Bijan teaches all students ages 5 and up as well as adult students at his home studio in North York. He is well-experienced in preparing students for their RCM Grade Exams, Kiwanis Competition as well as for various auditions. His methodology is based on the Indiana University String Academy program which is a combination of the Suzuki and Roland methods.
When teaching children, I keep my students engaged by using a quick pace that's both challenging and encouraging at the same time. I realize that children have very different learning styles and I adjust my approach according to what works best for each individual. When it comes to teaching children, it is also important that the parents are aware of the crucial role they play in the learning environment and I often have frank conversations explaining to the parents how they can be "enablers" when it comes to practising at home. In my experience, students excel the most when parents help build a healthy routine of regular violin practising at home.
Due to the shorter attention span of younger children, I recommend starting with 30-minute lessons for most children under the age of 9 and gradually expanding to 45 and 60-minute lessons as progress is made.
When teaching adults, Bijan likes to set goals and reasonable expectations for practising. These goals can be anything from "I just want to learn a new instrument" to "I want to pass my RCM Grade 10 exam". Either way, Bijan adjusts his teaching accordingly and strives to make the lessons as enjoyable as possible.
As adults are able to focus for longer periods than children, Bijan recommends 1-hour lessons from the beginning to help make way for good progress right away.