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Violin & Cello practice tips you would love

Easy & Effective cello and violin practice tips.

We all would agree that practice is important in our cello and violin learning journey. You might be just a practice away from a new breakthrough or setting new milestone on your violin or cello journey.

Why this is important? Many students started the cello and violin lessons in hope of improving their playing. Let’s be frank, strings music lessons aren’t cheap. So to ensure that you get the most values out of your lessons, you would need to PRACTICE. We will discuss on how to create a long lasting practice habits as well as how to practice effectively.  

This complete guide for violin and cello practicing tips includes the following chapters:

Practicing Habits

How to form a sustainable, effective, and long term practice habits. Why we stop practicing after a few whiles.

Read the full guide

Effective Practice

How to make your practice routine more effective. Quality of practice is more important. 

Save more time 

Tools to help

Things or tools that would help your practice. Including Metronome, Practice Diary, Tuner, and references on where to get music sheets.

Learn More about the tools

 

Violin or Cello Lessons

Why getting a teacher is a good idea and actually saves you more than learning it by yourself.

find out why

 

Is this you?

The common mistakes or misconception by beginner student is that when first started, they are very excited and motivated. This is why we sign up for classes, getting a hold of a very nice violin or cello. We can easily do 2 hours of practice a day, consistently for a week or 2.

However, after some time, says a month, when we don’t see ourselves playing as the YouTuber like the piano guys or Lindsey Stirling, the practice dies down; and sooner or later we give up on the goal to become a better violinist or cellist.

In fact, this happens all the time not just when we are picking up new music skills. e.g. starting on a diet, reading a book, or improving family/friend relationships.

If this is you, and you are hoping to get some practical tips on changing the situation, then you are on the right page.

What progress is really like?

Firstly, let’s have a clearer idea of what is expected in the journey while learning an instrument.

Plateau of Latent Potential

We often expect learning progress to be linear. However, the result of our effort is often delayed. This can result in a “Valley of disappointment” (shown in the chart) where students feel discouraged after putting in weeks of hard work without experiencing any results.

However, please understand that this work was not wasted. It was simply being stored. It is not until much later that the fun value that you put in can be seen. BUT if you stop the practices and give up at this stage, the effort will then be “wasted”.

To put things into perspective, if you go to the gym 3 days in a row, you’re still out of shape. If you are learning a new language for an hour for a week, you still aren’t able to master that language. And the pitfall is this: We make a few changes, but the results never seem to come quickly and we slide back to our previous routines.

The practice that you do daily might seem to make little to no difference on any given day and yet the impact they deliver over the months and years can be obvious.

Forget about Goals and Focus on System

Goals are about the results you want to achieve and systems are about the processes that lead to those results.

As a music student, your goal probably is to learn your favourite song. Your system however is how often you practice, how effective are those practices and how you breakdown and tackle the tempo, dynamics articulation and bowing, etc.

2 steps you should cultivate:

  1. Decide that you want to be a violinist or cellist.
  2. Prove it to yourself with small improvement.

Instead of feeling discouraged that you are not able to play the song as good as The Piano Guys or Lindsey Stirling. See if you have improved on your intonation. If you are able to control the bow better. If you are able to catch the tempo better. Do this consistently and before you realise, you would be able to play your dream song on the violin or cello already.

4 Laws of Behaviour Change (In Practice Context)

In the book of <<Atomic Habits>> by James Clear, he define the process of building a habit can be divided into 4 simple steps and that is Cue, Craving, Response and Reward; in a form of neurological feedback loop (keeps repeating). And the author actually shift this 4 process into 4 laws of behaviour for creating good habits and breaking bad habits. They are:

  1. How can I make it Obvious?
  2. How can I make it Attractive?
  3. How can I make it Easy?
  4. How can I make it Satisfying?

Due to copyright limitation, I will not talk in details about the respective behaviours but I will put these concept into useful and practical suggestion for my cello and violin students. (By the way, I highly recommend you to get a hold of this book and apply the concept, it will change your life!)

So the following steps are practical and useful tips that answer one main question:

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How can I make my violin/cello practice Obvious, Attractive, Easy and Satisfying?

Clarity Counts

First thing first, start with having an intention to practice. Sounds obvious but there are way too many students just have the hope of playing well without having the thought or intention to start improving. Or they try to form the practice habits by leaving it up to chance and hope that we will “just remember to do it” or feel motivated at the right time.

 So instead of telling yourself: “I am going to practice cello tomorrow”

Tell yourself “I am going to practice cello for [30mins] at [6pm], in the [study room]”

Alright, I know at this stage, there will be some of you thinking that this is very impractical! Because their schedules are tight up with other unforeseeable commitments. e.g. I am not sure if I am available at 6pm because i might need to OT, I might need to talk to my father or mother in law etc.

Which is very understandable. So instead of putting a time, you can create something call habit stacking formula and it looks like this:

After I [finish my shower in the evening], I will practice cello for [30mins], in the [study room].

You can simply replace the first [  ] with any CURRENT Habits that you do daily or consistently.

Side note: I love playing the song (as music background that I intend to practice afterwards while I am showering, for 2 reasons. It sets the motivation high, and it helps set the goal on what to focus on for the next practice.

Note: When and where you choose to insert your cello practice into your daily routine can make a huge difference!

If you’re trying to add cello practice in your evening routine but evening are chaotic and your spouse are watching Netflix in the living room, then that may be the wrong place and time (pssst… this is why we highly encourage couples to take up new music instruments together).

So before creating that statement, please consider when you are most likely to be successful and avoid the time that you’re likely to be occupied with something else in the long term.

Say Out Loud

This idea is very simple, take the statement that you just formed above and says it out loud to your friends or family. By simply doing so, it raises the level of awareness from a non-conscious habit to a more conscious level. Your family members might even remind you to practice.

Trust me, it seems like a small difference. But the commitment level to follow through will be much higher, and the likelihood of your practicing will increase a few folds!

For someone that is currently living alone like me, another way that I personally use is to simply post it on Instagram story after I have done the habit that I wish to cultivate.

Environment Matters

Many of the actions that we take each day are shaped not by a purposeful drive and choice but by the most obvious options. DO NOT over-rely solely on your motivation.

