FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


  1. Fees FAQ
    1. Why are the fees so cheap in India?
    2. Compared to the US, Europe, Australia, Singapore the deamnd is less. Opportunities for music as a business in the traditional sense is small. However our Teachers are comparable mostly UK exam certified and qualifed and of International Quality in most instances.
    3. Why are the fees more than at other places?
    4. While we are in mass education the focus is on group, class, batch, band playing. Playing together is essential to music and we are bringing 4,5,12,24,100's, 1000's of instruments and musicians together to play together. From day-one you learn to do this. Our quality, mass-customisation and individual attention is BETTER than all other schools as we help, support and work with you outside the class and during the week as well.
    5. What is this Subscription? Annual Subscription?
    6. We charge an annual ONLINE personalised LOGIN for every Individual-Personal, Teacher-Classroom OR Institute LICENSE. This is and will be used by your teacher in every class. You have access to it at home or work. Parents help their children through this login. You get books, scales & arpeggios, minus-one, theory, reference material, syllabus, week-on-week lesson plans, other-instrument information, sheet music, learning albums ... worth Rs. 50,000/-+. You SAVE lots of other music related expenses.
    7. What do you mean by 1 + 167 hours?
    8. Your class may be for a maximum of 1 hour a week. However what and how you spend the rest of the week (24 hours x 7 days = 168 less 1) is as important to your music development. Do you practice? Do you listen? Do you perform? Do you go to quality music concerts and performances? Do you think about music? Are you fit? Breathing exercises? Finger deterity? There is a lot of music related activity that is important.
    9. What do you mean by Sustainability?
    10. Music and playing an instrument requires a lot of time; patience and staying with it. We want to help in ensuring that you stay motivated; constant stimulus is introduced on a daily basis; you find it convenient to meet and play with others; you will play your instrument for atleast one hour every day over YEARS of making music a way of life for yourself.
    11. How do I pay?
    12. You can pay be cash (or cheque or demand draft) in the name of Music International. Please ensure that you get a receipt for all payments within 7 days. In the case of cash payment please ensure that you get a signed numbered acknowledgement on the spot.
    13. Is the Subscription refundable?
    14. No. Under any and most circumstances no. However if you have a genuine grievance please do make a written request for our consideration.
    15. How do I get individual attention?
    16. If for some reason you need special attention or have learning difficulties or are musically challenged in some way ... we expect you to come earlier or stay back (or even come to another location on another day); to help you overcome such a problem with specialised programme.
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  2. Style or Genre
    1. What is genre?
    2. Once you have learnt even a little bit of playing an instrument; very early you - with us - will have to decide what music you like to listen to, enjoy and would like to play. Broadly what we consider are 2; 1. Western Classical Music and 2. Other or Popular.
    3. What is Western Classical Music?
    4. Is only a particular instrument or groups of instumnents and particular music usually 100's of years old and played in a particular way for an audience who are particular about all this. You learn to be a part of this.
    5. What is Other or Popular genre?
    6. Anything else including; Rock, Blues, Reggae, Folk, Carnatic, Hindustani, Bollywood, Samba, Tango, Nashville Sound, Country & Western, Jazz, Flamenco, Japanese, Chinese, Korean ... any and all other genres would fall into this.
    7. I want to learn Jazz
    8. Jazz is complex and not easily acquired skill. You have to build a good foundation in THEORY and be intuitive and INNOVATIVE even to play one song. Again you have to choose the right instrument. You can sing jazz style; play jazz with a concert flute, clarinet, jazz guitar, piano, string bass etc. You should join one of our regular tracks and we will lay the foundation for your jazz aspirations.
    9. I want to learn Bollywood and Filmi Gana
    10. You are welcome. The keyboard and guitar are essentially western and rooted in the classical traditions of the piano and classical guitar. Learning this may give you the best possible foundation. However if you want a 'fast-food', Quick-keyboard or Quick-Guitar thats also on offer. Talk to us. Most contemporary music whether Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Malayalam, Korean, Japanese, Thai or Latin is going international with the same sort of sound, instruments and music as a genre. We teach you that!
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  3. Infrastructure FAQ
    1. Convenience
    2. We are working towards CONVENIENNCE being the key word for studnets. Close-to-home. Close-to-work. Walk to your music class. Starting with 5, then 20, 81 locations across Bangalore and more. Its' one of the ways we will be growing our business.
    3. Performance, Events
    4. What do you do after you learn? A key aspect is our weekly performance, events at centres across the city. Track our events Calendars for this.
    5. What PC do I need to use this website?
    6. At a first level any PC that runs a browser will do. You will be able to access most of the information, view Music Scores, see viauals etc.
    7. What about sound?
    8. You must get a decent set of Stereo Speakers. (A surround or 5.1 System is of no use as no recording will be 5.1 anyway). With falling prices you should spend on a higher wattage system preferably with a sub-woofer included. You can connect it to your main Music System for even better sound.
    9. What about MIDI?
    10. Since many of the practice files are in MIDI (We will try to get you the best possible quality); you may want to take the MIDI out from your PC into a MIDI keyboard and then into your Amp/Speakers. Your MIDI keyboard sound-chip-generator will be far better than the PC sound-card.
