Pick & Pluck – School of Guitar Excellence, commenced on 5th April 2015, an exclusive school completely dedicated for the instrument – GUITAR, is the first of its kind in India. (Earlier, part of ‘3Bs Western Music Academy’.)
The school specializes in teaching all styles of Guitar- Classical, Acoustic, Folk and Country, Electric Etc., but definitely starting with the basics. The only best place to learn Guitar in India will now be Chennai. Founded by Ahlauyu S V Naiud LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College of Music London) the only Woman Classical Guitarist with an LTCL quantification in India.
Guitar can be a choice of companion for the age between 6 to 60’s from a fun loving beginner to a professional, not just learning the techniques but to enrich one’s life through guitar. At Pick & Pluck the standard of syllabus with a structured method of learning will be on par with international standards, as the curriculum adapts both Practical and Music Theory from day one.
The courses are designed for both Concerts and Examinations to judge oneself with the larger audience, as well as a one to one with an International Examiner from the International Examination Board – University of West London –London College of Music Examinations. At Pick & Pluck, the goal is to make guitar learning- a fun and enjoyable experience while getting most out of each class. If you are thinking about bringing the gift of music to your life or your children’s life through Guitar, you have found the right place - your Dream destination.
Started her music education at the early age of four, under the tutelage of her father (Late) R.Venkatesan. Dr.Randall Giles (American composer, Episcopal Church missionary, and Ethnographer) called him as the 'True Theorist' as he is a self-taught ardent lover of Western Classical Music who devoted most of his life studying and teaching music.The one best student where he saw was, his own daughter Ahlauyu S V Naiud, because he would not find a full time live in student.
With the privilege of having her father as the mentor, AHLAUYU S. V. NAIUD LTCL achieved heights and shattered the records. She was the youngest to appear and pass with merits in the Grade 4 - Trinity College of Music Examination on Classical Guitar at the early age of nine.
After appearing for various grade examinations, she takes the credit of being the only Indian woman to have completed the LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College of Music London) in Classical Guitar. She secured the highest marks in the same and was awarded the rolling trophy, ‘Lady Papworth’s Lyre’ in the year 1993, which is yet to be rolled to another LTCL Classical Guitarist.
After a brief period of teaching in Singapore, she returned to establish the 3Bs at Adyar, to cater quality music education to international standards here in India.
She is a member of various prestigious music organizations, a few to mention 'Madras Chamber Orchestra', Madras Guitar & String Ensemble, Madras Philharmonic and Choral Society, Handle Manuel Chorus.
Besides music education, she herself has performed extensively as a soloist, as a part of the ensemble, and also organized various concerts, to inculcate the concert going practice to her student community. She was the first to initiate the ‘Western Classical Music Festival’ here in Chennai.
As a credit to her passion and dedication towards music education, the University of West London – London College of Music Examinations recognized her as the ‘Representative for Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry’ in 2010. Since then, under her guidance, more than 2500 students from 3Bs, as well as various other music schools and teachers all over Tamil Nadu, Bangalore and Vijayawada have passed out successfully with merits and distinctions.
Her passion for Guitar has initiated her to an exclusive school dedicated for the instrument ‘Guitar’ named ‘Pick & Pluck - School of Guitar Excellence’