Talentz Music Institute (TMI) is an innovative learning center for music and creativity located at Al-An Noor Street, Ruwi. TMI opened its classrooms in April 2002, as part of its quest to educate and build confidence of music lovers. Students can choose to prepare for internationally recognized examinations offered by The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) or RSL Awards (RockSchool) of London, UK. However, we also welcome and encourage learners who want to enjoy music as a hobby with no exams!!!
At TMI, we not only support the growth of our students, but also our teachers. We periodically organize training sessions for our instructors to help them improve as educators and keep up with current trends and techniques.
COVID 19 Update: Starting mid-March, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, we are temporarily offering lessons remotely via video (“Online Lessons”). All the information contained here is the same, however, online lesson timings will be for 45 mins each. Additional details below.
TMI TEACHING SYSTEM:
- The rudiments of notation, applicable theory and instrument specific skills will be taught
- Theory & Practical will be taught as a performance art, to children age 7 onwards and adults
- Sing Along/Play Along format
- The students need to bring their own instruments (except Piano & Keyboard which are provided by TMI) prescribed course material and stationary.
LEARNING THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC:
If music is a language then musicians should be ‘literate’ in every sense. To be musically literate you need skills in music theory. Learning music theory will…
- Help your ability to sight – read
- Help you to develop skills of musical interpretation and general musicianship
- Help you to write down your own compositions and arrangements
Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Violin, Recorder, and selected short-courses.
CLASS DURATION, DESIGN AND CONTENT:
Classes are one hour per week with a batch of not more than 4 students. Each student will be learning on a professional instrument in the classroom, or on their personal instrument. Classes are for beginners, intermediate, advanced, and include lessons for children as well as adults. Classes are built on the TMI’s curriculum of popular and traditional music, ABRSM & RSL syllabus.
TMI offers preparation for international exams (via ABRSM/RSL) held in April/May & Nov/Dec every year.
We periodically organize informal Mini Concerts with the aim to give students an opportunity to perform in a supportive environment.
TMI also provides opportunities to students below 18 to attend performances at the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) that are conducted especially for school students.
TMI teachers are professionally trained musicians recruited according to stringent music education criteria set forth by the ABRSM, RSL and TMI.
BENEFITS OF TMI:
- Dedicated and qualified teachers
- Timely and integrated curriculum
- Teaching facilities with professional instruments
- Integrated learning with current technology
- Undivided attention to students
- Exam preparation offered (ABRSM & RSL)
- Comfortable learning environment
- Central Location (CBD / Downtown Muscat)
TMI TIME SLOTS (Group in-person Lessons):
|CATEGORY||WEEKEND*: SATURDAYS||WEEKDAYS: SUNDAY to THURSDAY|
|Morning||9:00 to 10:00 am||9:30 to 10:30 am|
|10:00 to 11:00 am||10:30 to 11:30 am|
|11:00 am to 12:00 pm||11:30 am to 12:30 pm|
|Afternoon / Evening||2:30 to 3:30 pm||–|
|3:30 to 4:30 pm||3:30 to 4:30 pm|
|5:00 to 6:00 pm||5:00 to 6:00 pm|
|6:00 to 7:00 pm||6:00 to 7:00 pm|
|7:00 to 8:00 pm||7:00 to 8:00 pm|
*We are closed on Fridays
A. In-person group lessons:
- Admission Fee: OMR 7/- will be due as the admission fee at the time of enrollment. Please note, in case of absence for 6 months you will be considered a fresh admission.
- Monthly Fees: Four Classes per month
|Sr.||Classes||Beginner To Grade 2||Grades 3 & 4||Grades 5 & 6||Grades 7 & 8|
|1||KEYBOARD||OMR 18||OMR 22||OMR 26||OMR 32|
|2||GUITAR*||OMR 22||OMR 26||OMR 32||OMR 36|
|3||PIANO||OMR 22||OMR 26||OMR 32||OMR 36|
|4||VIOLIN||OMR 22||OMR 26||OMR 32||OMR 36|
|5||OTHER: Ukulele, Recorder, Viola||Kindly consult with the Administrator to see what additional instrument is available for learning at this time.|
*GUITAR OPTIONS: CLASSICAL, ACOUSTIC (STEEL STRING), ELECTRIC, BASS
Please note: Government declared holidays are considered as holidays for the school by default. If your class coincides with these holidays, you will not be compensated.
B. Online Lesson Fees:
Above in-person fees will apply with an addition of OMR 3 for one-on-one lessons. Time slot will be adjusted to 45 mins.
RIGHT OF ADMISSION ARE RESERVED:
Admissions will be granted or refused at the sole discretion of the TMI’s Management.
FEEDBACK AND SUGGESTIONS:
We are constantly seeking to improve and we value your feedback. For all your concerns, complaints & suggestions please email the management at institute[at]talentz.net.
TMI TIPS TO STUDENTS:
Study after study has proven that Music education dramatically increases early brain development and improves student’s overall academic performance. It’s essential to develop good timely practice habits of at least 30 minutes a day for progress in music – which should be strictly followed from the first class.
FAQS (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
(Q) When do you need an instrument?
(A) When a student begins to learn music!
(Q) Where do you find your instruments & how do you get your best price?
(A) Talentz has a full line of standard instruments, many of which are used in classrooms at TMI. All enrolled students are eligible for an additional discount on the lowest net price on most instruments and products. A beginner student does not need the top-of-the-line instrument; however, a poor quality instrument must be avoided to help maintain a student’s interest and desire to pursue music. Teachers can offer recommendations and will be happy to give guidance in the selection process. To guarantee your savings, be a member of the TMI family.
(Q) Any tips for parents?
(A) Kids are interested in everything; It’s up to you to help your child narrow his focus and concentrate on pursuits that he will find rewarding.
(Q) What is the difference between Piano Lessons and Keyboard Lessons?
(A) First, we should understand the general difference between the two instruments: Piano & Keyboard. A Piano is an acoustic instrument (under string/percussion family) with weighted keys whereas a Keyboard is an electronic instrument with un-weighted keys and electronic sound source; and offers opportunities to play along with backing tracks. Each has their own unique benefits. For quick reference, when you think of “Piano”, you can think of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and other classical musicians. And when you think of Keyboard, you can think of one-man bands, pop artists etc.
Under “Keyboard Lessons” students are taught to play the Right-Hand melody while the Left-Hand plays chords (one-finger or three-finger chords). This is played with accompaniment (rhythm / styles) from the keyboard. At TMI, modern contemporary music is taught through Keyboard lessons.
However, under “Piano Lessons” students are taught to play notes separately in each hand; which are then combined to form a piece. At TMI, classical music is taught through Piano lessons.
(Q) What is a good guitar for a student to begin learning?
(A) Generally speaking, there are three broad categories of guitars: Classical Guitar (Nylon String), Acoustic Guitar (Steel String), and Electric Guitar. These guitars are vastly different from each other in appearance and also in the sound produced. Nylon String Guitars are typically used for Classical music, while Steel String Guitars are typically used for pop, folk, country, contemporary music and other similar genres. Electric Guitars are typically used in various genres including rock, metal, pop, country etc. Normally, young beginners find it easy to begin with a junior sized Nylon String Guitar due to the ease in playing the strings. They may switch to Steel String Guitars at a later stage. As you grow in your musical journey, you will realize it is not uncommon to own each type of these guitars (and all the guitar types in between too)! There’s a whole world out there of guitars and accessories!
We wish you all the best in your musical journey and we look forward to seeing you make great strides!