PRIYANKA SETH PANDIT

PRIYANKA SETH PANDIT

Curriculum & Training

Priyanka Seth Pandit has a B.A. in History from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Priyanka taught History and English for five years at the Chapin School, New York City. She completed her Music Together (preschool music) training programme in February 2005. In 2010 she received her Certification Level 1 as a Master Teacher from Music Together, Princeton. Priyanka also has certificates in Dalcroze eurhythmics from the Kauffman Centre in New York, as well as First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond from the Samuel Barber Graduate Institute at West Chester University. Priyanka founded the first Music Together programme in India in 2005 and has served over 7000 families in six different locations in Mumbai, till date.

Priyanka has learned, taught and played the Indian classical flute (bansuri) beginning in 1988, and has been instructed in western classical music from the age of four. She has trained and taught teachers of music and early childhood education in non-profit organisations such as the Akanksha Foundation and Muktangan Foundation. She has run a variety of music programmes and social initiative programmes for babies, preschoolers and elementary school students. Currently, she is working as the curriculum Director of Project Rangeet, a social initiative programme that teaches children about burning social causes, through the medium of art and music.

My Story:

I happen to be born into a family that values diversity. People from four religions and three nationalities comprise my family and respect is expected. Then by virtue of my father's job we lived in a different country every three years of my life, and I moved through seven different schools. The compulsion of having to adjust periodically to different geographical, lingual, cultural environments compelled me to foster compassion, if only even for my own survival! Music, art and drama (all of which I was extensively exposed to from a really young age), reinforced my comprehension of the world as diverse and borderless. My need to share this strong belief, and my experiences from my perspective, are what have given me so much joy and satisfaction as a mother, as a teacher and as a human being.