New Cayman music school opens

The new Cayman Music School, off
Godfrey Nixon Way, is paving the way in developing youth for all aspects of
music and performing.

The idea behind the institution is
to provide a comprehensive music education that will allow students from the
school to be able to contribute and or adapt in just about any musical
situation, according to Instructor Inna Kazakova.

She pointed out that the school
offers those who pass through its curriculum the tools to have a career in
music and offers courses in areas such as piano, violin, guitar, flute and
drums.

“We provide our students with a
complete performance experience, in addition to organized concepts of music
theory, history and technology,” she explained.

Instrumental and vocal music theory
classes will be offered at the school twice per week free of charge. These
include ear training, music theory, music appreciation and composition.

Ms Kazakova noted that these
courses are basic requirements for being able to progress and master the other
subjects offered at Cayman Music School. She suggested that this elementary
foundation would ease the students’ transition to becoming all-rounded professional
musicians.

There is also the possibility of
sitting external exams and intensive preparation is offered to students who are
interested, according to representatives at the school.

During the school year, recitals
and concerts are performed by students to help to enforce, as well as enhance,
their artistic-professional experience. In addition, scholarships are offered
to students who exhibit exceptional skills.

Ms Kazakova explained:“Because
another goal of the school is to discover talent and develop the potential of
pupils, a scholarship programme has been organized, which will aid those who
show special abilities in a certain area.”

She added that it was often easier
to spot these abilities in an individual who had a great voice than someone who
might be a gifted guitarist, as the guitarist would need to do quite a bit more
to become proficient enough to master the instrument and exhibit special
aptitude, whereas a singer’s instrument is his voice, which is more natural.

Starting in September, Cayman Music
School will introduce children to the Suzuki piano method, which essentially
puts emphasis on an early beginning, parental participation and note learning.
Children look, listen and imitate as part of the course.

There are also regular private
lessons and periodic group lessons, where children as young as 3 years old are
accepted without any pre-selection and introduced to music one step at a time.

“It is a highly individualistic
method in that no child proceeds to the next step until the previous one had
been fully mastered, no matter how long it takes,” she said.

Additionally, there are December
and April camps offered, with no more than two students who have the highest
achievements during the term being entitled to enrol in a complimentary music
camp programme.

Cayman Music School is open Monday
through Friday from 2pm to 8pm and on Saturday from 8am to 5pm.

For more information e-mail: [email protected].

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Inna Kazakova teaches a class of beginners.
Photo: Stuart Wilson
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