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

Manzil Mystics

location_on Delhi, India
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
Anurag, Co-founder
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.

Anurag, Co-founder


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Innovation Overview

Target Group
73 000
Updated on June 21st, 2022
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


HundrED Academy Review

This can be scalable as many schools would already have some basic musical instruments but are often under utilised as the schools no train teachers. Music is hardly seen as part of the learning process by many institutions. Excellent and very needed innovation.

- HundrED Academy Member

I have seen the power of Music in making people happy & confident to communicate better and develop wholistically. The fact this innovation is providing access to Music Education in a structured manner to the low income and rural schools is great!

- HundrED Academy Member
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See this innovation in action

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


Achievements & Awards

November 2021
HundrED 2022
July 2021
India's First Mobile Studio: We have converted a Bus into a moving music classroom, recording studio and a performance stage. Also, it has a Smart TV to deliver music digital content to low-income communities.
June 2021
Capacity Building Workshop with 100 Delhi Government Teachers on How to Use Music as a Tool in Education
April 2021
Launched 35 new digital education music content for 15000 children in Delhi NCR
April 2021
Launch of Digital Library and Performing Lab: We have built a physical computer lab to upskill music students from low-income background in Audio Production, Filmmaking and Live Sound Management
January 2021
Manzil Mystics got selected for Gratitude Fellowship (a USA based yearlong fellowship)
June 2020
Innovation page created on
March 2020
Training session for representative of 1200 schools in Rajasthan, 30 schools in Delhi and 4 non-profits to make music part of learning for 250000 children
March 2020
Curated 85 choirs in 35 schools with 3000 children in Delhi government and low-income school
November 2019
Manzil Mystics got selected for Wipro Seeding Program
September 2019
Co-founder of Manzil Mystics; Anurag Hoon got selected for Arts For Good Fellowship by Singapore International Foundation
September 2019
The story of Learning Through Music got selected for INK Talk 2019
August 2019
Manzil Mystics launched Music literacy program in 900 villages for 60000 children
July 2019
Co-founder of Manzil Mystics; Niti Pandey represented India as musician in Ethno India, Ethno Germany and Ethno Flanders in 2019
June 2018
Out of 1100 applications, Manzil Mystics was one of ten organizations selected by N/core (The Nudge Foundation)
January 2018
Manzil Mystics got selected for Unltd India Incubation Program

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Development of Curriculum
A standard curriculum will be developed and shared, which can be customized as per language, location and schools/ communities
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Identification of Centres/ Schools
Schools / Centres will need to be identified where the programme can be implemented and partnerships/collaborations established. Permissions from school authorities will be required to be taken
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Training of Trainers/ Facilitators/ Teachers
A training curriculum will be developed and shared which will cover Music skills and Skills beyond Music required to implement the programme
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Development of Standard Operating Procedures
SOPs will be developed and shared to maintain quality standards in delivery across locations/ countries
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Closure of the Workshop by Yearly Showcase
Every year of the workshop ends with a showcase where students get opportunity to perform or produce their music.
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