Music Institute new addition to Dubai Knowledge Village

DUBAI — The Music Institute, a subsidiary of the professional training company Samtech Middle East, has become the latest addition to the Dubai Knowledge Village.

By Zein Basravi

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Published: Sat 18 Dec 2004, 11:08 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:30 PM

It is the first school for musical education to set up shop in Knowledge Village and offers comprehensive practical and theoretical training in music and musical instruments.

“There are only a very few musical institutes around Dubai,” said Shirley Aldana, TMI Administration Manager. “I think in terms of the diversity of cultures coming in and in terms of modern times, people are now getting into music here in Dubai,” he added.

According to Aldana, the institute hopes to cater to the growing demand for quality musical training in the city and will offer training in musical theory, voice, piano, guitar, violin, drums, saxophone, flute, and the clarinet. Classes are geared towards individuals or small groups and designed to be “fun”.

“We are expecting all markets, all levels, all ages and all nationalities,” Aldana said. “Currently enrolled students include, British and Local people,” he added.

The school is affiliated with the Trinity College of Music and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, both based in London. Representatives from these schools come to Dubai twice every year to conduct testing and grade certification for all the city’s music schools.

While TMI boasts the best in quality musical training and professionally certified instructors, their current location in Knowledge Village may be a problem.

“Dubai is really stuck with traffic problems and the transportation of children is very difficult,” said Rathi Somanath, Crystal Music Institutes managing director. “I know that knowledge village is developing now and that area is developing. We’ll open an institute there in the future maybe, but now it is too far.”

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