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Manzil Mystics

We are reimagining schools, change and learning through music and our endeavour is to make music an integral part of education for children

Learning Through Music, is the flagship programme of Manzil Mystics through which intend to create safe spaces, bring happiness, inculcate confidence and creativity, and ignite the true potential of a child. Children learn how to sing, write and compose a song, and express their feelings and aspirations through music. It acts as a magnet for them to attend school, trigger other essential elements

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Students basic
May 2023
Music bring colours to our life and that rainbow of happiness and joy should be created in our schools. The music workshops that we do are not only about learning music, it is Learning Through Music.

About the innovation

Igniting Lives through Music

"Bhaiya, I really want to have this music class, but next year I have to leave the school as I will clear my 5th class. Tuesday is my favourite day of the week. Can you come to my school next year? "  ~ Sakina, SDMC School, Jangpura, New Delhi

Most Government/ Low Income schools in India face an issue of low student attendance, largely due to lack of interest in education. This leads to low educational outcomes and low student performance.

We believe that Music has immense potential to bring a transformative change. Various studies across the world show the critical role of music education in overall development of a Child.  

Yet, most schools do not have access to Music Education. For instance, in Delhi, only ~20% schools have music teachers, of which many are inactive. Further, currently music is taught on a theoretical level in schools, failing to act as a catalyst for growth. Thus, we intend to impact classroom learning and enable life skills through our flagship programme ‘Learning through Music’ in schools.

" Music is the easiest and most engaging medium to talk about anything we want. I love how students are now more confident and melodies at the same time. "   ~ Teacher, SDMC, N Block Sewa Nagar 

We conduct interactive Music Workshops once/twice a week in Low income schools & disadvantaged communities. We teach how to sing, write and compose a song and design our activities in a way that we cover educational policies and skills. Through music classes the program is enabling Life skills, impacting Classroom learning, Gender equality and Sensitization to Social issues. Our programmes include : 

Learning Through Music :

• Identify and collaborate with Schools/ NGOs/ Communities

• Plan & design customized curriculum and conduct pre-assessment 

• Identify, Train and Place Music Facilitators in Schools / Centers, typically 2 to 3 facilitators assigned per school

• Conduct Interactive and Experiential Music Workshops over the Academic Year, typically once or twice in a week (40 to 80 sessions per year)

• Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact assessment

• A showcase or performance on stage by the children

• Curating professional choirs in low income schools

After running this project in several schools and NGOs we have seen students becoming leaders, improving their grade rates and becoming more sensitized to life skills. Our Music workshops help improve children’s happiness quotients, improve their mental health, bring out their confidence and creativity and create a sustainable impact by benefitting them in their foundation years and enable them to reach their true potential. The objective is to use Music as an initial magnet, improving attendance and triggering other elements of change and improve outcomes

We have executed the LTM program in 50 schools to-date in Delhi and 900 rural villages across India. Presently, we have curated 85 unique choirs in Delhi NCR in 35 schools with 3000 students come from low-income background. 

Case Study

We Partnered with I Am A Teacher (Tech Mahindra Foundation) in 2017 for a programme to deliver music workshops in Government schools in Delhi

• Enrolment increased from 35 to 200+ in 2 years

• More than 95% Attendance on the day of music

• 11 unique Music performances by the students

• Children were more Confident, Creative, Happy and Sensitized to Social issues

Women Empowerment Programme (WeBhor) : 

"I didn’t realize that I was learning about Menstrual Hygiene. I really love that pregnancy song that you did."  ~ Student, RPVV, INA, New Delhi

‘WeBhor’ is the Women Empowerment programme by Manzil Mystics, aimed at reaching out to adolescent girls and women especially those belonging to the disadvantaged or underprivileged sections of the society.

• The programme covers an Educational policy through music which covers Gender sensitization, Reproductive Health, Menstrual Hygiene, Career Orientation and Equality at Workplace and Home in low-income schools and communities

• They imbibe powerful messages conveyed through the compositions and knowledge sharing sessions

• Participants feel more aware, entitled and empowered at the end of the workshop.

• The programme is typically structured over Short term workshops (3 days) or Long term workshops (Once a week sessions over 4 months or 16 sessions).

• We have impacted 2500 women so far. Last year we reached out to 1500 Girls/women.

"The work is so noble and the medium is very close to everyone’s heart. I congratulate Manzil Mystics for launching such an innovative program successfully." ~ Jyotsna Davar (Teacher), RPVV, INA

Digital Content in Music to empower Communities: Manzil Mystics is creating a digital content library to reach out to larger communities.

• Collaborated with Pratham to create Digital content centered around the ‘Learning Through Music’ Project

• The videos cover the basics of Music and how Music can be used as a tool to bring out the potential of children, create happy spaces and empower communities.

• The objective is to take the programme to more and more children, especially in rural schools and communities, as we believe that happy children are the foundation of successful education and an empowered society.

• We have reached out to 60000 children through this programme, implemented in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Utter Pradesh. We intend to strengthen this programme and build on more such collaborations to take this idea to scale.

Developing Careers in Music: As part of the LTM Programme, we identify, train, place music facilitators from target communities in schools to propagate music education.

