All Ratings and Reviews for Abhiman Kaushal
Great professor. Glad I found this gem of a class!
I loved this class. Abhimanji really cares about his students learning and is a really nice guy too. There is not much time demand, as you can even practice at home without tablas. Its a good stress relief!
Excellent teacher for students of any level.
I love this class and this professor!! He is so kind and funny. I instantly felt comfortable talking to him about anything! This class is an opportunity at UCLA you just do NOT want to miss, no matter what major you are or what level of music education. It is such a fun class in which you have the opportunity to learn about a culture and take a break from your other classes.
Grading is very easy as long as you memorize the pieces and he gives out A's easily as long as you're not the type to fall asleep or anything rude like that. I recommend this class for everybody!
Abhiman is absolutely the best. He's a great teacher and a great friend, too. He's always available for those who need him, except for when he's travelling for concerts. The class structure is set up nicely so you feel like you are getting one-on-one instruction. Tabla is a very soothing instrument and anybody who wants to learn it should be so lucky to have Abhiman as a teacher. If you're Indian, there are brownie points for speaking in Hindi/Urdu. Highly recommended!
I too absolutely loved this class, and now I am addicted to Indian music... His teaching is very well structured and each class is about 4-5 students or less. The guru-based teaching style is necessary to learn this drum, as he gives input at every step of the way to keep bad habits from forming. You can practice whenever you want (depending on class scheduling in the room) and it is a nice break from academics. What is most exciting for me is that you actually get better with each week and surprise yourself with improving technique and speed. Practice is key! If at all possible you should take this or any of the ethno performance classes, they are open to ALL MAJORS and ALL EXPERIENCE LEVELS, take advantage of some great teachers and wonderful music!
He's amazing! One of the highlights my UCLA experience. Must take his tabla class
The best professor ever
EASYGOING. very kind
CONCERN about student
He's an amazing person. He met George Harrison and is an extremely talented Tabla player. I learned a lot in this class and was actually pretty fun.
He only requires 1hr 30 min practices a week (which you need if you want to do well on the midterm and final) and 50 min sessions once a week for class. The midterm and final consisted of playing a piece that he gives us, it's not that long and it's pretty easy because there are a lot of repeats, as well as a vocab section for the final (it's only like 7 words very easy).
He's sarcastic sometimes but you can tell he's a genuine, talented man. He even gets to know everyone's names really quickly. Would recommend this class. It's only 2-units but it's a good experience and you'll get an A if you just play the pieces and show up to class
This class is a nice break from traditional coursework and Professor Kaushal is a kind teacher with both hilarious and inspirational stories. You need a pte number to enroll which you can get by emailing him (just google search him and its the hotmail one). Don't be scared by the 3 hour blocks on the enrollment listing, the professor actually splits class up into 1 hour 2 days and you can work out what times you'll join with him. You don't need any experience but I've found that my dance background has helped since I'm used to memorizing movement patterns. The midterm and final are both memorizing a composition he teaches and playing it, super stress free. 90 minutes of practice other than class are required a week but you can make up missed hours the next week. So far I took his lower div tabla class and I'm taking the upper div next quarter.
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