One key concept here is our behaviour is not defined by the object in the environment but by our relationship to them. e.g. For one person, a chair could be where she binge-watching Netflix and eats a packet of potato chips after work. For someone else, the same chair could be where she practices the cello after dinner to after dinner. 

So redesign a space and make the cues to make your cello practice habits more obvious.

 Some suggestion includes:

  1. Place your violin and cello in the middle of your living room/or bedroom, or somewhere obvious!
  2. Mark the song that you wish to learn as your favourite list. (or plays it as background music while you’re working)
  3. Create a more conducive space to practice. If possible create a space solely for your violin/cello practice. (I know Singapore’s home is normally limited by space, so it need not be a specific room. Just divide one small activity zone will help.)
  4. Remove any distractions. E.g. ask your spouse to take care of the kids for the next 15mins. remove the laptop that reminds you of Netflix. put away Phone that reminds you of Facebook/Instagram,. (Set it to flight mode if you are using it for video recording, which is a very effective way to spot mistakes that you are playing as a 3rd party view. We will discuss this in detail in the following chapter).
  5. Get a sturdy music stands of your favorite colours. (Sounds ridiculous, but it really makes your practice routine happier)

 

Make Your Practice Attractive

Habits are attractive when we associate them with positive feelings. You can do so by simply reframing your mindset to highlight the benefit instead of the drawback.

Instead of thinking “harrr….. need to practice violin again. It might be disturbing my neighbours. the song is too difficult..”

Shift it to “It’s time to be one step closer to my dream song” or “its time to become better so I could impress others with my improvement”

Another key concept is to create a motivation ritual, which is to do something you enjoy immediately before a difficult habit. Some practical suggestions will be looking at the tutorial video or youtube video of the song that you wish to improve on right before your practice session.

The more attractive it is, the more likely it is to become habit-forming.

Just Be Right Most Of The Time 

Every day, we will have a number of moments that you have choices to make which eventually deliver an outsized impact. For example, the decision that you make between watching Netflix or Plays Cello after work will eventually determine if your cello skills improve?

When given 2 similar options, it is human nature to follow the one that requires the least amount of work! This is why you realize you are checking your phone or watching youtube/Netflix most of the time. Because the effort required is minimal.

Duhhhhhh.. BUT why is this important? Because I want you to understand the following 2 key concepts.

You just needs to win MOST of the time.

i. The good news is this: You don’t need to win all the time. But just need to win MOST of the time.

This means that even if you made a few “bad decision”, but most of the time you are still taking the right choice towards becoming someone you want to be, in long run you will still achieve that dream!

In fact, personally I finds that making a few “bad decisions” do help me focus more when I am performing “right decision”.

ii. Researcher estimate that around 50% of our daily actions are done out of habit. But the effect is so much more substantial because that habits that you completed in just few seconds can also shape the actions that you take for the next few mins or even hours.

Think about it, it seems to be easier to continue what you are already doing that to start doing something different. That is if you are holding a cello and looking at the music sheet, you are more likely to practice for the next 10mins (compared to when you are lying on the bed).

So to combine this 2, I want you to do this simple act. Taking the previous commitment statement that I made:

After I [finish my shower in the evening], I will practice cello for [30mins], in the [study room].

After showering, you will have a “decisive moment” to practice cello or not. Simply just grab your violin or cello, and watch a video of the song that you intend to practice. Then only ask yourself do I feel like practicing? By doing this consistently, it will increase the likelihood of practicing by a lot.

How to stop procrastinating using the 5 – minutes rule. 

Even when you know you should start small, it’s easy to start too big. When you dream about making a change, excitement inevitably takes over and you end up trying to do too much too soon.

So for students that still find it challenging to practice their instrument for 30mins a day. I would encourage you to just make it so simple that you can complete it in 5 mins. e.g. instead of practicing the whole piece. Just practice a major scale. Or just practice your finger routine.

By now, a lot of students will be questioning the effectiveness of this act. Because it seems like a trick because you know that the real goal can only be accomplished if you do more than 5 minutes, so it may feel like you’re trying to fool yourself.

But the truth is, a habit must be established before it can be improved. The fact that you show up to perform that act, it will soon become the ritual at the beginning of your practice routine.

So remember, instead of trying to engineer a perfect habit from the start, do the easy thing on a more consistent basis.

Focus on Small Improvement

Mastering a your violin/cello start with repetition, not perfection.

Wondering why does your cello or violin teacher keep asking you to repeat the same phrases or music piece over and over again?

To play a song smoothly requires a lot of subconscious muscle movement (wrist movement when changing bow direction, elbow angle while crossing strings, ears listening to the intonation, left hand fingers press at the correct dot…) which only can be accomplished by lots and lots and lots and lots…. of repetition.

And like what it seems, it is daunting. It is challenging.

So next time if you are getting frustrated and wondering why you are not able to play the song nicely. Shift the mindset and think of what small achievement you have made today.

It can be:

I manage to plays semiquaver more fluidly.

I realise I manage to play finger 4 (pinky) more firmly.

My vibrato sounds more vibrant now.

What you should do now?

By summarising all the points stated above, you can start by doing the following:

1. Create a commitment statement on where and when you going to practice.

2. Share that statement to your friend or family or the best of all, your teacher.

3. Find a conducive corner as your practice place, visualize yourself practicing there. 

4. Place your cello/violin there together with the music stand. 

5. Shift your mindset to make practicing more attractive by focusing on the benefits.

6. On the day that you don’t “feel like practicing”, just go to the corner, hug your instrument and watch a violinist or cellist video. (NOT MOST OF THE TIME)

7. If you still find it hard, then just make practice routine as short as 5 mins. 

8. Reward yourself after every practice by focusing on the small improvements you have made. (If after some time you still finds that your skills don’t improve at all, we will then need to look at the effectiveness of the practice. )

Let’s Learn Together! 

Music Mood aims to help adult students to learn their cello and violin better. This is why we are trying to create a community that is encouraging and helps each other to grow. Start chatting with us to find out how to make your learning process better. 

