Students spend 4 months learning the fundamentals of EMP and the software platforms. Multiple other such Music Software exist, with the applications performing mostly the same tasks with a different GUI
- Audio Engineering (AE)
The Audio Engineering Course at ILM, is unique in such form that the basis of the course is music. Expanding from the EMP course, the AE course including Audio Studio and related subjects: Recording, Microphones and micking techniques, Analog and digital mixers, Routing, Laying down a track, mix downs and mastering; as well as more Mass media related audio work such as dubbing, voiceovers, jingles, background scores, Sound design techniques and Business of Music. All of this is packed into a mere 1 year of intense hand-on classes with numerous projects and submissions.
Associations and support
The courses are not accredited to or supported by the Indian government, nor any domestic or international universities. Based on their teaching style, methodology and reputation of the team concerned, Courses at ILM Academy are supported by Industry leaders in the Audio Industry including: