Frequently Asked Questions

The following BMI most frequently asked questions help to give a general idea about our system of study.

 

Music Courses 

Q.  What music courses are available?

Piano – Guitar – Oud – Violin – – Flute – Clarinet – Saxophone – Trumpet – Trombone  –  Drums – Vocal and Theory.

 

Q.  How many courses do you have for each instrument?

There are 12 courses for each instrument and each course includes 24 classes.

 

Q. How long is the course?

 The duration of the course is as follows:

No of Classes Per week

No of weeks

 

One class

24 weeks

1

Two classes

12 weeks

2

Three classes

8 weeks

3

 

Q. How many students study in each class?

 Two students per class.

 

Q. How long is each class?

Each class is of 55 minutes where the students spend half of the time with the teacher learning new methods, and the other half practicing alone under the supervision of the teacher.

 

Q. When do the courses start and how can the student get the class schedule?

 Each student has their own course and can select the date of enrolment on the course after registering. The student can obtain their own class schedule from the registration desk.

 

Q. Can parents attend the class with their children?

Yes – but they should not interfere with the class.

 

Registration & Rules

Q. What are the registration rules?

There are no regulations.  The Institute accepts all music lovers. The students or parents have to attend in person to complete the registration form and schedule.

 

Q. Do you accept beginners and what is the minimum age for registration?

Yes – we do accept beginners starting from the age of five years.

 

Q. What if the student has a musical background?

If the student has a musical background the teacher will place them at a suitable level or stage.

 

Q. Do you accept all nationalities?

We welcome all nationalities as our teachers are qualified and can deal with various languages.

 

Q. Can the student take a trial lesson?

Yes – they can pay for a single, trial lesson.

 

Q. Can the student meet the teacher before registering?

Yes – the student should make an appointment to meet the teacher.

 

Q. Can the students visit the classes before registering?

Yes – the student may visit the class during a lesson as an observer.

 

Course Fees and Payment Methods

Q. How much are the course fees?

The courses fees depend on the students level, for more details visit the fees page.

Q. Do you  have group classes?

Yes, we have the following music group classes:

Guitar, Oud, Violin, Wind Band and Orchestra.

 

Q. Are there any registration fees? If yes, how much are they?

Yes – registration fees are 10 B.D. paid once at the first registration.

 

Q. What are the payment methods?

The student can pay in advance for 24, 8 or 4 classes in cash, by check or credit card.

 

Curriculum & Certificates  

Q. What are the Institute curriculums?

Western instruments:

BMI teaches the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) curriculums and other American and European curriculums.

Arabic instruments (Oud):

BMI teaches local and other Iraqi curriculums.

 

Q. Does the Institute provide students with certificates?

Yes – BMI provides the students with the following certificates:

a. Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Certificate:

Granted by ABRSM after passing a semi-annual practical examination, in May and December, held at BMI by the ABRSM examiner.

Theory examinations are held at St. Christopher School under the supervision of ABRSM representatives three times annually, in February, June and October.

b. BMI Certificates:

Granted by BMI after passing BMI’s internal examinations.

 

Selling & Buying Instruments

Q. Does BMI sell musical instruments and how much are they?

Yes – BMI sells the following instruments: Guitar, Oud, Violin, Cello

and Wind Band instruments.  The prices differ according to type, size and quality.

 

Practicing at BMI

Q. Does BMI provide instruments for the student during the class?

BMI provides piano and drums only and the students have to bring their own instruments.

 

Q. Can students practice at BMI out of the class time?

Yes – the student can reserve a class which costs 1.500 B.D for BMI students and 2.500 B.D. for other students.

 

Transportation

Q. Does BMI provide transportation for the students?

BMI does not provide student transport.

 

Timing 

Q. What are the Institute’s opening hours?

BMI is open all year round except the month of Ramadan which has different opening times.

Day

Morning

Evening

From

To

From

To

Saturdays 9 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Sundays to Thursdays 9 a.m. 12 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Fridays

Holiday

 

 

Additional Information 

Withdrawal:

1. In case of withdrawal, the fees are non–refundable and non–transferable.

2. In case of withdrawal from a course, fees are refundable if the withdrawal is at least one day before the start of the course. If the students withdraw after the commencement of classes, course fees will be deducted pro–rata.

3. It is possible to transfer course fees from a student who has withdrawn to another studying at the institute after arranging with the Registration Office.

Punctuality:

Students should attend classes at the specified time. Time lost due to lateness will be deducted from the class period. In cases of delay caused by the teacher, the students can arrange with the Registration Office for the time in lieu.

Class Time Compensation:

1. Classes falling on public holidays will be compensated for on another working day.

2. Absenteeism by students can only be compensated for if the student informs the registration office at least one day in advance. However, this will be permitted only once during his/her study course duration.

3. Students will not be compensated for absenteeism for classes given to them as compensation.

4. No class compensation will be given to students for absenteeism due to any reason without prior notice.

5. Students will be fully compensated in case of teacher absenteeism.

Home Practicing:

Students are required to allocate sufficient time for regular practice at home.

Personal Belongings:

The management will not be responsible for the loss of any personal belongings left at the institute.

Institute Activities:

Bahrain Music Institute organizes four annual musical concerts at Salman’s Cultural Center in which students, of different levels take part playing various musical instruments. The purpose of these concerts is to display the musical skills gained by students and to enhance their self–confidence. Attendance at these functions is by personal invitation, normally for senior officials, students’ relatives and friends.

Public Concerts:

Public concerts are regularly organized by the Institute in which famous performers take part. Such concerts are normally organized in co-operation with government departments, or the embassies of Arab and other countries. While invitations are sent to senior officials, the public are encouraged to attend.

Participation at Events:

Internally: In co-operation with different organizations BMI students perform their own pieces, either individually or in groups. The aim of participating at such events is to develop the students’ self confidence and  to show their talent to the public.

Externally:  Talented BMI students have the chance to participate at concerts and events held outside Bahrain.

Workshops:

Training workshops on various musical specializations are regularly organized by the Institute.

Seminars and Presentations:

Specialist seminars and presentations are organized by the Institute. Such seminars and presentations address various music–related topics, to which intellectuals and interested people are invited.

 

If you have any question that is not answered above, please, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Bahrain Music Institute

Where Musical Talents are Nurtured Best