Learn. Improvise. Perform
Founded by Karan Khosla and Divya Gupta, The Goa Jazz Academy was created in 2018 to create a grassroots music education institute in Goa that caters to adults and professional musicians by making music accessible and fun.
Originally trained as a physicist, Karan migrated to the world of finance and management consulting and spent over fourteen years working with corporates, foundations, and governments on projects related to infrastructure, education, environment, and finance. Karan comes with substantial experience in operations, project management, and systems analysis. Although Karan had been playing seriously as a musician (on the side) for many years, he decided, (in his mid 30’s) to get himself a proper music education, learned the ropes and the foundations of the trade and industry, and make the jump to being a professional musician. He hasn’t looked back since!
Prior to starting the academy, Divya ran her own successful insurance business which dealt with managing liabilities for some of the largest corporate houses in India. Her background in Economics and a deep understanding of business operations has allowed her to streamline and develop practical, administrative systems for The Goa Jazz Academy.
Karan and Divya saw a huge gap in the music education space and that was adult music education and performance-based teaching. GJA believes age shouldn’t be a barrier to learning anything.
We want to make music a part of your everyday life. Come learn with us!
We are deeply invested in community building and offer all our students a bi-monthly student jam wherein they can find a safe space to try out new things that they are working on, do so on the bandstand, live with other musicians. Concerts held at the Academy are deeply intimate – and focus on music and artists first – and have become very popular in Goa.
Our ensemble of passionate educators believe in the power a good education holds.