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Complete Guide on Violin and Cello Maintenance https://themusicmood.com/violin-cello-maintenance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=violin-cello-maintenance https://themusicmood.com/violin-cello-maintenance/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:30:57 +0000 http://themusicmood.com/?p=2659

Violin & Cello Maintenance tips you need to know

How to properly take care of your violin & cello.

You have just bought a violin or cello. Now is time to learn important steps on how to take care of your strings instruments to ensure that they are properly maintained. (In the event that you don’t already have a violin/cello and are looking to buy one or rent one, probably the easiest thing is to go to our strings instrument store and have them size you for an instrument.)

Why this is important? On top of continuously getting a warm sound from the instrument, you will save money from repairing costs too at the violin/cello repair shop. 

How to properly set up violin and cello

This complete guide for violin and cello maintenance includes the following chapters:

General Maintenance of Violin & Cello

If you want to keep your violin in good condition and reduce wear-and-tear where possible, there are several things you will need to do on a daily basis (or as often as you practice).

Here are the 4 things that you should pay attention before and after you practice your violin/cello:

1. How often do I need to clean my violin or cello?

How often: Every time after you have finished your violin lessons or practice sessions. it is recommended that you wipe the surface of your violin and strings with a dry cloth (do not use wet clothes or wipes to clean your strings instrument).

Using what: You can use any dry cleaning cloth, but microfibre and dusting cloths are the most effective at removing unwanted dust from the instrument’s body, bow, and strings. (visit our strings instrument store or simply chat with us to enquire on the microfibre dusting clothes).

Where: You want to make sure you wipe the fingerboard, under the fingerboard, on the body of the instrument, between the sound holes, and last but not least, your strings.

Wiping your violin will prevent any dust from building up as well as protecting the violin’s strings from a sticky build-up of rosin. Rosin build-up can mar some varnishes and can make strings sound poor. If a bow is over-rosined, a grainy sound will result and rosin dust will be visible.

Common Mistakes

Never wipe rosin off the cello with just your hands, because the oils on your hands could transfer on to your bow. 

If you found other stains, it’s generally best to take your string instrument to an experienced luthier who can advise on the best course of action. 

Avoid using commercial, general purpose cleaners or polishes as these usually contain solvents, abrasives or waxes which can damage the instrument’s finish and dampen its sound.

After you have used it to wipe for a couple of times, please wash the cloth and hang it dry to ensure that it doesn’t accumulate the dust and rosin. Once there has been a significant build-up of rosin, you should replace your cloth.

2. Where should I store my violin or cello?

Classical violin and cello are made of wood. This is why drastic changes in the humidity and temperature of an environment are known to affect strings instruments.

Temperature

The optimal temperature for cello or violin storage is 20 degrees celcius. As a rule of thumb, in order to keep your violin at a suitable temperature, just treat your instrument as the way you want to be treated. In other words, keep your violin at a place with temperature which is comfortable for you is the best way to prevent warping and cracks to the violin’s body.

Never leave your cello in the car on a sunny or especially cold day, as the extreme temperatures can crack the wood, damage the varnish, or cause seams to come unglued.

Humidity

Humidity is also an issue that violinists need to consider. As violins are crafted from wood, they naturally exchange moisture with the surrounding air. For this reason, maintaining regular humidity levels is important for preventing warping.

It is recommended that violins are kept in environments with 60% humidity level. According to reports by the Singapore National Environment Agency, the humidity level in Singapore is normally between 65-100%. Yes, Singapore weather is relatively humid for the strings instruments. 

This is why you are highly encouraged to put your violin back to the case after every practice. For cello students who use are using a bag case, we do understand that keeping the cello on a daily basis might make it less attractive to practice (read up on our guide: Guide on how to cultivate good practicing habits), this why we recommend getting a moisture absorber (like thirsty hippo) to ensure that the humidity level won’t be too high for your cello.

Pro Tips:

When storing the cello for a short amount of time (or in between use), it should be always be placed upright on a cello stand. Never lean your cello against a wall or place it on a couch, as this is where an accident commonly happen. If you plan on storing the instrument long-term, place it in a protective case to avoid any serious damage.

To prevent scratches to the cello’s finish, try to limit the number of times you remove the cello from its case. If you plan on playing frequently, use the cello stand in lieu of a case.  

If you are students from other countries or bringing your violin and cello to a place where humidity levels should drop significantly, there are violin humidifiers available to prevent any damage to the instrument too. Humidifiers can either fit through the f-holes whilst the instrument is in the violin case or can be used to humidify the air in a whole room.

3. How often do I need to replace my violin/cello strings?

You should replace the violin’s strings every 12 months. However, this may vary depending on how often you play your violin. Making sure that your violin’s strings are relatively new will helps to maintain a bright and warm sound. You can always check with your violin teacher about this.

Replacing a violin’s strings may seem daunting at first, so if you’re a novice, you may wish to approach a professional at your local violin shop who can help you. 

Where to repair violin in Singapore

Violin strings can be bought from any good music shop. Here is a list of violin and cello shops we recommend in Singapore.

Check out our guide on How to Tune Your Violin or Cello Strings so that it won’t snap easily.

 

 Bow Maintenance for Violin & Cello

It is often that students forgot that the bow needs as much care as the instrument itself. In this section, we will be talking about things you should be aware of so that your bow hair can last longer.

1. Clean your violin or cello bow as well.

Chances are you’re already aware that you should regularly clean the area under where you bow because the resin can build up. However, it’s just as equally important to clean the bow because of resin build up as well.

To properly clean your bow, wipe it down with a dry cloth after every practice session.

You should also wipe the wooden part of your violin bow (NOT the bow hair) before keeping it.

2. Loosen your bow every time after you play the violin or cello.

This is another thing we are surprised that not all violin teachers share with their students. Make sure to loosen the bow hair, every time after you practice. If you don’t do so for a long time, bow hair will be dropping at a much quicker rate. 

If you notice that a few hairs are broken, don’t get overly concerned. Simply use scissors to cut the broken hairs near the frog. Do not pull on the hairs to remove them as you might risk pulling off other bow hair as well.

If there are more than just a few hairs that are loose or broken, you may need to take the bow into a Singapore Luthier to be re-haired.