    11. What about video?
    12. We already have Video-Conferencing. However implementing this will require your infrastructure to be easier to use. The future looks good. Microsoft has bought Skype and is bringing this to the XBox. The Kinect on an Xbox has a good camera and the sound-pick-up is effective. It has wide-angle well. That's the way we would like to go.
    13. How about Chat, Talking, Listening to a live musical performance?
    14. The key for this will be for you to have a separate and good quality microphone on a stand. ie. The usual 2-in-1 head-phone set with microphone has to be close to your mouth and is not of good quality. If you were playing an instrument and want the other person to hear it; the microphone, recording quality, storage size or throughput size and bandwidth at either end has to be good enough for this.
    15. What if I do not have a Computer?
    16. Not a problem. Then we'll print out all the material and give that to you. Sometimes - after getting your approval - it may cost you actuals. Also we can give you a CD of video and other content for you to use at a Cyber-Cafe or on a friends computer.
    17. What if I do not use email?
    18. Again not a problem. Just let us know and we will print any and all emails of the week and see that you get it at the next class.
    19. What if I do not have Internet connectivity?
    20. Just let us know; and we will see that you get all the material on a Memory stick or other way that you can get your weekly material from us.
    21. What if I do not have broad always on-Internet connectivity?
    22. Again we will see that the high-bandwidth content such as Video & Music files etc. are made avaialble to you through CD, Memory stick or other means. Print-outs are always an option.
    23. Want some help on all this?
    24. While our focus is music and all this is really tech-support from your PC supplier, please get in touch with, email, talk to us and we will help you as best as we can related to Tech.Support.
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  4. Our Teachers
    1. Who will my teacher be?
    2. This is usually decided at the time of joining depending on your choice of Instrument. This person is your Teacher; key-Faculty or Mentor. However since we have a lot of Teachers; different music expertise AND some of them have more time; while others may not be Computer; email NOR Internet-savvy ... we may have more than one person interacting with you. It is usually better as you learn more and get different persepctives of the same thing. After all music is about instinct, talent and the 5+12 notes in music ... even if it gets very complicated and advanced as you learn more.
    3. What happens if my teacher is changed?
    4. As an academy and institute you will be exposed to a range of our teachers. Even if you opt for only Quick Guitar or Quick keyboard, we may have a voice teacher doing one class. Another may take theory. Your performance and events will be co-ordinated by other. Your online remote voice support will be handled by another. You get the best that we can put forward at the time.
    5. What if I am unhappy with my Teacher?
    6. Please send an email or SMS to us immediately. We will look into it. We have a Teacher training programme ever Monday EVERY week. Our teachers have to learn regularly, play and perform too. That is the nature of the business. They learn other instruments, get better qualified, learn more, meet other teachers and are constantly improving themselves.
    7. What about Examinations & Certificatss?
    8. Currently we offer the British ABRSM and Guidhall Trinity Examination & Certifications. We are in discussion with the best Music Schools in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and USA for such options to Students.
    9. What language will be the Voice Singing be in?
    10. The learning and training of voice will be in English with songs of our choice. In association with the respective Cultural Assocations; our French, German, Italian, Spanish, British, Amercian ... song books and repertoire will come from a combined effort with Leaders, Teachers and Support-Staff taken and coming from you. for Langauge based Singing.
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  5. Student Guidelines
    1. The decision to ACCEPT or REJECT any student at any time is the sole and exclusive right of Music International AND/OR its Partner Institutions.
    2. Fees per month will be determined from time to time; currently Rs. 2,000/- (Less than US $10/-, EURO 8/- or UK Pound 7/- per hour).
    3. On joining PLUS Annual Charge for Books & Materials; online access to resources etc. Rs. 2,000/- annual.
    4. Refundable deposit of 3 months; ie. Rs. 6,000/-
    5. Rs. 1,000/- extra for Examination Preparations. Fees, Books etc. extra
    6. Music related Assessment, Counselling, Advisory. Rs. 1,000/- per hour.
    7. All fees payable in advance before the 1st class of each month. Please ensure you collect a Receipt.
    8. Approved in good working condition Music Instruments ONLY; should be brought to the Class each time.
    9. Non-attendance still requires fees. (Overheads, Faculty are being paid etc). Student missing classess will NOT be made up. However FACULTY missing classses will be made up.
    10. A Senior Mentor Key-Faculty will be assigned to every student. Other Faculty may assist or take actual classes from time to time.
    11. For every ONE hour of Teaching; student is expected to put in at least SIX hours during the week.
    12. Internet, chat, email, phone support during the week.
    13. Attendance must be 75% PLUS at all times over annual Calendar Period of time.
    14. ABSENT with written LETTER and one months notice; Fees can be ON-HOLD indefinitely. Not-communicated, non-attendance exceeding 2 months implies forfeiture of Deposit
    15. While being extremely lenient regular practice and a reasonable quality of musical performance must be attained to be Music International Student.
    16. The Rules & Regulations of the Institute at which these Classes and Programmes are conducted MUST also be followed.
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