Liana Varnavides, head of the recently-established Royal International Music School (or RIMS) expounds her passion for learning music when asked why the school was opened.
This is the third year the awarded Royal International Music School is teaching children on the island, and already it has built a reputation based on mutual respect, devotion to music and the hope of giving every child the chance to ﬂourish. “We personally feel the need to give opportunities to children,” says Varnavides, who teaches piano at the school.
All registrations are accepted, regardless of when they are submitted. And should a student not be able to afford an instrument to practise on, the school has instruments to rent out to students at low prices. Even for the school’s renowned piano lessons, a keyboard is provided to those for whom access to a piano is not feasible.
The school’s curriculum be- gins with lessons from the age of two until four, where parent participation is included. These group lessons, conducted twice a week, focus on developing the child’s hand eye coordination, rhythm and speech.
After the age of four, children can begin to attend lessons without parents, but with well respected and qualiﬁed instructors of which there are seven - even Irina Zeniou, a Russian opera singer, is a member of the staff at RIMS.
By the age of six, children are able to distinguish notes, read and sing them, and can choose to study saxophone, guitar, piano, violin, clarinet and even accordion. Musical theory starts after the third year, with eight grades in total, and exams are offered via the British Council for internationally recognised certiﬁcates.