Kirtan Leader Institute

Learn, Share and Lead the Art of Sacred Chant.

 Come for the Music, Stay for the Transformation ®

 Kirtan Leader Institute is a premier Kirtan training organization offering a proven methodology to help you build the skills and confidence required to chant at home and serve others through Sacred Chant. Led by life-long musician Mike Cohen and an amazing team of instructors, our programs support and guide chant fans in launching their practice for the first time all the way through recording albums and playing for rooms (even festivals!) full of chant-lovers. The lives of participants in this learning community unfold as they develop, producing Kirtan Leaders who are successful in the world, deep in their spirituality and skilled at serving others through this potent spiritual practice. Are you ready to chant your heart open? You're in the right place!

 Come for the Music, Stay for the Transformation ®

 Kirtan Leader Institute is a premier Kirtan training organization offering a proven methodology to help you build the skills and confidence required to chant at home and serve others through Sacred Chant. Led by life-long musician Mike Cohen and an amazing team of instructors, our programs support and guide chant fans in launching their practice for the first time all the way through recording albums and playing for rooms (even festivals!) full of chant-lovers. 

Easy & Effective Kirtan Training for All Levels & Backgrounds

Practice Kirtan at Home

L1: Launch
Beginner 


Our Level One trainings are 100% designed to help you LAUNCH your home chant practice. Through professional vocal and rhythm training, you will learn how to play a number of exciting chants. This training level is designed for Beginners, no experience and not even a harmonium is required to start!

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Share Kirtan

L2: Share
Experienced 


Our Level Two trainings build on the material you learned in Level One and prepare you to SHARE Kirtan with others. You will learn musicianship, leadership, more complex chants, and go deeper with your vocal and rhythm training.

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Lead Kirtan

L3 + L4: Lead
Professional


LEAD Kirtan professionally! Our Level Three and Four trainings help you deepen all of your skills as a Kirtan Leader. You will expand your repertoire, learn to lead a band with grace and ease, write and record your own original chants, tour, play at festivals and more.

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Learn with KLI Online

Students of Kirtan Leader Institute can learn from Mike via one-on-one coaching sessions over Zoom, Skype or Facetime. We also offer group trainings that are 100% online so you can receive full-scope Kirtan education virtually.

Learn with KLI Live

Students of Kirtan Leader Institute can learn from Mike via one-on-one coaching sessions, group classes, and weekend intensives live at our training space in Boulder, Colorado. Join the waitlist for 2022 live classes.

Harmonium Guide

Buying a harmonium doesn't have to be a headache. Find everything you need to buy your perfect harmonium plus info on Colorado harmonium rentals at Kirtan Leader Institute.

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Upcoming Trainings

 Ready to embark on your Kirtan journey and empower your Sacred Chant practice? Our school is now enrolling new students! View additional offers by clicking the button below.

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Launch Your Home Chant Practice

Launch Your Home Chant Practice

ONLINE This 7-week entry-level Kirtan course is designed to empower you with a holistic home chant practice. Learn 7 easy-to-learn chants, awareness practices, yogic deity teachings and much more.

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Share Kirtan with Others

Share Kirtan with Others

ONLINE This 6-week intermediate Kirtan course explores seven beautiful chants from your favorite artists. This new course will teach you new chants approached in a new an fun way with interesting chords and chord voicings on the harmonium.

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Private Kirtan Lessons

Sacred Chant Mentorship

ONLINE Jumpstart your Kirtan practice through Sacred Chant Mentorship with Mike. Open to all levels of experience, extra support and real time feedback will help you meet your Kirtan leadership goals as you learn your favorite chants.

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Free Sacred Chant Course

Try out our super user-friendly teaching system by learning three songs in this free course.

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Meet Mike Cohen

Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed thousands of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe, from total beginners to dozens he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with two decades experience developing and coaching leaders, Mike has created a curriculum that supports total newbies in quickly and easily learning to play chants from their favorite Kirtan artists (like Krishna Das and Snatam Kaur) without needing to understand or learn Western or Indian Classical music (Sargam). Training for advanced students expands beyond Musicianship into important domains such as Psycho-Spiritual Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship, and Minimizing Spiritual Bypassing, using teachings and practices informed by Somatics, the Enneagram of Personality, Integral Theory, Ontology, Integral Unfolding, the Dattatreya lineage of Sri Kaleshwar, and more.

Mike has released four critically-acclaimed full length Kirtan albums, the most recent two with Grammy Award-nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For well over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. In 2014 he had the honor of opening up for Krishna Das at Bhakti Fest Midwest. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he leads Kirtan and trains Kirtan Leaders to share the exquisite practice of sacred chant. More at www.KirtanLeader.com

Meet Mike Cohen

Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed thousands of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe, from total beginners to dozens he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

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7 Reasons to Chant: Free Guide

Join our email community and receive our free guide "7 Reasons to Chant, Even if You Think You Can't."
In addition, you'll receive ongoing inspiration and motivation as you progress on your chant path! Plus be the first to know when we release new courses, host events, and have exciting bonuses to share!