Music has this magical quality of connecting people, transcending borders uniting hearts. It is a stress buster helping you escape the chaos of mundane life. Blessed are the people who are gifted with the ability to create good music. And if you are one of them you must nurture this talent. But don’t join any musical academy! Ask yourself these questions and consider the following points before taking any step.
Read through the prospectus and know more about the academy’s motto
Research and know as much as you can about the academy. Its position among the other music schools, the quality of teaching and teachers, the infrastructure and student feedback must be considered. Go through the music programs and syllabus to see if you find anything in it that grabs your attention.
If possible talk to some pass outs and seniors to learn about the ropes of the school. Also the quality of services that they provide, is it just another commercial organization or does it actually focus on teaching its students quality music?
Money matters, but it’s secondary to quality, always
Yes money matters. After all you’re spending a whole lot of it, investing in your future. Music schools usually charge according to their reputation and quality. Newly set up music schools tend to go easy on the monthly fees, to motivate early adopters to enroll.
However, we’d suggest you to go for a school that is well within your budget but not at the cost of quality, that’s because you ideally don’t want to be in a situation of tuition hopping few months down the line. You can even apply for scholarships and other student programs to bring down the cost.
How accessible is it from your place?
The location is another important issue that you have to take note of. The distance between your place and the academy has bearings on several factors – the time you need off work to make it to the class, stresses and costs of travelling, ease of carrying your equipment to the class, and so forth.
The idea of being at a music school away from the hustle and bustle of the city, situated in a quiet countryside to set the atmosphere of learning, might have to wait for your retirement. For time being, we recommend you seek the services of a professional music tutor within approachable distance.
The caliber and professionalism of the faculty
The most important factor about any institution is its teaching faculty and staff. They determine the quality of the lessons provided by the academy. Go for a music school that hires professional and established musicians to give lessons.
Teachers who have ample experience in the field of music and who encourage budding musicians to follow their dreams encourage students and help them grow. A good teacher must encourage curiosity and have knowledge enough to quench it. A good teacher realizes your potential and strengths and helps you enhance them.
Know your role in the relationship
The teacher can only teach you the technicalities, and can help you get started on your music journey. It is you who must do all the hard work. As you have some expectations from your academy, the academy expects something back from you as well. Your music school expects you to religiously follow the rules of the institution and not break the decorum, never do anything that might degrade it. Also your music academy wants you to maintain a stellar performance in each semester and practice regularly. Be punctual in your classes and maintain a decent score.
Look for some leeway and flexibility
Other than the location, the cost and the institution’s goodwill and teacher acuity also take note of the schedule. Take into consideration the routine and the time of your classes and plan your daily schedule accordingly.
For instance check if the school offers flexible options of morning or evening classes. There will always be the odd event necessitating skipping your regular music class; it helps to have the alternative of hopping into the next day’s morning session to make up for the loss, right?
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