Our ‘global’ approach to music education

Global Music Institute (GMI) through its vision and mission, works to promote cross-cultural musical dialogue and exchange, especially between contemporary and more traditional and folkloric styles of music through its diverse local, national and international faculty.

We believe in the power of music to transcend linguistic, economic, cultural and intellectual barriers and envision a local-to-global music community in which all people, genres, cultures, instruments and sounds are in a state of dynamic collaboration and learning.

Music education at GMI is viewed as holistic learning experience that is important at every stage of a person’s life and development. We believe in developing all-rounded students with a deep awareness and understanding of musical diversity. The Institute also works to create a body of knowledge through evidence that is able to sensitively represent the many positive effects of musical education and learning as comprehensively as possible.

GMI in Greater Noida

in October 2016

Our dream at GMI of having a world-class facility will become a reality in October 2016 as we open our doors to the new residential GMI Greater Noida Campus. Located just 30 minutes outside New Delhi, this will be a state-of-the-art facility including a 150-seater auditorium, an experimental theatre, amphitheater, multiple classrooms and teaching studios, a mixed-media library, an audio-production lab with specialist music software, students lounges, practice rooms, on- site student housing and a large cafeteria.

The new campus offers a comprehensive Contemporary Music and Hindustani music curriculum with an unparalleled faculty of music educators and industry professionals from India and across the world. The campus will have a range of full-time and part-time programs with a focus on core music studies, performance studies, music production, composition studies, music education, music business and careers in music.


Tarun Balani and Aditya Balani founded Global Music Institute (GMI) in 2011 with the mission of bringing a distinctive

and modern approach to music education to India.

Through its comprehensive music curriculum that includes – the core aspects of music (music theory, harmony and ear training), ensemble lessons and workshops, instrumental lessons and performance as well as Indian classical and folk music; GMI incorporates modern classroom teaching techniques to give students an in-depth view of music subjects. It also offers music technology and business management, which GMI believes are essential for todays working musician.

Over its semesters, the Institute invites a diverse international faculty from various stylistic and cultural backgrounds to be able to provide students with opportunities to explore the diversity of expression that defines today’s music industry.
The larger goal of GMI is to also foster a music community that brings together artists to work collaboratively

and be able to fully express and realize their musical vision.

GMI is also the only official teacher of the Berklee College of Music, USA, Curriculum in India.


Global Music Institute brings a distinctive and modern approach to music education in India. Our curriculum is comprehensive, with an in-depth study of Indian classical and folk music, the tradition and the root of our musical expression along with a broad range of musical genres including Jazz, Rock, Pop, Blues, Western Classical, and World Music, which are an integral part of the Indian music industry today. It also incorporates music technology which we believe is very essential for today’s working musician.

GMI invites diverse international faculty across stylistic and cultural backgrounds. Private lessons, music forums, ensemble workshops, and performances by faculty and visiting artists broaden the students’ perspective and foster the spirit of musical and personal growth.
Our campus is located in the outskirts of New Delhi, giving students the opportunity to experience their musical learning while being connected to the bustling music and arts scene of the capital.


The mission of GMI is to educate, train, and prepare students to excel at careers in music, which reflect the diversity of expression and opportunities that define today’s music industry.
•    To bridge the gap between Indian classical/folk and contemporary music, through our unique teaching methodology which preserves the traditional Indian pedagogy (guru-shishya parampara) while also expanding on and incorporating modern classroom teaching giving students an in-depth view of both subjects and a much broader perspective.
•    To provide an international standard of music education at an affordable price to both local and international students.
•    To further develop a music community within India and abroad that brings together artists to collaborate and express their musical vision.
•    To promote music as a medium for healing and social change.

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