I hope you are having a great summer!
I have some news on the Piano front – JoyTunes, the makers of Piano Maestro, recently announced they will no longer be able to continue offering full access to the app on free accounts for students and will be introducing new membership plans. Pop songs, method books and other licensed content, plus home access will become premium as they can no longer continue to absorb the royalty payments. They also announced the new version will have tons of new exciting songs, as well as 5 new method books from top publishers. You can see the full details separately on the handout.
I have chosen to continue to subscribe for my studio as a gift to you so your child can continue to have full access to the entire app. This means your child will be able to play all the fun licensed pop songs, exercises and content both in the studio and at home on your iPad. Your child will be able to seamlessly move between their home and my device, syncing their progress. I’ve seen in my studio that the kids that use Piano Maestro really progress faster!
I often get asked these questions by prospective parents.
a) What use are these certificates?
Answer: What use are no certificates? Jokes aside, most admissions are based on all round excellence. I know of my son’s friend who pretty much was a school topper. He did not make it to an Ivy School of his choice? Why? All brain and no art.
b) Are these certificates recognized?
Answer: It is times like this I thank this phenomenon called the Internet. Click here to find out more.
c) Why should I do these exams? I know I can play and that’s all that matters.
Answer: Presenting a certificate is one option. The other is to lug your guitar to all interviews and do an impromptou gig and hope that everyone has the time to see you set up and tune and do a sound check. Choice is yours.
Oh, I nearly forgot to mention. 6 of our students appeared for these exams at various levels. All of them passed with distinction. Like to see your name on one of these babies? Call or email us. (732) 451-7929
So, we’ve turned a full circle. We started Bharata Kala in a small nook. Then we went in for a large space paying tons of money on rent; not to mention insurance costs, maintenance costs, communication costs and what not. Cost to benefit ratio? Zilch. Nada. Duck. To cover overheads, we spent more bucks on several marketing tools and the costs kept climbing. So we decided to bite the celery stick. Packed our instruments, mics and everything of value and set up the Studio in my basement. Surprise, surprise, not one of our clients dropped out. Everyone embraced the change and some were even very supportive to the move. The oft asked question was, ‘why did we not do this earlier’. Our stock answer, it was an idea whose time hadn’t come.
So, just a few adjustments need be made. I have listed them as under:
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