You should never put the bow into the case with the hair still taut because you can create unnecessary tension against the bow, which can lead to problems like warping. However, be careful not to make the bow so loose that the hairs snag on the case. When you take the bow out to use it, tighten the hairs again, making sure not to over-tighten it.

Common Mistakes

Please ensure that the bow stick are still curved in when the bow is tightened. Student tends to tighten the bow too much. This is when the bow stick appear to be straighten.

Doing so will cut short the lifespan of the bow hair and even risk making your bow curved. 

 

3. How often should I rosin my bow?

How often: Normally we would recommend rosining the bow every time before you play, after tightening the hair.

How much: If is a new bow (if you notice there are no sound projection when playing the violin), you need to apply it for around 30 seconds. However, if you often practice, then a few rubs will be sufficient.

Please be aware that if you notice that after just playing a few strokes and there is a layer of rosin residue on top of the violin or cello, this is a sign that the bow has too much rosin. So you should avoid more rosin for the next couple of practices. Too much rosin will cake on the strings and gum up the bow hair, which will make your violin tone sound harsh.

Make sure to store the rosin in its case or cloth when you’re done. (It should come together when you buy the violin or cello in Singapore

Pro Tips:

Consider getting your bow re-haired by a professional luthier in Singapore every year or two. 

Beyond the day-to-day maintenance, you should also be checking your bow routinely for any signs of warping, cracks, or other damage. Catching these early on will help you avoid costly repairs if the damage is left untreated!

Broken bow that need to be repaired in singapore

4. Violin bow is not a toy.

Avoid treating the bow like a toy or a tool. Are you one of them that uses the bow to switch on the TV or Air-cond? Are your kids playing the bow in a sword fight? 

Rules of Thumb: if you wouldn’t use your violin to do something, then don’t use the bow either. Bows are as fragile as your violin and should be treated with as much caution as the violin itself.

Even if you’re practicing daily, always place your bow back in your violin case in between, instead of leaving it on the sofa or random places. Keeping it out increases the chances of accidents (especially if you have pets or kids rooming around!), and given the high humidity level in Singapore, it can be an issue for your strings instrument).

What do you need to take note if you are travelling with your cello or violin in Singapore

Girl Carrying cello on the bus

1. Taking MRT or Public Buses?

While you are at the MRT (or transit system if you are not residing in Singapore) or SMRT buses if possible, try to hold on to the strings instrument, instead of putting it on the floor.

This is because, without you realising it, the vehicle is actually vibrating constantly. This might cause a slight shifting of the bridge and pegs (especially if you are using just a soft case) in long term.

2. How to handle your cello or violin with care at outdoor. 

When you are bringing your violin or cello outdoor, be careful not to bump it into anything. This is why we recommend you carry it, instead of backpacking it if you are in a crowded area. Depending on how hard the bump is, it can damage the varnish, crack the wood, break the bridge, or cause a seam to come unglued.

Common Mistakes

As the neck of the cello is the most fragile part, the damages done will be critical if you accidentally bump into the cello neck (compared to the body of the cello). 

This is why always carry the cello with the neck pointing in front, within your vision. So if any emergency happens, you can quickly secure it to avoid devastating accidents. 

3. Should I get a hard case for my violin or cello?

Depending on how often do you need to travel. If you commonly bringing the cello or violin to your classes then investing in a hard case would be a great idea. Afterall, the last thing you want is accident on your strings instruments and the repair cost in Singapore are relatively expensive. 

Pro Tips:

While any cello case is better than not using a case at all, hard cases are preferred for their durability.

When transporting your cello in its case, make sure it’s securely fastened and supported inside the case so that it won’t knock around while being transported. 

beautiful cello hard case

When do I repair my violin or cello in Singapore?

Common places needed attention: check the bridge, pegs, and soundpost.

Because of the fluctuating dry heat and cold temperatures, many players spend a lot of time tuning their instruments.  The constant tightening and loosening of tension can shift the bridge and potentially warp it.  The pegs also tend to shrink over time, which can lead to slipping.

Where can I repair or have a check on my cello or violin in Singapore?

If you suspect your cello isn’t playing its best, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with a qualified repair technician at your local repair shop. They’ll inspect it and test it for any damage. With proper care and maintenance, your cello can provide you with a lifetime of beautiful music.

A clean violin is a happy violin. Use the tips above to maintain the health of your instrument. If you have questions or need guidance, consult Music Mood expert or your violin teacher.

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Discovering the joy and benefits of violin lessons for children https://themusicmood.com/discovering-the-joy-and-benefits-of-violin-lessons-for-children/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=discovering-the-joy-and-benefits-of-violin-lessons-for-children https://themusicmood.com/discovering-the-joy-and-benefits-of-violin-lessons-for-children/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 08:20:04 +0000 http://themusicmood.com/?p=2416

Almost every child loves music. In Singapore, parents love sending their children for music classes, sports lessons and curriculum activities. Many parents come to our violin teachers asking about the best route for their children to mastering the violin — steps to taking ABRSM exams and music theory exams.

However, we believe that the best way of learning for children is to enjoy and be passionate about learning music. Our violin teachers do prepare children for ABRSM exams and help them practice their selective pieces, learn sight reading and music theory. But the most important factor in your child’s music journey is his or her passion for learning the violin. In addition, there are many advantages from violin lessons that can help your child in the future.

Improve hand-and-eye coordination

All musicians have to read music notes while playing simultaneously. When taking violin lessons at the beginning, all students will be slow in playing and reading music pieces at the same time. However, over time with practice, as well as practice in sight reading music, children will learn to read while playing with ease. This hand-and-eye coordination is not only useful in playing violin. This ability can be brought over to sports such as tennis and badminton which require more attention and hand-and-eye coordination.

Enhances creativity and memory

When learning a new violin song, it inevitably gets ingrained into students after constant practice. Violin lessons and violin teachers help to motivate children to repeatedly play the violin and grasp the rhythm of notes. Because of constant repetition, children’s memory is pushed and this builds muscle memory. In addition, practice coordination between their left and right arms promote short-term memory which is vital to building a strong music foundation.

Violin lessons for children also promotes creativity. When learning a new instrument or composing songs, children’s brain are given the ability to test out new chords and melodies. The creativity needed in music could carry in your child’s experiences in art, sports and academics too.

