FAQs

  1. General

What does this site provide?

This site provides a 1-stop place to teach and learn on the Net! Whether it's visual arts or any sciences this e-learning portal provides a number of options to the guru & sishya. The portal is open for registration to both teachers and students. For a free no-obligation DEMO contact us. 

How does this service benefit me?

All classes are conducted online. A 'sishya' or student can pick and choose a highly reputed guru (check 'The Gurus' page for Guru profile).
A 'guru' or teacher can register on our portal to teach existing or new students.
We offer 4 different class types that can cater to your requirements:
VIRTUAL CLASS: With the Virtual class, you have the maximum flexibility as you can access these lessons from ANYWHERE & can learn/practice ANYTIME.
GROUP VIDEO CLASS: Group class is engaging, as you can view and learn along with other students, and you get real time feedback.
PRIVATE VIDEO CLASS: Private classes are very focussed and personalized for the yearning student.
PRESENTATION CLASS: Presentation classes allow gurus to run a live presentation to all their students logged in.
Besides the lessons, other facilities like bulletin board (forum), chat-rooms, text-post, and calendar are available for all gurus & sishyas to learn and grow with the esishya community!
Anyone can register to teach or learn for any class (age, sex, and demographics is collected for usage statistics only).
 

What happens after registration?

GURU: Upon registration, you will receive your registration confirmation via email. Actual confirmation are made after we receive your complete details (follow instructions on email) and is subject to esishya.com's approval. Once confirmed, your information will be added to our database and site. You can change your fee rate at any time. Students can select you as the guru & pay before commencing classes. You agree to pay esishya.com a nominal service charge.

SISHYA: Upon registration, you will receive your registration confirmation via email. Actual Class confirmations are made on a first-come-first-served basis and are subject to the guru’s approval, and will also depend on the number of enrollments. When you sign-in, you will be required to pay the required fees to view or take any lessons.

So what do I need to use this service?

Gurus & Sishyas require a Decent Laptop/Desktop (at least 1.5GHz, 1G RAM, any Operating System)
Latest Internet Browser. See compatiblity below - Javascript & flash (ver 9+) enabled (97% browsers already do). Enable cookies for some functionality.

Google Chrome Apple Safari Mozilla Firefox Microsoft IE

High Speed Internet (512kbps or higher for immediate video playback, without a preload).
High Resolution Webcam - a good quality webcam makes a difference! Instrumental students should use USB-based webcam with Microphone.
Microphone, if not available on webcam.
Speakers/Headphones (NOTE: Use ONLY headphones for video classrooms).
 

What forms of payment do you take?

Paypal & any major credit card Official PayPal Seal

How much does this service cost?

There are 4 class types offered - Virtual, Group, Private, and Presentation. Each has 4 Subscription options - Monthly, Quarterly, Half-Yearly, Yearly.
Rates depend on your billing address. All registrants fall under 'Regular' category and rates are quoted in USD, except for registrants from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan ['INR' Rates apply when Billing and Registration addresses match].
We do NOT disclose any of the guru fees on the site. Interested Sishyas can directly send a text post class enquiry to the guru (Enquiry forms are located on Guru's pages.
There is a discount based on the subscription option chosen:
Monthly: 0%
Quarterly: 10%
Half-Yearly: 15%
Yearly: 20%

(music related) I want to take Instrumental classes, but don’t have one. What do I do?

We can recommend music stores in India that ship worldwide. Allow for upto 2-3 weeks for the instrument to arrive.  

South Indian Instruments (Carnatic style): http://www.sapthaswara.com/ 

North India Instruments (Hindustani style): http://www.rajmusicals.com/ 

What if I or my guru miss a class?

Classes are tracked by the Guru via a Class Management System. As a sishya, you purchase "class credits" - 4, 12, 25 or 50 for 1-month, 3-months, 6-months, or 12-month subscription period. Even though you are on a time-bound billing cycle, you are billed only if you use all your class credits. This system allows you to learn slower or faster - you pick your pace and never worry about missing a class! 

Who will teach me?

You can pick and choose your gurus from our site. Consult with them first regarding the class schedule and class fees. For Guru profiles, Click here

What is the average class size?

Anywhere from 1 to 5 students are required for any level classes to begin. You will be notified of your class status after sign-up.
The maximum number of students per level shall not exceed 20 for Virtual or Group Classes.
Private class also has a maximum cap as the Gurus are busy folks! So, we urge you to register early on.
[Subject to change]

Can sishyas enroll & start anytime?

For Virtual and Group classes, If you register at a certain date, then you will only receive video lessons from that date onwards, and will not fully benefit from the service, as lessons lost cannot be re-learnt. If you are willing to prepay for prior lessons, then access to prior lessons will be granted. Send us an email at admin@esishya.com, if you choose to do so.
For Private classes, you may start anytime.
 

Is there any registration fee? And Can I cancel service at anytime?

No. There is no registration fee.
Yes. Billing cycles end monthly. You can unsubscribe from your account page. Any usused fees will be re-imbursed to you.


You dont offer the discipline that I want to learn?

We are working on other disciplines currently - just let us know which discipline you are interested in. You may request any guru to join esishya.com at any point in time.

What kind of student am I expected to be??

All esishya students must be highly commited and responsible. Minimum age is 9 to enroll in this service. Gurus will monitor student activities and have the right to take action if a student is not keeping up with the lessons. On the other hand, good students will be rewarded, ie promptly promoted to the next level at the right time.

For Gurus, is there any training required. How do I get paid for my teaching?

