Miami Fine Arts Academy
There are five main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of music instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with, and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a music program.
Here are 5 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a music studio for their child.
1. Are Music Studios Sound Insulated?
Out attractive music studios are also sound insulated with observation window and doors to give students and parents a sense of “open doors” comfort and security. It also gives parents an opportunity to observe how the class is progressing without distracting the child with their presence. You will still hear some sound, and it is normal and in many cases is welcomed, as other students get inspired by more advanced students and teachers’ playing.
Our studios are equipped with all the necessary materials, including a desk and a white board where students can work on their music theory concepts.
2. What Type of Instruments are Used?
Almost all of our studios are equipped with acoustical pianos, as we believe that it is the best and most pure way of learning and appreciating music. Very few studios use acoustical instruments, because of the expense involved not only in acquiring instruments but also in their regular (such as twice a year piano tuning), and usually opt for cheaper substitutions, such as keyboards.
3. How Often & Where Does the School Offer Performing Opportunities?
Performance is an important aspect of musician’s development. Performing for others is the greatest motivator in continuous practice and instrumental proficiency. If students are not given opportunities to perform and not encouraged to do so regularly, they easily lose interest and move on to other activities. They will always wonder why no one stopped them from quitting. Regularly scheduled music recitals motivate students to practice and foster confidence and sense of accomplishment. Hosting recitals in professional concert halls is especially important to students, as it makes a big difference in their experience of the event. Many schools choose much smaller concert venues without a stage, and often at a local church. While such arrangements are acceptable, the students will never have a sense of what it is like to be on a big stage in an auditorium with great acoustical properties.
4. Can I Get Immediate Assistance and Customer Service?
In many studios, the teacher or the studio owner conducts classes and does the administration. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher has to use class time for customer service issues, or the studio may have no customer service available if the teacher if in a class. To have a good experience, it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even if a teacher if occupied in a class. Our school has office staff on hand during all regular class times, so you can get immediate assistance (from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM Mondays-Fridays, and on Saturdays from 8:30 AM until 6:00 PM.
5. Can I Purchase my Music Supplies at the School?
Many music studios are not equipped to accommodate and maintain retail store in-house, and they send parents to local stores or to purchase things on Internet. Due to multiple choices in sheet music and lack of requested inventory in stock create confusion and frustration for parents, as they realize that they may have to make several trips to a store. Meanwhile, students do not bring proper learning materials for weeks to their music class. In our school, students can purchase all the recommended by the teacher materials even before their first class.
We ensure constant restocking of inventory and can accommodate custom orders within a week. It is convenient and highly recommended to purchase supplies in-house, as our teachers review and approve our teaching methods and will only sell you what you need. Our retail store saves parents time and money.
We absolutely passionate about students and music education. It shows in everything we do. We invite you to experience out warm and friendly environment where we strive for a positive learning environment and quality arts education.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
We offer our students two options: an opportunity to take an Ingroductory class (a sample class) or an opportunity to enroll right away.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Our teachers are experts in the field with advanced music degrees and multiple years of teaching experience.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Yes. Our pricing sheet is available on www.miamifineartsacademy.com
How did you get started teaching?
We opened our Academy in 2008 with only 12 students. Since then, we have been providing hundreds of South Florida families with quality music education. We now have over 450 happy students attending our music, dance, and art programs.
What types of students have you worked with?
We work with students from ages 2 years old to mature adults.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
We are currently working on preparing some of our students for Miami Fine Arts Academy Carnegie Hall Debut Recital in NY on November 5, 2016. We are very excited to take our students on such amazing musical adventure.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look for a professional setting and a professional and experienced teacher.
1. Consistency in music classes (weekly set schedule)
3. Regular performing opportunities (recitals, other performing events) preferrably in concert halls
4. Incentive systems
5. Proper insturment to take lessons on at the time of the class and at home
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
1. Think of what you would like to achieve by taking music classes and by what means?
2. How can the teacher facilitate this process?
3. How can the student help his/her progress?
4. What materials and methods does the teacher recommend?
5. What style of music does the student prefer and how does the teacher feel about teaching this style?