• We have developed a comprehensive curriculum covering Music education and professional skills required to deliver the Music workshops

• Our endeavor is to enable music as a sustainable source of livelihood for talented musicians

• Our aim is to create an inherent demand for music teachers in low-income schools, so that Music becomes an important and inherent part of the curriculum

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews
Shifting the paradigm of music being taught on a theoretical level in schools to music being a catalyst for growth. All around impact - learning, social emotional growth, life skills.
Music education has proven to be powerful to develop many skills, and in association with other school subjects is a way to engage the students and make classes more joyful. It is also important to bring this opportunity to vulnerable communities.
- Academy member
Academy review results
High Impact
Low Scalability
High Impact
High Scalability
Low Impact
Low Scalability
Low Impact
High Scalability
Read more about our selection process


Rani | The Period Song | Educational Song on Menstrual Cycle | Manzil Mystics Foundation | Periods
Umeed Hai | Primary School Choir | There Is A Hope | Manzil Mystics Foundation | COVID-19 |
Creating a space where children can be more creative and confident
We make learning classical music fun and curate at least 2 choirs in every school in a year. By the end of 3rd year the choirs are independent and can curate their own performances
Street to Stage; Making sure that people on street who can't go to school, do get access to at least one hour of music every week
Music Performance by Children with Special Needs
Music by Special People (click the link to see the video)Two years back if you were to ask us to design a music workshop for people with #autism or #downsyndrome then we would have shared just an interactive session. We would like to thank #aadingo for giving us opportunity to learn how to work with them. We had tears when we saw them performing mainstream bollywood and sufi songs.
Making learning seriously a Fun thing
Care beyond the Music Class
Once in a week Music classes
The program has a 2 fold impact; i) students get a safe and happy space where learning is fun and they get a stage where they can be creative and confidenceii) Musicians from low-income group get sustainable career
This organisation brings joy to low-income schools in Delhi with music
A unique music performance by 100 music students on Air Pollution
Do Ekum Do | Hilldaari Anthem | Supported By Nestle India
The song was made in collaboration of Nestle India
Students of Manzil Mystics performing for the first time for 500 people on a Social Cause
Learn Life Skills, History and English Through Music With Manzil Mystics
BookASmile | Independence Day Tribute | Power Of One

Implementation steps

Development of Curriculum

A curriculum framework is made which is used to build a unique curriculum according to the need of the society. The overall outcome remains the same, but cutomized curriculum makes every school and music class unique. 

Identification of Centres/ Schools

To run the music workshop in a regular government school you would need to take a formal permission from the right authorities. This is usually a yearly contract you sign with the government to run the program. 

Training of Trainers/ Facilitators/ Teachers

Music fellows/facilitators are identified and placed through an intensive 12-week long selection and training process, which comprises of a Music audition, a 5-day long intensive music facilitator workshop, 1-month observation in the active LTM classes followed by taking 8 demo classes. 

There are customized music workshops for Music Teachers and Teachers who are interested using music as a tool in their daily teaching in schools. 

Development of Standard Operating Procedures

a. Selection and Training of Music Facilitators: Music facilitators are identified and placed through an intensive selection and training process, which comprises of a Music audition, a 4 day long intensive music facilitator workshop, 1-month observation in the active LTM classes followed by taking 8 demo classes

b. Placement of the Music Facilitator in School: We place one senior facilitator and one junior facilitator in the school for one year. These music facilitators visit the school twice in a week for 2 hours (2 sessions of 1 hour each in every visit). The facilitators plan and conduct the classes with Manzil Mystics core team

c. Class Lessons: The music facilitators submit the Workshop plan at the beginning of each month. 1 core team member helps the music facilitators to plan the lessons. The lessons are planned according to the curriculum framework designed by Manzil Mystics

d. Assessment: The Music facilitators conduct a pre and post assessment using Random Sampling Method. The assessment tool has been designed by Manzil Mystics (adapted from the Dream A Dream Life Skills assessment scale). The children are selected by random sampling method (40% of the population of the class takes the part in the assessment). Also, a teacher or the principal fills up the assessment. At the end of the year we compare both the pre and post assessments to assess the change and impact

Also, a 5-minute video is made on the first day of class to observe how students sing in a group. At the end of the year another 5-minute video of the students is made to assess the growth and impact

e. Documentation: The facilitators make videos in every class followed by pictures of the session. Also, at the end of the month there is a story of change we call it “Perfect Pitch” given by the music facilitators

f. Cancellation of the Class: We highly discourage a facilitator to cancel the class. We either shift the class to another day of the week or find a replacement teacher for the day only in high emergency period. The facilitator has to inform the Manzil Mystics coordinator at least 3 days in advance before cancelling the class

g. Closure of the Workshop: Every year of the workshop ends with a showcase organized by Manzil Mystics and the school/organization. Within 5 days after the showcase, we do the end term assessment to see the actual result. Then we write a fresh proposal to the school for another year

Closure of the Workshop by Yearly Showcase

Every child gets an opportunity to perform on stage or produce song that they write/compose. Children increase confidence and creativity in this step as they get opportunity to perform without any judgement. Every child gets a chance to perform as we don't select or reject students for the showcase. 

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