Kids & Junior Faculty

Our highly experienced team of Indian and international faculty bring a global perspective and influence to the learning experience at True School. Faculty members are encouraged to maintain a good balance between professional practice, academia and mentorship, which equips them to craft unique pedagogical approaches that nurture creativity, innovation and enterprise in learners.

Shashank Vishwakarma
[ Theory]

Shashank Vishwakarma is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter and guitarist from Lucknow.He began singing at the age of 5, thereby guiding his priorities in school where he found a sense of “familiarity and peace” in chapel services. His own performances, projects and arrangements have often received awards at both District and National levels. After completing his degree in Engineering in Electronics and Communication, he joined the Swarnabhoomi Academy Of Music in Chennai to forward his Musical education and training. During his time at Swarnabhoomi he studied contemporary western music theory, composition and arrangement, jazz guitar and konnakol under distinguished faculty members Pedro Carneiro Silva, Sid Jacobs, Esther Rojas, Karina Colis, Dr. S Ghatam Kartik and Umayalapuram Mali. Since shifting to Mumbai in 2018, he has been teaching at The Soundmonk School Of Music after completing his Grade 8 for Guitar from Trinity School Of Rock & Pop. He is currently in the process of recording an EP of original compositions with his Contemporary Indie Folk Rock band, Rejected Cartoons. The EP is expected to be released by June, 2020.

Gouri Ranjit
[ Western Vocals]

Gouri is a singer-songwriter-pianist from Kerala. A vocal major from Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, she has been part of and lent harmonies to bands like Run Pussy Run, Voctronica, Parekh and Singh, Madboy Mink and Aditi Ramesh Quartet among others. She is currently one half of soul-pop duo ‘Gouri and Aksha’. Earlier this year, they opened for Damien Rice at Sofar Bombay, released their debut single and completed their first tour in Japan. She turned part actor when she made her theatrical debut at the Aadyam Theatre Festival with Motley’s Production of “The Threepenny Opera” and later with Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical.

Anand Masrani
[ Bass]

Anand, 25 is a Mumbai based musician and has actively been in the city's performing space since the last 7 years. Before finishing his civil engineering in 2017, Anand performed extensively at local college competitions with his very first band and since then, he's toured and performed with several other bands across India. Anand grew up listening to The Beatles and had the knack to be a musician from a very young age. He played the acoustic guitar in his teens, slowly developing the desire to switch to the bass guitar. He's currently in his third year at The True School of Music in Mumbai and has been under the stellar tutelage of solid bass players like Giuseppe Vitale and Gianluca Liberatore however he's been learning from the amazing Marios Menelaou since the last 2 years.

Derrick Johnson
[ Keyboard]

Derrick Johnson is a 29-year-old pianist from the outskirts of Mumbai. His musical journey began by playing the keyboards in Churches since 2005, where he learnt to play hymns by ear. He went on to get classically trained in Piano under the guidance of Clifton Rodricks from Mumbai. After completing his graduation in business administration (BBA), he worked as an HR for a recruiting firm for a year. But since music was the innate calling, he quit that job to pursue music as a career. Eventually, he started working with music schools as a piano instructor since early 2014, where he taught classical as well as pop piano. In November 2015, he completed his Grade 8 in Pop Music Theory from London College of Music through self-study. In February 2017 he completed his Advanced Recital Certificate from Trinity College London with Distinction under the guidance of Roxana Anklesaria, an established pedagogue and member of MTNA. He's a proud teacher to several distinction holders of music exams over the years. He's currently also pursuing LTCL Diploma in Piano performance and wishes to continue the journey of learning and teaching quality music.

Utkarsh Amarpuri
[ Electronic Music Performance]

Utkarsh is a 25-year-old music producer based in Mumbai. He began his journey as a Sound Engineer in 2011, only to realise that his true passion lies in making music. That’s when he decided to pursue his education at The True School Of Music. Since then Utkarsh has been producing and composing for various projects which mainly include Advertisements, Background scores, Arranging and Producing music for independent artists, and so on. Apart from this, he is also a member of an electronic act, Equal Two, who have been performing original music for the last 2 years. In January 2018, they released their debut EP “ANTIDOTE” which is available on all major streaming platforms. Combining an unmatched passion for music with his natural talent, Utkarsh Amarpuri is pursuing his dream of being an influential music professional.

Veer Karer
[ Drums]

Veer, a drummer and educator, from Mumbai, has been playing live shows for 4 years. Having studied drum performance at the True School of Music, he has a keen interest in playing various styles of music - jazz, latin, funk, electronic music, etc. Veer has played at several venues like the NCPA and the Quarter, to name a few, as well as sessions for various acts in the live scene.

Sounak Saha
[ Guitar]

Born in Calcutta, India in 1991, Sounak started playing the guitar at the age of 15-16. While he was studying classical guitar, he also got inspired by contemporary rock guitar playing and started teaching himself the electric guitar with the help of YouTube/whatever source was available.

He wanted to take up music as a profession and realized the importance of music theory very early and decided to join London Centre of Creative Media in London to pursue a Bachelor degree in Music Performance. Moved to London at the age of 19 (2011) to pursue music education and acquired Bachelors of Music (Hons) in Performance under Middlesex University with an overall 2.1 score During his years in London, he studied performance/composition/arranging/production under great teachers such as Blake Wilner, Ed Speight, Tommy Emmerton, Simon Wallace, Dave O’ Higgins, Geoff Gascoyne and lots more. He also performed with various artists across multiple well-known venues, which include O2 Academy, Proud Camden, Cargo, Charlie Wright’s, Floripa, Rhythm Factory, Surya London, and various others. This gave him a lot of experience in playing in multiple situations across various genres, which includes jazz, jazz fusion, blues, rock, R&B, neo-soul, soul, funk, etc.)   Since his graduation, he has worked with Furtados School of Music as a Senior Guitar Teacher and Lead Teacher (June 2015 – June 2017) and has been conducting workshops for students and performing in India with various artists.  Now he is working at True School of Music as a guitar teacher and course developer (July 2017 – present).

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