Determination and perseverance

Like any other hobby, learning the violin takes time and effort. The number of hours spent practicing is countless. Many children (and adults) want to give up after a couple of lessons spent learning the violin. This is normal. The factor that differentiates experts and beginners is the determination that one has. In any field, determination is a key factor in succeeding.

How would a professional violinist be able to master any song if he gave up after only one day? Having a good violin teacher makes the journey to success in music easier. A good violin teacher will provide a positive learning environment during violin lessons and motivate your child to love the art of creating and composing music.

Give your child a head start in learning the violin

If you want to give your child a healthy childhood and introduction into music, sign up with our violin teachers! Our violin teachers have many positive testimonials and our goal is to make learning the violin enjoyable for anyone. Fill up the contact form or visit our contact us page to sign up for our violin lessons in singapore.

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All The Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Violin in Singapore https://themusicmood.com/all-the-things-you-need-to-know-before-buying-a-violin-in-singapore/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=all-the-things-you-need-to-know-before-buying-a-violin-in-singapore https://themusicmood.com/all-the-things-you-need-to-know-before-buying-a-violin-in-singapore/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:54:18 +0000 http://themusicmood.com/?p=1694

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Upcoming Musical Events @ Esplanade In March 2018 https://themusicmood.com/esplanademarchevents/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=esplanademarchevents Mon, 26 Feb 2018 03:37:08 +0000 http://themusicmood.com/?p=1676

Upcoming Free Musical Events

@ The Esplanade In March 2018

 

1. Silent Film with Nen Ensemble

2 March 2018 – 7.15pm, 8.15pm, 9.15pm (30 minutes)

Esplanade Concourse

FREE ENTRY

Nen Ensemble presents their live alternative interpretation of the score of the classic Buster Keaton silent short film The Goat. Featuring a mix of Western instruments and traditional Chinese instruments such as the guzheng, yangqin and erhu.

Nen Ensemble
Formed in 2013, Nen Ensemble was formed by three best friends with a shared dream to produce the sounds they have been hearing in their heads. Although majoring in traditional Chinese instruments, the members of Nen are all multi-instrumentalists.

Holding on to the belief that music has no boundaries, Nen Ensemble intends to shatter the boundaries between themselves and their audiences.

2. Lorong Boys @ Huayi

4 March 2018 – 7.15pm, 8.15pm, 9.15pm (30 minutes)

Esplanade Concourse

FREE ENTRY

Let the Lorong Boys and their unique style bring you on a musical journey as they inject their own twist to classic tunes.

Lorong Boys
The Lorong Boys are five award-winning Singapore musicians who are equally comfortable playing on the hallowed stage of the concert hall as they are on the streets of the heartland. They burst onto the Singapore music scene in May 2014, when their spontaneous performance on an MRT train went viral on social media. Since then, they have gone on multiple performance tours, and have been featured on various national events and most forms of mass media.

3. Golden Classics

Ngee Ann Polytechnic Alumni Band

11 March 2018 – 3pm (1 hour)

Esplanade Concert Hall

FREE ENTRY

Relive the golden years with classics by The Carpenters, Santana, and Whitney Houston, brought to you by the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Alumni Band!

Comprising passionate members from ages 21 to 50, Ngee Ann Polytechnic Alumni Band provides a platform for graduates to reconnect and make music together on a regular basis. For over 30 years, the alumni band has been committed to mentoring and fostering a strong relationship with the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Concert Band, which celebrates 35 years in 2018.

4. The Modern Ensemble 

Djoko Mangkrengg Performing Arts 

31 March 2018 – 6pm & 7pm  (30 minutes)

Esplanade Concourse

FREE ENTRY

The Modern Ensemble, who specialises in playing Indonesian instruments such as the angklung, kulintang and gamelan, presents a contemporary sound that combines their instruments with western strings and percussion.

Djoko Mangkrengg
Formed in 2009 by late music director Mohamed Khamis Selamat, Djoko Mangkrengg, which means “enthusiastic youth” in Javanese, is a performing arts group based at Pasir Ris East Community Centre. Its mission is to provide a platform for students to pursue their passion in traditional Malay music after they have graduated from their respective schools.

There are two parts to the ensemble: one features gamelan instruments tuned to the diatonic and chromatic scale, while the other is a modern ensemble that performs mainly on Indonesian instruments such as the angklung, kulintang and gamelan. The latter also brings western instruments such as strings and percussions into the mix for a contemporary sound. Their late director’s aim was to create a distinctive Singaporean sound through this concept.

Djoko Mangkrengg hopes to provide the platform for young musicians to carry on playing and performing so that this unique art form will live on in years to come.

5. Madrasah Aljunied Angklung Ensemble 

31 March 2018 – 3pm & 4pm  (30 mins)

Esplanade Concourse

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The students from Madrasah Aljunied Angklung Ensemble present a repertoire of nostalgic folk tunes from the Malay Archipelago as well as songs by the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee. With old favourites including Di Tanjong Katong, Bengawan Solo and Alhamdulillah from Ali Baba Bujang Lapok, the ensemble looks set to bring you back in time.

About Madrasah Aljunied Angklung Ensemble
Madrasah Aljunied Angklung Ensemble was formed in 2008 by the late Zag Fahmoa. The ensemble is managed by Ustaz Zakir and Ustazah Fauziah, and members comprise students of Madrasah Aljunied. The ensemble, under the baton of Dzul Rabull, focuses mainly on spiritual Islamic and traditional Malay songs; it is the first angklung ensemble to do so. The ensemble has been performing in numerous events and festivals. Students are not only taught the art of playing the traditional instrument but also the values of teamwork and discipline.

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How to Improve Bow Holding? https://themusicmood.com/howtoimprovebowholding/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=howtoimprovebowholding Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:57:50 +0000 http://themusicmood.com/?p=1659

How to Improve Bow Holding?

Music Moment Episode 1 

Welcome to the very first episode of Music Moment, a brand new web series and YouTube show by Music Mood in collaboration with Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. These series aims to help music lovers and students to enhance their playing skills. In this very first episode, Dior is going to share some useful guidelines which might come in handy for you to improve your bow holding. Furthermore, Dior explains some of the crucial mistakes which students make and some exercises that is useful to improve the technique.

