Frequently Asked Questions
For your convenience, our most common customer questions are answered right here
Think about your character and the type of music that you love to listen to
Music is considered to be a form of self-expression. If you consider yourself a person who is attached to relaxing, thinking and meditation then you probably tend to listen to classical or more modern soft-beat music, therefore you might consider acoustic instruments, such as the piano, classical guitar, violin … and the likes. However, if you think you’re more likely to be interested in adventure, then action hustle drums or the electric guitar might express you more.
Think of the time you will invest in the training
If you want to learn music then that means that you commit to dedicate a weekly chunk of your time to practicing. Not all instruments demand the same practicing time, some require more time such as the violin, others are easier in the beginning such as the percussion instruments (for example: the bongos)
Think of the place that you will use for training
Some instruments make a loud noise when played, such as brass instruments or the drums for example, and therefore they may demand a place with certain noise-cancellation requirements; consider that if you intend to practice in a residential area. Think also of the instrument’s size and the space needed to practice.
Think of your physical requirements
Some instruments require specific physical requirements like some brass instruments as they may be large in size or kind of heavy or maybe the piano as long fingers are considered an advantage that cannot be underestimated.
Do you prefer to work solo or in teams?
Some musical instruments shine in groups such as the Bassoon for example, and this means that you will be a part of a musical band if you decide to learn it. Try to avoid the urge to work solo if you want to play this type of instrument.
Read before you decide
A lot of resources are out there on the internet for you to help you pick; we suggest you start reading about the various instruments out there (start here), Listen to their sound and imagine yourself playing.
Try more than one
By the end of what you read so far, you must have formed some image about the kind of instrument that you think is right for you. Write the top 5 instruments that you imagined, the first one in the list: it might be what you really want to play, or it might be just what you associate learning music with. Just pick one and give it a try and if you don’t like it, select the next in your list, it’s perfectly normal! With each successive pick you’ll be digging more for that you really want and not just what you think is convenient or must have.
We hope this helped you in deciding what your favorite musical instrument is and we are always here to help so don’t hesitate to contact us and ask about what concerns you.
Some people are capable of playing songs and pieces of music by using trial & error; this is done through listening to a song and trying to reproduce what you hear on a musical instrument and adjusting to correct your mistakes till you get the song right on the instrument; however, this method is not always accurate and it may require some time till you get the drill. However if you aim at being able to analyze the music that you hear and therefore play it accurately and easily, I’m afraid, this may entail some understanding and mastering of music theory concepts. You may also need to work on the various types of music scales in addition to paying keen attention to aural exercises.
Some people are capable of playing music by using their auditory skills without the need to read sheet music (review question 2 above), however, reading & writing music (just like reading and writing anything really) and understanding the concepts of music theory can play an important role in:
- Teaching yourself different types of music that are different from your own cultural color
- Understanding and analyzing the music that you hear better
- Writing your own music, keeping it from being forgotten and communicating it to others
- Understanding better how certain types music has that effect on people emotionally
- Improvising music
- Playing music in bands
And for these reasons we, at Finoon, always make sure that our students get a really good understanding of music theory concepts in addition to reading sheet music
A personal photo and to be present at Finoon to fill the application form and set the suitable time for your class
An activity representative, at Finoon, will give you a quick test before beginning the course. This shall serve to put you in the level that most closely matches your skills. The test may in part require you to reproduce something of your choice (a musical piece for example). You are strongly advised to prepare a song or a musical piece to play and to bring any books or material that you used to study before coming to Finoon.
We accept cash or credit card payments
Finoon provides courses for plenty of activity choices that all relate to music and fine art including:
- Painting and Fine Arts
- Decoration and Interior design
- Fashion Design
Finoon buys musical instruments and art supplies on your behalf and provides you with consultation to buy them on your own (whether you’re a student or not). Finoon can also buy your used instruments and art supplies in case you are looking for an upgrade.
For music: each instrument has a number of levels that the student has to pass until they’re capable of playing really well; and after each level, the student shall take a test to make sure that the contents of the level are well-understood and to also make sure that the student is well-aware of their performance during the level. The test may require the student to play musical pieces selected from the syllabus as well as other pieces selected by the testing committee.
For art: A student shall submit several artistic artifacts that cover the contents studied during the level and the student is evaluated accordingly.
Practice makes perfect! However, some instruments seem to be easier for students in the beginning such as drums and percussion in general, nevertheless, when the student gets to the advanced levels, they begin to observe the intricate details and the more mysterious thrilling rhythms.
As for the stringed instruments, the student may generally find them a bit challenging in the beginning until their fingers get used to the feel of the strings; also getting the correct pitch from string instruments may seem to be a bit of a challenge for some students. These instruments become much easier later.
Brass and woodwind instruments and also singing, for that matter, require breath and embouchure control and hence the student has to practice techniques for something as subtle as breathing.
Yes it is possible, yet this requires keen time and effort dedication for every instrument. If you’ve just started your musical journey then it is better to focus on a single instrument so you can benefit as much as possible and improve faster.
Yes, it is possible to rent instruments from Finoon for practice and other purposes.
Yes it is possible.
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Your class is going to be private for optimal results; you’ll however be invited to one group session per month so that you can get to know your peers, assess your skills, learn from others and learn how to work in teams/bands. A group session will be anywhere between 15 to 25 students whose skills and age group are similar to your own.
Finoon offers several workshops throughout the year for students and non-students. Workshops are context-independent and aim to teach you specific skills. Workshops are different from group sessions as group sessions are for students only and are conducted once per month whereas workshops are also open for non-students and are context-independent; this means you’re there to learn something regardless of which music/art school you come from. There workshops are supervised by professional professors with high experience in their fields.
The technical workshops are divided into:
Music workshops that cover topics such as advanced playing techniques, harmony, music theory concepts…etc.
and workshops for fine art which cover advanced topics in painting, photographing, sculpting … etc.
Some instruments are known for singing while being played such as: all the guitar types, piano, Oud and ukulele to name a few.
Yes, maximum 2 classes per week
Finoon is keen to achieve the highest educational quality by working with professional instructors who have proven expertise in their fields, and since students vary in terms of their comprehensive capabilities as well as their age groups, an instructor’s age group and educational capabilities also may vary provided that the same quality standards are maintained.
Upon booking your course, you may select the instructor that you prefer to work with and schedule your classes however suites you and if you have any questions about any of that, please don’t hesitate to contact us and ask about what concerns you.
The quality of the material used in manufacturing the instruments affects the quality of the instrument’s sound, lifetime and endurance. However, you’re always advised to keep your value-for-money in balance not to rob yourself of money or quality
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