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Cultivating musical skills

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The month of Ramadan, characterised by school holidays and shortened working hours, could be the perfect time for anyone to explore his potential in the music field or cultivate his musical skills. Whether one is a beginner or a seasoned instrumentalist, there are many schools in the UAE that offer instrumental tuitions matching one’s skill requirements.

Trainings, which are open to both adults and children, teach individuals starting from scratch the basics of playing an instrument, including music theory. Instruments include piano, organ, guitar, drums, keyboard, violin, viola, cello, flute, saxophone, trumpet and a lot more. For intermediate and advanced levels, schools tailor sessions for participants to improve their existing skills, develop specific techniques and expand their knowledge of the different features that affect sound. Some schools even specialise in workshops that prepare the participants to take music exams such as those conducted by the Trinity Colleges of Music and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London.

Training institutes usually give individual and group sessions, with most schools offering them on individual basis. Lessons are generally taught for 30 minutes and can be extended to an hour for advanced students. Some schools even provide the instruments.

Although tuition fees vary depending on the instrument, the course duration and the school that offers the lesson, these usually run in the thousands.

Handy Hints
• Lessons are offered for a variety of instruments
• These are open to people of all ages and abilities
• Fees, which vary across schools, are in thousands

Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer