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Learn with the pros or with the pro's students

RSU Community Music School offers two options. Learn music with the pros and pay more or learn with the pro's students and pay less.

Learn with the pros or with the pro's students


The pros are professional musicians who are lecturers, too, at the Conservatory of Music, Rangsit University.

The pros' students are third- and fourth-year students at the conservatory.

"We give one hundred per cent to those who come to study at the community music school and RSU undergrads alike.

"And we expect the same standard from them," says Changton Kunjara, who teaches jazz guitar at the two schools.

Students chosen to teach are cream of the crop, Changton says.

"You can't expect the same level of music and teaching skills from the students, but they surely have solid music foundation," says the graduate of Berkeley College of Music, USA.

The school offers a three-month course; one hour a week.

The beginners' course costs Bt12,000 and is taught by RSU lecturers. To be taught by the students it costs Bt7,200. Intermediate lessons cost Bt15,000 with lecturers and Bt9,600 by students. Advanced classes cost Bt18,000.

All instruments and levels are catered for, says Pawalai Tanchanpong, head of piano and keyboard at the conservatory.

"Some students want to prepare themselves for university admission, so instructors focus on theory and practice. But, some take the courses for recreation or entertainment."

Pawalai is a soloist with the National Symphony and several chamber-music groups throughout the country and performs solo recitals in this country and the USA.

Exclusive private lessons are available. "When I studied in group, I felt like the instructor and I are far apart," says Kittinart Pattanatabut, 17, Mathayom 5 student.

"But in private classes, the instructor knows my weak points and we can talk about the music. I can learn from their experience."

Changton says private lessons are like seeing a doctor. "It's like the doctor examining a patients' illness. He can diagnose an illness and prescribe a cure accordingly."

In early classes, you will have an audition with an instructor and then assigned to a class at your level.

The courses are divided into three levels; beginner, intermediate and advanced. Beginners learn reading notes, scales and improvisation.

When you pass, you can choose to learn specific kinds of music, such as jazz or classical.

"Making improvement depends on you. The instructor can only tell you what they know and make suggestions. It's like when you have a guitar, you have a weapon in your hand. If you don't fight, you don't improve," Changton says.

For more information, log on to www.rsu.ac.th/music or call (02) 997 2200 ext 3210.



By Suwicha Chanitnun

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