Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music has a rotating faculty. Students get to study with two different sets of faculty during each Semester. SAM’s unique rotational faculty concept maximizes the students’ learning experience to make it as broad musically and culturally as possible. For example, the Spring 2012 faculty includes musicians from Greece, USA, Switzerland, Suriname and Colombia in the first half of the program and musicians from Israel, France, USA and Colombia in the second half of the program.
Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music’s distinguished faculty includes Composers of Oscar Winning Films, Grammy Award nominees, MacArthur Fellows and some of the most in-demand professional musicians in the world that perform and record with the world’s biggest names in music. Our faculty has performed or recorded with such luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, A.R. Rahman, Coldplay, Journey, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Illayaraja, Peter Gabriel, Eddie Palmieri, Toumani Diabate, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Victor Wooten, Joe Satriani, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Elvin Jones, Steve Coleman, Angelique Kidjo, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, Babatunde Olatunji, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Airto Moreira, Trilok Gurtu, Iva Paposov, Husnu Senlendirici, Stanley Clarke, Kenny Barron, Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis and many others.
Since its inception in July 2010, around 40 musicians from 20 countries have taught in the Diploma Program.