Tabla Classes and Lessons in London

Playing the Tabla is a wonderful experience - and it is one that I'm really passionate about. I would love to share it with you.

I am currently not taking on any new students.

Our classes are run in Shenley, near Radlett, postcode WD7.

To enquire about joining a class, or special one-to-one lessons, please e-mail me at kavit@londontabla.com


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have my own pair of Tabla for the lesson?

No, I understand that you may be just starting out so having a pair of Tabla for your first lesson is not a necessity. You will be able to try on another pair of Tabla, however please appreciate that we are limited in the number we can provide for the lesson so you may need to share if over-subscribed. You will not be allowed to take them home. However, if you have your own pair, please bring them along. After a few lessons, you will be required to have your own tabla.

Can I rent Tabla if I don't want to buy a pair?

Unfortunately, we do not offer Tabla for rent. We encourage you to buy them and should you no longer require them, they can be sold second hand as new students are always looking for a usable pair of Tabla.

What will I learn during the Tabla lessons?

My main focus is on teaching you to play classical Tabla. It is on this foundation that one can then branch out more successfully, and on their own accord. Mixed with classical, we will also teach some folk playing so they are able to play for bhajans, garba and other such events.

How much does it cost?

For children, the fee is 12 per student per hour. For adults, the fee is 20 per student per hour. Contact me for one-to-one rates.

How long does each class last?

Each class lasts 60 minutes.

How many students are there in one class?

Each group class takes a maximum of 5 students. This is the optimum amount for considerable group learning and ensures you get enough personal attention during the hour. Tabla is an instrument that can be learned effectively in a group environment.

Where are the classes located?

Our classes are run in Shenley, near Radlett.

Do we teach dhol, harmonium, sitar or vocal lessons?

No, we do not run classes for these art forms, however we can recommend you to some versatile teachers in and around London.

What do I need to bring to my first class?

Yourself, paper/book and a pen or pencil. We encourage you to bring a small tape recorder to assist you in your weekly practice at home, but this is optional.

Do I need previous musical experience?

No - you can be an absolute beginner.

How old does a child have to be before they can start your tabla classes?

We recommend children be at least 4 years of age prior to beginning tabla classes. In such a case, we also encourage a parent to sit with the child during the lesson to enable a stronger learning and so that the parents also knows what the child needs to practice and how they can help them at home.

How long do I have to study?

Studying tabla is a lifelong commitment. Even I myself continue to learn and practice every day.

What happens if I miss a class?

We will try to fit you into a class in the term, however, there are no guarantees. We also do not rollover your missed classes into the following term. If you are going to miss a class, please let us know as soon as you can so we can try our best to accomodate you where possible.

Do you take students for examinations?

Yes, we offer the examinations for students. They are accredited by the UK board of examinations and run through an external board. Please ask at lessons for more information.

Where can I get my tabla repaired?

If the repair work and tuning is minimal, I can probably do it for you at the lesson. If the Tabla repair work, tabla tuning, tabla stretching and replacement of tabla heads requires more time, we recommend you contact merchants such as Jas Musicals and Bina Musicals, both of which are located in Southall, UK.

Is Tabla only for men/boys, or can females/girls learn too?

The Tabla is played by both men and women. There are currently several female professional Tabla players in the world and many girls are getting into learning the beautiful art.

I still have some questions...

Please email me at kavit@londontabla.com and I'll answer your questions.


Kavit Haria, Tabla Player

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