Bijan teaches all students ages 3 and up as well as adult students at his home studio in the Junction area of Toronto. He is well-experienced in preparing students for their RCM Graded Exams, Kiwanis Competition as well as for any auditions. His methodology is based on the Suzuki Method and the Indiana University String Academy as taught by Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenner, creating a well-balanced environment that nurtures his students on their violin journey. Bijan is a certified Suzuki teacher and a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).
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 discuss different strategies for getting children to practice at home. In my experience, students excel the most when parents help build a healthy routine of regular violin practising at home.
Usually younger children have a shorter attention span, so I recommend starting with 30-minute lessons for children under the age of 7 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 song" 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.