Before we begin, a lot of students, especially beginners, dive into playing pieces they love immediately without firm fundamentals in holding the bow.

Not having a good bow hold will slow down your learning progress.

Firstly, everybody’s hand sizes and structures are different, therefore, there is no one universal way of holding the bow. There are a few popular bow holds such as:

 a. German 

b. English 

 c. Russian 

               d. Franco-Belgian 

However, a relaxed bow hold should ultimately be the most important. Remember, there are no strict rules on holding the bow, but there are some useful guidelines that will facilitate your playing.

1. Relax your right hand with a straight wrist.

2. Bend the thumb and the fingers to form a nice round hand.

3. The tip of the thumb is placed in the gap between the grip and the frog.

4. Make sure the pinky finger is resting at the bow curved and the second finger and the thumb are facing each other.

5. Turn your hand to 45 degrees.

6. Index finger should be the one adding power and dynamics to the overall playing.

Crucial mistakes made by students which will lead to much tension in the right hand:

1. Index finger should not reach up too far, as this would make you play uncomfortably.

2. Sweaty palms is a common challenge students face and the bad news is, there is no proven methods that will cure this permanently. However, some useful tips that can help sweaty palms students are through washing your hands thoroughly. If it is a really serious problem, you should visit a doctor. 

Exercises that would strengthen your fingers and bow holding

Firstly, place the thumb underneath the frog rather than resting on the frog, this will help you open out the hand and gives you more flexibility. A common fault is to move the violin to the left when approaching the heel of the bow. Instead, always try to move the bow and the violin should be still.

This next exercise will give you more flexibility and builds the strength of your pinky finger. Take your bow vertically and basically, you are going to go up and down with the bow where your thumb is the fulcrum. Your arm should remain still, the motion is from the fingers.  

Follow the above guidelines, avoid the common mistakes and remember to do some exercise that is taught before playing the Violin and it would greatly enhance your basic skills. 

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Which instruments? Violin, Piano or Cello for my child. https://themusicmood.com/violinpianocelloformychild/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=violinpianocelloformychild Thu, 25 Jan 2018 05:55:42 +0000 http://themusicmood.com/?p=1585
Which instruments? Violin, Piano or Cello for my child.

Learning a musical instrument is beneficial to anyone no matter who you are or what you do. Music provides benefits such that it is a good source of stress relieve and daily pressures faced. People that are avid music followers tend to be more composed during situations of turmoil in society as well as their personal lives.

Music has such a great ability that it tends to organize one’s mind in many different ways. For example, improving the brain memory of an individual. It can also be taken as a form of meditation to the human senses that can be used as a form of relief which may be faced during situations. For example, when you are feeling stress over an upcoming project that requires many creative ideas, music would come in as a stress reliever and new ideas may pop out with a clear and calm mind.

Before choosing an instrument for your child, you need to first understand some of the factors before coming to a decision on whether your child should learn it. 

1. Factors to consider before learning an instrument

Age: This is a very important factor as far as learning music is concerned.  With music, it is more of a skill based technique that is best acquired by regular practice and it is the younger minds that get to grasp the finer points faster and more intensively. When a child is considered, it does not make much of a difference if the child is eight or ten but more of the age bracket that would count.

Preparedness: A skill as music is best acquired by someone that is prepared for the tough grind that involves learning most of the time.  No matter how skilled the child is, there is bound to be a certain amount of struggle from the beginning to the end.  The child must be ready enough not just in physically but mentally as well while taking up an instrument.

Inclination: It is best to describe the aptitude as the inclination to picking up music and those that are bound to attain great heights are usually blessed with a certain amount of natural ability.  When the person is tuned in to the requirements of a field as music, the learning becomes a lot easier as well as smoother.

2. Instruments have different personalities and ways of expressing.

The second factor that parents should consider is the differences between the different musical instruments. It is similar to human beings that have different personalities and ways of expressing themselves. Musical instruments can be expressed differently with their own traits and personality which suits individual.

It is a fact that not all musical instruments are the same.  Each type of instrument has a type of focus and approach that is quite different from the other.  This is the primary reason that each type of musical instrument tends to differ from the other and with being the preferred instrument with anyone.

Comparing string instruments such as violin and cello, the violin has a higher pitch whereas a cello has a lower pitch and both are important instruments in an orchestra. The piano requires both left and right-hand coordination where the left hand usually plays the bassline and the right hand is the melody.

Most rhythms are quite the same throughout however, the means of achieving this rhythm is quite different in each case.  With the cello, violin and piano, it must be pointed out that the first two are primarily string instruments that need to be used directly.  The piano is also a string instrument but one that is played differently.  Thus, it is more a change of approach that is involved with each of the three concerned instruments.

3. Let your child decide, but guide them along the way.

With toddlers and younger students, there is bound to be some sort of favoritism based on personal preferences.  The best choice of an instrument is one that happens to strike a note with the student than to impose the will of the parents or any other elder onto the person.  This would hold well not just in the case of children learning music but with the older students of music too. Parents can guide their children by telling them the different pitch, the importance of the different instruments and let them try it themselves probably through trial lessons to let them have a good touch and experience on what they really like.

If a person is receptive to an instrument, then it would be much easier to take up instructions on the said instrument than anything else.  Thus, the right choice of a musical instrument is left to your child no matter how old he or she is.  The need to be focused at all times would make it rather convenient to take up the most convenient of instruments possible.

4. Inference

It could therefore be said that the best person to decide on what would be the most suited of musical instruments is the very person that is going to learn the music.  The piano could be used in case the child is willing to learn it and would look forward to the piano classes on most of the occasions.  This would be true in the case of violin and cello too.

The final choice of a musical instrument must lie with those that are learning the instruments and this would be the best approach. The parents and elders are the best guides to a child The best results with learning to play an instrument are when the student gets to link positively with the pieces.

