Melodica Music & Dance Institute is Dubai's top rated training center in 2017 and one of the most elite and professional music institutes in Dubai, founded by pop star Afshin, with more than 500 concerts worldwide. Music is our life, our business and our passion. We specialize in teaching music and dance classes to children, adults and also teachers & professionals. We are proud to deliver high quality music and dance classes with our top music and dance instructors from different nationalities in the world including German, British, Chinese, American, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Bulgarian, Poland, Serbian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, South African, Armenian and many more. Being a leading institute for music and dance classes in Dubai, we are registered with major exam boards ABRSM, TRINITY & RAD Ballet. Make your dream come true, Its never too late, www.melodica.ae
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Several recent studies have shown that children who learn an instrument also show increased intelligence and greater concentration. Music is a social activity and the ability to play will open doors to meet people and make new friends throughout your child’s life. The ability to express yourself through music develops as children grow older and music often provides an outlet and focus through teenage years and later life.
Often people come to us wanting to take up again an instrument they learnt as a child but had to stop when the pressure of job, family and so on took over. With the right tuition you’ll be surprised how quickly it’ll all come back to you. The enjoyment of starting the instrument you love again is immense and you’ll find yourself wondering why you didn’t get back into it sooner.
Melodica institute offers also workshops for professional artists. We organize special programs for professional musicians, where the latest techniques and trends are taught and discussed under supervision of German and world top musicians. To find out what and when workshops take place, sign up for our newsletter.
The best way to understand Melodica's approach towards Music Education is to book in to a Free Trial Lesson. This free introductory lesson allows you to meet our teachers and experience a class in action. The sessions are free of charge and without obligation, but bookings are essential as places fill up quickly. Please feel free and contact us for free trial class, it's never too late.
Private lessons provide the most direct and personal approach to learning an instrument. From absolute beginners through to seasoned players, Private lessons support our students in their desired instrument and style, whilst still providing the full knowledge and input necessary to make you a complete player.
Melodica group classes are tons of fun. You will practice with students who have the same ambitions as you. Learning in a group format adds a social side to learning that does not exist in a private one-to-one consultation. Learning in a group format allows for ideas to bounce off from fellow students.
A student concert is organised each year either our Christmas concert or our end of year concert, which is held in June each year. It provides students with an opportunity to gain experience and confidence in performance. Students are encouraged to participate. This goes to prove that all the participants will work hard in preparing for the concert, even though it meant missing out classes and staying after school. The big audience will support their fellow classmates, as they perform their wonderfully prepared acts. The musical concert is a fabulous way to end the school day, with laughter and joy!
We are an exam center of ABRSM and TRINITY GUILDHALL and whether you decide to go through the ABRSM, TRINITY or RAD Ballet curriculum both offer an internationally recognised certificate. This can often help with university applications, as it is evidence of extra curriculum achievements. Whilst we encourage students to keep to the same teacher as much as possible, since we do understand life changes and this can’t always be possible. If you are following a curriculum and have achieved levels, new teachers can easily pick up where the last one left off.
Who knows the basics on their instrument can, essentially start playing in melodica band – ideally with an experienced teacher who can offer guidance. Melodica Band Program is the place to learn this. In this class, you practice songs with other melodica students on a weekly basis, rehearsing them until you can take them to the concert stage. Once you hit that point, we will set you up with great gigs – your fans are already waiting!
TIM SULLIVAN | HEAD OF MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Tim Sullivan was born and raised in New York City, USA. At the age of five he began his music studies and soon enrolled in the preparatory division at the Mannes College of Music, later continuing with their college program. He graduated Mannes with a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in classical piano performance.
After many years as a piano teacher in New York city and concerts as soloist, chamber musician and, as the winner of several competitions, concerto performances with New York City area orchestras, Tim went on to a successful career as a pianist/vocalist in various venues in the United States and several cruise lines. As an entertainer, Tim covers pop, rock, jazz, standards and Broadway styles.
Tim has recently returned to his teaching profession, now working and residing in the Dubai, UAE.
PEGY RASTEGAR | DIRECTOR
Pegy Rastegar was born on February 1984 in Shiraz.
At the age of 7 Pegy migrated with his family to Rotterdam/Netherlands.
She graduated from Rotterdam University in Holland with a Bachelor's Degree of International Business Management, majoring in Marketing.
After her graduation Pegy moved to Dubai and Joined Melodica Music & Dance Institute family in September 2013.
AFSHIN | FOUNDER
With millions of fans around the world and many concerts worldwide in the past 15 years, Afshin is no doubt one of the most successful singer and songwriter in the Middle East.
Afshin was born on 1978 in Persian. At a young age Afshin migrated with his family to Germany to continue his musical career. In 1999 Afshin released his first album (Scent of Rain) in Los Angeles and started his professional career.
Live concerts became a major part of Afshin's career, as audiences went stark raving crazy. Afshin played with his live band A-Team Worldwide multiple times in: USA, Canada, Australian, UAE, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand, Turkey, Armenia, Swiss, Tajikistan, Georgia and of course Germany.
