April 11, 2011

Births, deaths, retirements, graduation, new careers, new homes, new thoughts, new perspectives - human life moves in cycles filled with transition and change. Some give up hope, while others bring us to the brink of despair. It has been a while since i last blogged and today's blog is not going to be about music […]

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December 5, 2010
International Chopin Piano Competition

I attended the Chopin Piano Competition yesterday at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. The competition started 1 Dec and will end today, 5 December. It was a great day of piano competition, with competitiors from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, Brazil and Bosnia & Herzegovina. The competition was stiff. The […]

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October 19, 2010
How To Improve One's Sight-Reading

Playing a new piece for the first time is crucial.  As accomplished pianists/teachers, we automatically know to scan the piece to check the time signature, key signature, texture, etc. before playing through a piece. Many students find sight-reading difficult and a chore. They struggle through note reading, and keeping the rhythm. Before having students sight-read, […]

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July 11, 2010
Passing of the founding Director of Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

In Memoriam: Dr. Steven Baxter (1946-2010) Founding Director of NUS’ Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) and former Dean of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, The Johns Hopkins University, Dr Steven Baxter passed away in the afternoon of 5 July 2010 (US time) at age 64 of mesothelioma. News of his passing was received […]

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July 5, 2010

I TEACH MUSIC... Not because I expect you to be a great performer Not because I expect you to play or sing all your life Not so you can relax and take it easy But so you will be human So you will be sensitive So you will be closer to God So you will […]

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May 21, 2010
Hit the Right Notes!

I attended an MOE briefing for those who are interested to teach Music as a career in schools, and met a few teachers there. In line with the government encouraging music to be given more prominence in schools, MOE is recruiting teachers who are keen to teach Music in schools, be it as a General […]

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May 21, 2010
What is Perfect Pitch?

PERFECT PITCH I was just chatting with a group of friends the other day and the topic of Perfect pitch came about. So what is Perfect Pitch? Perfect Pitch, also known as absolute pitch is the ability to recognize and identify notes being played without being given any reference pitch.  A person with perfect pitch […]

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January 4, 2010
Music Made Fun

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope that the New Year got off to a good start for all of you and that we are all working towards our goals, personal dreams and fulfillment. I chanced upon this video which I thought was really interesting. It is a pianist and a violinist, who try to […]

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