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5 Upcoming Musical Events @ Esplanade In February https://themusicmood.com/esplanadefebruaryevents/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=esplanadefebruaryevents Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:14:27 +0000 http://themusicmood.com/?p=1551

5 Upcoming Musical Events 

@ The Esplanade In February 

1. Rhythms of Spring 

 

4 Feb 2018 – 3pm

Esplanade Concert Hall

FREE ENTRY

Braddell Heights Chinese Orchestra (BHCO) presents Rhythms of Spring, under the baton of Conductor Lin Ah Lek. In tune with the approaching Chinese New Year, this concert will focus on the theme of Spring and celebrations. The programme comprises a selection of festive-themed traditional Chinese orchestral pieces, such as Jubilant Festival, Welcoming Spring and Chang’an Street Festivities.

Formed in 1985, BHCO actively promotes Chinese traditional arts through local works while experimenting with repertoires featuring Eastern and Western instruments, across a wide range of genres from traditional to pop, instrumental and vocal.

2. Chinese New Year Impressions

 

23 Feb 2018 –  8.30pm & 9.45pm

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre 

FREE ENTRY

Lunar New Year customs and traditions come alive in the magical hands of sand artist Stacey Lee together with music by East-West fusion band SZINC and acclaimed percussionist Mohamed Noor.

SZINC
SZINC (pronounced “sync”) is an East-West fusion band comprising erhu virtuoso Mike Chiang, sanxian artist Jessica Lu and composer and keyboardist Christine Sham. Their unique band name symbolises the synchronisation of culture and people with a new (新) sound and collaboration. SZINC strives to create new sparks in the arts scene by collaborating with dancers, singers, ethnic musicians of different cultures and styles and they are not afraid to break rules and set new standards.

Stacey Lee
Stacey Lee started off as a trained animator and during a stint in London, she came across buskers who did sand art and was inspired by them. In 2010, she took the leap of faith and concentrated on being a full-time sand artist and has never looked back since. She has performed for well-known organisations including the Ministry of Manpower, Capita Land, Sembcorp Marine, Google, and many more, at their corporate functions in front of many dignitaries and cabinet ministers. Countries she has performed in include Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Australia.

3.The Dragon’s Song – An East-West Fusion Concert

 

24 & 25 Feb 2018 –  5pm

Esplanade Recital Studio

Standard Ticket: $35

Students/NSF/Senior Citizens: $20

https://www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/huayi-chinese-festival-of-arts/2018/the-dragons-song?Start=20180120

“[Guo Yazhi]’s melodious tremolo is highly expressive.”
The Washington Post

A master of suona, together with established Western musicians, in a dazzling East-meets-West concert.

Guo Yazhi, widely regarded as the best suona player in Asia, presents an exquisite evening of music with his fellow Berklee College of Music composer-musicians David Fiuczynski (guitar), Utar Artun (piano), Petar Krstajic (bass) and Jarrell Campbell (drums). The concert features original compositions and re-arrangements of popular favourites such as The Dragon’s Song, Beijing Blues, Dance of the Golden Snake, and Turkish Delights, showcasing their instrumental mastery, with Guo also featuring on other traditional Chinese wind instruments.

Multi-instrumentalist Guo specialises in woodwinds and is also a music innovator. He graduated with distinction from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and has won many international awards including the Grand Prize at New York’s International Pro Musicis Award (1998), and the Hong Kong Award for Best Artist (2012). He has performed with many orchestras around the world including Orchestra de la Suisse Switzerland, South Korea Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgium’s Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan.

4. Eastern Reveries

 

27 Feb 2018 –  7.15pm, 8.15pm & 9.15pm

Esplanade Concourse

FREE ENTRY

Enter the world of chamber reveries with Amalgamate^5 as they perform Chinese classics and pop pieces such as Spring Blossom, Galloping Horse and a medley of Jay Chou’s Chinese-style pop classics in their unique combination of strings and piano arranged by Yang Ting Ting and Edmund Song.

Amalgamate^5
Brought together by their love for chamber playing, Amalgamate^5 is an ensemble formed by a group of rising musicians in the music scenes of both Taiwan and Singapore. Featuring the unconventional setting comprising Pei Yi Ting (violin), Kuo Yun Ting (viola), Chen Jia Yu (cello), Edmund Song (double bass) and Yang Ting Ting (piano).

5. Soulful Impressions

 

28 Feb 2018 –  7.15pm & 8.45pm

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

FREE ENTRY

MUSA comprises zhongruan soloist Su-Min, guzheng soloist Su-Hui and composer-arranger Dayn Ng. This time round, they form a collective with Lu Heng (keyboard), Benjamin Boo (percussion) and Shaun Tan (bass) to showcase their brand new originals and re-adaptations of Chinese classics including In A Faraway Place, The Olive Tree, and more!

MUSA The Collective
Formed in 2015, MUSA incorporates Chinese music with contemporary style, yet preserving the roots on this foundation. Their fusion music amassed more than a million views on their YouTube page. They were invited to perform in China’s top variety show Day Day Up, the Consulate General of the Republic of Singapore in Chennai, Padang Indian Ocean Music Festival 2017 and they are featured overseas artists on China’s Guzheng Net.

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My Child Wants to Quit Violin https://themusicmood.com/mychildwantstoquitviolin/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mychildwantstoquitviolin Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:32:25 +0000 http://themusicmood.com/?p=1468
My Child Wants to Quit Violin

What should you do when your child wants to quit violin?

There are a few factors that can lead to your child thinking of quitting the violin. Here is what you should do to improve the situation.

1. Bring your child to a concert and be inspired by the musicians on stage playing the same instruments as they do.

 

When your child is uninspired by their instrument, there is a clear sign of rejection and the lack of motivation to practice diligently. However, if you bring them to a concert, the ambience of the concert hall, the beauty of sound travelling across the hall would greatly increase their interest. “Wow” would be the word that first come across their mind.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” – Pablo Picasso

2. Replace their current tutor or change their instrument

Does the main reason revolve around quitting or could it be due to other reasons that force them to quit?

Your child’s teacher plays an important role in their learning. It is the same when you are not interested to listen in Math class because the teacher is so boring or you were demoralized just because you cannot do simple calculations.

The instrument your child is currently playing may not be the choice they want because they are either being force by their parents or they made the wrong choice initially. Certain parents feel regretful because when they were young they did not have the opportunity to learn and play these musical instruments. Thus, they wouldn’t want their child to follow their footsteps and it can be a dream fulfilment for parents themselves because their child could play on behalf of them. You should then let them choose the instrument they want to instead of forcing them onto something they dislike.