No. There is no training required. The portal is intuitively designed. We have a guru help page in your account to guide you.
All Class fees collected from your students are subject to a nominal esishya.com service charge. Remaining fees will be sent to you via PayPal immediately. After your class and enrollment confirmation, you will receive your esishya-guru contract laying out the payment terms. Your per class fee can be changed at anytime by you from your 'My Account' page. On any fee rate change all student's class credits will be adjusted accordingly. Upon a student unsubscription, all unused fees is to be returned via PayPal.


I have an unanswered question. What do I do?

Send an email at: admin@esishya.com 
 

  1. Virtual Class

How will classes be conducted?

Lessons will be posted weekly basis. This will be in the form of 40-45mins of Video. You may view the lessons any number of times. Once you have mastered the lesson, you may wish to practice using your webcam to save them on our server. The practice lessons will be reviewed by your Guru and you will receive useful feedback in order to progress in your lessons. Email notifications regarding class postings and announcements will be sent to your registered email address.
So, your practice is critiqued by a professional artist, and you continue to get quality lessons each week!
 

What quality will the lessons videos be provided in?

Lessons are recorded by your gurus using a high-definition webcam and uploaded to the server at a video resolution of 640x480 pixels at 30fps with audio recordings at 96kbps.

All practice videos are recorded in real-time to our server at a lower rate (as upload bandwidth is limited for online recording). The video resolution is 320x180 pixels at 15fps with audio at 96kbps. 

So it's all video files?

Majority of the teachings coming every week from the guru are via video. Students have the option of posting text questions to their gurus. Students can also post text to the entire class. Gurus can give individual feedback or post class announcements as text announcements. Besides teachers can also post images files and pdf files with notation and, or lyrics to aid in the teaching.

Are these all pre-recorded lessons? Will classes really be conducted every week?

No - Lessons will be posted by gurus every week, based on curriculum & class progression. Under any unforeseen circumstances, if classes do get missed for a certain week, then make up lessons will be posted by the guru prior to, or post the missed week. You still average 1 class per week!

Can I really take classes at anytime? How many classes can I view at any time?

Yes - You can learn anytime that is convenient for you, upon sign-in. You can play, pause, rewind the vidoes any number of times. Past classes (4 or 1 month worth) will be available on the server at any time.

Can anybody view my videos?

No - Only your guru can look at their student video and offer individual feedback.

Can I practice & re-record?

Yes - You can practice & record any number of times. You may view it and ensure the clarity or perfection. If you are not contented, you may delete it and re-record the best one!

What kind of feedback can I expect?

This depends on your guru. They will provide feedback based on your weekly practice to provide the correct guidance. Feedback can be via text message or via individual videos, to showcase a certain aspect of the Art-form. And then, there is grading. We have a grading system where gurus post grades on your practice. Your past grades are tracked through a graph. esishya.com believes in an objective feedback system. We believe that this will motivate students to practice regularly.

  1. Group Class

How will classes be conducted?

At a pre-determined time, all students (must meet minimum class size requirement - determined by Admin/Guru) at a certain level and their guru log onto the esishya portal and click on the Group Classroom link to enter a video conference class. Class Duration is around 1 hour. This virtual 'riyaaz' room is always available for you to also practice with other sishyas at anytime. When you sign in, your portal will give you complete access to Virtual and Group classrooms!
This will simulate an actual guru-sishya 'parampara' or 'gurukulam' - with guru and sishyas coming together.

How will classes be scheduled?

Gurus will check with students to come up with the best schedule that works for everyone. You can also text the guru to see what works best. The portal will show Guru's calendar and his/her availability. Being a Group class, try to have some time set aside and be flexible regarding days/time that you are available. Any missed classes can also be posted by Gurus as recorded videos. So, you wont miss classes.

Upon registration, can I be gauranteed of getting group lessons from the Guru on your list ?

Yes, as long as you register early on to get your spot! We are working with other reputed Gurus in case the number of student enrollments is very high.

  1. Private Class

How will classes be conducted?

At a pre-determined time, the student and their guru log onto the esishya portal and click on the Private Classroom link to enter a 2-way video chat class. Class Duration is around 45 minutes. The virtual 'riyaaz' room is also available for you to practice with other sishyas at anytime. When you sign in, your portal will give you complete access to Virtual, Group, and Private classrooms!

How will classes be scheduled?

Gurus will check with students to come up with the best schedule that works for both of you. You can also text the guru to see what works best. The portal will show Guru's calendar and his/her availability. There is flexibility regarding class time, as only you and your guru need to work out a scheduled time.

Upon registration, can I be gauranteed of getting private lessons from the Guru on your list ?

Yes, as long as you register early on to get your spot! We are working with other reputed Gurus in case the number of student enrollments is very high.

Is there a curriculum for Private classes? Can I request the Guru to teach me any song or aspect?

Since this is not a group class, there is lot of flexilibility rearding the class content. Junior students may very well follow the set curriculum laid out. For very Senior students, classes can be customized to suit your needs where you may make requests and learn just those songs.

  1. Presentation Class

How will classes be conducted?

At a pre-determined time, the students and their guru log onto the esishya portal and click on the Presentation Classroom link to enter a presentation mode class. Class Duration is determined by the guru. The room allows a typical classroom to be emulated. This is useful when teachers and students are not co-located. The presenter takes control of the presentation. He or She can go through slides as in a typical classroom. When required, the presenter can broadcast their own video or audio. They can also upload documents to share with everyone during the presentation. Use this to showcase your knowleadge among your students worldwide and conduct periodic class sessions. Course documents and quiz features can be integrated into your classroom to aid in the teaching.

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