Join twice-monthly online group bansuri lessons led by Dr. Kerry Kriger, who has been studying, teaching recording and performing Indian classical music since 1996. Also gain access to the video archive of past group lessons.
"This is awesome. not just for bansuri but Indian theory in general. Thanks man.”
— A.J. Rajan
Group lessons take place online twice per month and are open to anyone who signs up for the Indian Flute Music Membership + Group Lessons. The group lessons are taught by Dr. Kerry Kriger, who will:
(1) review concepts covered in the courses;
(2) teach new material not covered in the courses; and
(3) answer your questions, which you can submit in advance of the class or ask during the session.
The class times vary, but don't worry if you miss the class as you will have access to the entire archive of group lesson recordings...a true treasure house of knowledge.
“lt is always a pleasure to watch your tutorials, so beautifully explained.”
-- Ikram Ul Haq
"Hi Dr. Kriger: Thanks for the great class! I admire your appreciation of and dedication to keeping such wonderful music alive and well in the contemporary world. Thanks again for a really interesting and useful class."
-- Rik Svien, Minneapolis
"Thank you for the lesson. I attended it. You explain things very well. You have rich material to share.
Regards, Mukund Satwalekar"
Namaste! I'm Kerry Kriger and I’ve played bansuri almost every day since 1996.
I grew up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia in a non-musical, non-Indian family and I never studied music until I was 21 years old. I was inspired to play flute in 1995 when I heard the melodious sounds of a flute while traveling through the Greek isles. The flutist told me that if I wanted to learn the flute, I needed to learn the raga (the Indian classical music form). I had recently heard the great sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar so was familiar with Indian music and knew that it was based largely on improvisation. Being a huge fan of improvised music, I took the flutist’s advice and started researching how to learn bansuri.
I found out that San Francisco was the center of Indian music outside of India, so after I graduated college, I moved to San Francisco to begin my Indian musical journey (online courses didn't exist back then!). I intended to take just two months of bansuri lessons in order to pick up the basics. But I fell in love with the instrument and the pleasures of learning Indian classical music, and bansuri has been a major part of my life ever since.
In 1999 I returned to Virginia to learn bansuri from the great flute master Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao, who had studied under and collaborated with Pandit Ravi Shankar for thirty years. Vijayji spent half of each year in Virginia, so I always tried to be there when he was there. A few summers he spent in southern California, so I spent those summers in California as well, taking as many lessons as he had time to give. Vijayji was born in India in 1925 and spent his entire life composing, recording, performing and teaching Indian music. I was fortunate to receive private lessons from him from 1999 through 2008, and he once told me that he had taught me more material than any of his other students (who include GS Sachdev and Ronu Majumdar). One of my major goals is to share with you the wealth of knowledge that Vijayji passed down to me, and to ensure the world is filled with more and better bansuri music.
Aside from bamboo flute, I’ve studied tabla (Indian hand drums) and electric guitar. I’ve taught myself piano, ukulele, and jaw harp, and I am quite adept with a darabuka (middle eastern drum). I’ve attended hundreds of concerts, including those of legendary musicians such as Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Amjad Ali Khan, Shivkumar Sharma, Zakir Hussain, Anindo Chatterjee, Ramani, L. Subramanian and of course my guru Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao, as well as plenty of rock and roll, jazz, funk and other western music. And I’ve recorded, performed and practiced with a variety of musicians from around the world.
In 2008 I built the Indian Flute Music website and started sending out regular electronic newsletters about bansuri. In 2013, I began uploading music lesson videos to the Indian Flute Music YouTube channel and giving private and group lessons online and in person.
My 20+ years of musical study and teaching (combined with significant experience teaching math and science from the elementary to university level) enables me to pass information on to my students in a clear and concise manner, and to quickly see ways they can improve their music.
I'm looking forward to teaching you bansuri!
Kerry Kriger, Ph.D.
Indian Flute Music LLC
Founder, President & Flute Player
“Kerry, you are gifted and very talented. You are one of my motivations for taking up flute. Your compositions are awesome.”
— Regards, Ramakrishnan
"Hi Dr Kerry!! I've been listening to your flute all day long...extraordinarily beautiful!!!"
-- Denise East, San Jose, CA
"My wife and I were lucky enough to have a private playing by Kerry at our lake house. We both were surprised by the beautiful music that he played. Kerry is a very talented person in many ways. Oh, our dog and cat were mesmerized by Kerry's music!"
-- George Sellers, South Carolina
- How To Join The Next Group Lesson
- About The Group Lessons Archive
- Prepare For The Group Lessons
- 2018-04-18 Group Lesson with Dr. Kerry Kriger (Video) FREE PREVIEW
- 2018-04-18 Group Lesson with Dr. Kerry Kriger (Audio)
- 2018-04-18 Group Lesson with Dr. Kerry Kriger (Notes) FREE PREVIEW
- 2018-05-03 Group Lesson: Kirwani
- 2018-05-22 Group Lesson: Kirwani
- 2018-06-14 Group Lesson with Dr. Kerry Kriger
- 2018-06-28 Group Lesson: Kalyan, Kirwani & Bhoopali (Video)
- 2018-06-28 Group Lesson: Kalyan, Kirwani & Bhoopali (Audio)
- 2018-06-28 Group Lesson Notes (Kalyan Alankars)
- 2018-07-19 Group Lesson: Bhoopali Alap & Taans (Video)
- 2018-07-19 Group Lesson: Bhoopali Alap & Taans (Audio)
- 2018-07-31 Group Lesson: Tabla Intro & Bhoopali Jhala (Audio)
- 2018-08-14 Group Lesson: Shivaranjani Jhaptal (Video)
- 2018-08-14 Group Lesson: Shivaranjani Jhaptal (Audio)
- 2018-08-22 Group Lesson: Shivaranjani Jhaptal Taans (Audio)
- 2018-08-22 Group Lesson: Shivaranjani Jhaptal Taans (Video)
- 2018-09-11 Group Lesson: Shivaranjani Dadra
- Bilawal - Bhoopali - Bhoopali Todi (2019-04-02 Bansuri Bliss Group Lesson)
- Submit Your Question Here
- Answers To Your Questions
The only prerequisite is that you completed the free Getting Started With Bansuri course.
No flute required...you are able to simply watch and listen during the lessons.
You are welcome to ask questions during the lesson...or simply sit back and observe.
You won't be required to play...though you are encouraged to play!
Access includes two group lessons per month conducted by videoconference, as well as the entire video archive of past group lessons dating back to the start of this website!