3. Support from parents

Every child would want the support from someone they are closest with, and that is their parents. It would create a negative impact to a child if their parents neglect their talent or disapprove them from what they are doing. Parents need to know what theair children are doing and realize their talents so that encouragement and motivation are present. A support from a parent can also be tuning the piano at home as it shows your child the motivation to practice because there is an effort from your side to get the piano tuned.

You may also buy tickets and watch a concert with them. It not only shows your support towards what they are doing, but also give them a both listening and viewing opportunities of what it is like to be performing their instrument on such a big platform. For example, your child may come across playing a piece which is going to be played by the soloist during the concert. This is a form of encouragement and support.

4. Allow them to quit, balance their schedule and pick up violin again

If they have no interest in the instrument they are playing, consider stopping for a period of time. Allow your child to rest and after a while they might feel the urge or interest to take up the instrument again. In another case, let them rest for a period of time, thereafter begin the lessons again and see if there is progression or any changes in them.

One reason your child wants to quit may be due to their activities overloading and they have no time to spend with their friends. As such they feel lonely and being left out. Let’s say they missed out a social activity due to violin lesson, as a parent, host another event by inviting their friends over to make up for what they have lost.

Why not send your children to group lessons whereby it is not a one to one lesson and it enhances their learning ability as there is some interaction with their peers? Learning together is more effective and conducive for your child.

Adjusting their daily schedules and activities would allow them to consider playing the violin again.  Furthermore, allowing them to quit will give them a break from violin as well as letting them think better. To let them think better in a way means that your child may start to miss playing and practicing their violin. This would provide an opportunity to allow them to play the violin again.

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Silversnow Music School https://themusicmood.com/silversnow-music-school/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=silversnow-music-school Mon, 18 Dec 2017 03:21:45 +0000 http://themusicmood.com/?p=1282

Silversnow Music School

 

Silversnow Music School was founded in 2016 and is MOE certified.

The school charts the students’ learning journeys by providing weekly student progress feedback and accommodates to the students’ busy schedules with the flexibility to make lesson changes.

Under the tutelage of the school’s friendly and qualified music teachers, students have achieved 100% ABRSM exam passing rate till date.

 

Award Winning Music School

 

Within 2 years, the school has won Singapore Outstanding Enterprise Award 2016/17 and Best Learning and Enrichment Schools Award 2017/18 (Best Boutique Music School) by Parents World.

 

About Silversnow Music School

A relative newcomer to join the music school industry, Silversnow Music School was founded in 2016 and is MOE certified, meeting stringent requirements from the governing board.

It recently won Best Enrichment and Learning Schools 2017/18 (Best Boutique Music School) award by Parents World. The school offers music lessons for Piano, Violin, Guitar, Ukulele, Flute, Vocal Training, Music Theory, and Music Appreciation for all ages. With two locations in Katong and Bukit Timah, students can either be tutored one-to-one or in a class of no more than four students.

The school’s bespoke lessons are based on each child’s aptitude and needs, ensuring that the child progresses at the ideal pace. The school charts the students’ learning journeys by providing weekly student progress feedback, and accommodates to the students’ busy schedules with the flexibility to make lesson changes with advance notice.

Under the tutelage of the school’s friendly and qualified music teachers, students have achieved 100% ABRSM exam passing rate till date.

 

Silversnow Music School believes in giving the best to its students by providing a conducive learning environment and holistic music education. During lessons, students will be able to play on Steinway-designed Essex pianos, which is a testament to Steinway’s commitment to excellence.

Students of Silversnow Music School are trained to be confident young individuals as all students get the chance to gain performance experience. With Silversnow Music School, your child can have the perfect environment to unleash his/her musical potential.

 

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Silversnow Music School students have achieved 100% ABRSM exam passing rate till date

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Parent’s Name: Stephanie
Piano Students’ Name: Octavius & Avril Sim, Age 4 & 5

Glad to join Silversnow Music for my children piano classes. The school’s environment is cosy and a nice waiting area is provided. It’s a sweet gesture as there are no waiting area/cafes available in the mall. Ms Tan is very friendly and patient towards my 4 & 5 years old.

Thus, the children are always looking forward to piano classes. While the lessons are usually fun-loving, Ms Tan would not overlook on what the lessons have to cover on and would feedback to me on their pace/improvements timely. I would definitely recommend friends/relatives here for music lessons.

Parent’s Name: Jessica Smith
Piano Student’s Name: Murray Smith, Age 4

The environment of the school is cosy, comfortable and definitely conducive for Murray. He enjoys and looks forward to every music lesson with Teacher Tammy, who is a lovely, patient and knowledgeable teacher.

The timings of lessons are flexible and both the Administration and Teacher Tammy will always try to match our time slots which we don’t
see this with other schools. We are really delighted and pleased to have sent Murray to Silversnow Music School for his embarkation to music.

Ukulele Student’s Name: Alyssa Tham, Age 14

The school environment is cosy. It also has a flexible schedule and availability of time slots.

Teacher Edward was friendly and easy to engage. Location is not really convenient to travel here. But I enjoyed playing the instrument even it was the first time.

Violin Student’s Name: Vimonwan Bunpokwong, Age 22

The school environment is very much quiet and exclusive so it was very easy for me to focus on the lesson. Also, I really appreciate the understanding and kindness of teacher and staffs. It was very much flexible with the schedule and make-up class to be arranged with the teacher it needed.

Teacher Vicky is always kindly tailored the lesson to my need and point out things for me to work on! Really appreciate it.

Piano Student’s Name: Faizah, Age 23

Knowing that I am able to play the piano without taking former lessons previously, Miss Zaneta taught me the importance of the foundation of music theory and practical skills before going on to the next level. She has good fingering habits and to also use the right
fingers when playing.

She compliments me when I play correctly and encourages me when it’s difficult to coordinate. She is also very knowledgeable and is patient with me.

Silversnow Music School has spacious rooms that are conducive and are equipped with pianos that are well maintained. The school can be easily located and it is accessible as there are a lot of bus services in the vicinity. Staff are also very friendly, polite and they provide excellent customer service.

 

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