Touring around the globe, Afshin has met many people who were interested in music. He always wished to open his own music institute one day. He dreamed of having all music fanatics from all nationalities under one roof. After realizing this wish, he left the cold in Germany and moved to wonderful warmth of Dubai in 2013. With the help of A-Team and KHDA approval, Melodica Music and Dance institute was inaugurated.
Melodica has become a major part of Afshin’s professional singing life. He has moved closer to realization of his dream with the most professional and artistic institute in Dubai.
ALEKSANDRA | HEAD OF MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Aleksandra is a Polish violinist and musicologist graduated in Wroclaw, Poland. As a violinist , Mrs. Aleksandra was taking part in many international orchestras having tournee in Poland, Germany and Belgium cooperating with Wolfgang Spitz (Germany), Jan Milosz Zarzycki (UMFC in Warsaw), Miroslaw Blaszczyk (Sinfonia Varsovia, NOSPR), Pawel Kotla (London Symphony Orchestra), Peter Thomas (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), Christian Danowicz (Leopoldinium Orchestra). Moreover Mrs. Aleksandra was a violin soloist in “Pomerania Cantat” (2011) project and I Violin in International Artistic Meetings “ Academy of Art” (2010) and Pomerania Orchestra (2006 – 2009)
As a musicologist she was a unanimous recipient of University of Wroclaw Rector’s scholarship for 1% of the best students in the field of scientific work. Graduated as a student of prof. Golab, known as a musicologist around the world. Mrs. Aleksandra was the Vice – Chairman of Ethnomusicologist Scientific Board in Wroclaw and co-organizer of national conference “Music in Kaleidoscope” in Krakow (2014) together with International Festival in Krakow “Days of Music” (2014). Mrs. Aleksandra used to be researcher in Polish Enthnomusicology scientific expedition in Belarus (2013) cooperating together with prof. Muszkalska, polish musicologist.
TARI | HEAD OF GUITAR DEPARTMENT
Tari is Chamber Musician, Teacher of Music Performance and Guitarist.
He began his studies in his home town at the age 5. He had played the piano first, but soon he became largely interested in the rock genre and his attention turned deeply into guitar music.
Beside his piano studies, he started to play the classical guitar and not long after he was admitted to the Conservatory of Weiner Leo in Budapest. Since then classical music has played an everyday and defining role in his life. His guitar master was Joseph Papp here, who prepared him for his studies at Liszt Music Academy (Teacher Training Institute) in Budapest. His well-known masters were Istvan Adrovicz, Ferenc Fodor and Joseph Eotvos, who taught him the tidbits of guitar music.
After gaining the Degrees of Guitar Teacher and Chamber Musician, he took part in master program (MSc) in the Music Academy of Debrecen. His outstanding teachers were Dr. Istvan Adrovicz, Zoltan Tokos, Istvan Matuz, Laszlo Martos and Zoltan Kovats.
He was an award winner more times in the Meeting of Classical Guitarists in Debrecen. He received more Special Awards and First-place Prizes. In 2012 he was awarded with excellent Master Degrees of Classical Guitarist and Guitar Teacher.
He participated in numerous master classes and guitar clinics held by world-famous guitar maestros like Benjamin Verdery (Yale University), Yannis Petridis (Academy of Music – Athens) or Alexandra Christodimou (Conservatory of Music – Athens).
Beside his classical concert series, his performance in the guitar orchestra and his metal music activities are significant. He has given several concerts abroad (Athens, Cyprus, etc.)
Currently he is the member of the Budapest Guitar Orchestra, the Debrecen Guitar Orchestra, the band Miserium and the Santa Cruz Trio. He has been working as a guitar instructor at a popular music school in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) called Melodica.
IGOR | HEAD OF VIOLIN DEPARTMENT
Igor is a classically educated Russian violinist. Followed tradition of modern and past Great Russian musical school he have strong academic background, work ethic, well-organized excellent interpersonal skills.
He performs successfully with different range of concerts on worldwide venues as concert halls and cruise liners, open-air stages and elite clubs.
In the Eighties, he worked with Musical Ensembles in the Cities of Republics of the former USSR. In EU countries (in the 90s), he worked as a member of several String Quartets. In 2000s as Head of String Quartets on Large International Cruise Lines. Igor also performed with a Solo Programs.
Igor led his own concerts in German, English and Russian. He known both as a soloist and as a member of String Ensembles. His performances have constant success among listeners.
Igor pays much attention for to work with the younger generation. During his musical career, he spent a lot of time to teach young musicians to play the violin and piano. Now pedagogy has become the main passion of the musician. Currently he cooperates with one of the most famous Musical Centers on Middle East named "Melodica" (Dubai, UAE).
His method of music teaching represents an excellent opportunity for enthusiastic and committed individuals to join an already successful group. It develops character strengths, personal and leadership skills which enable pupils to achieve success in their own lives and to positively influence the lives of others.