Musical thoughts & notes

January 19, 2019

(This is a repost of my post on the Music Matters blog in November last year.)

In light of the inclusion of teaching emotional intelligence in mainstream education in Singapore, here is the chicken-and-egg question that parents are probably burning to ask: does learning...

January 14, 2019

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January 8, 2019

On 6th December last year, my students were part of a Music Studios recital held at the library@esplanade. It was a casual, fun affair, and the students thoroughly enjoyed showcasing their playing. 

You can view live videos of this event on our Facebook page:


January 8, 2019

Mindful practice isn't always easy, but is essential for piano studies.

January 8, 2019

I’m part of The Music Studios now! This is a collective of piano teachers, helmed by Dr. Khoo Hui Ling, that provides resources, opportunities and support for private piano teachers — we are a team of  four so far. 

I have also become a blog contributor on the Musi...

June 16, 2017

1. Giga

  • Rollicking, vigorous dance in A major

  • Suggests light-hearted playground games with skipping and running

  • Darker mood at F# minor section

  • Form: A A' B A'' A' B'

  • Meter changes from 6/8 to 9/8 at the end of sections

2. Lullaby

  • Tonic-domi...

June 16, 2017

  • First published in 1937

  • Dedicated to Maria Rosa, Menotti's youngest sister

  • Menotti's take on an "Album for the Young" -- recalls images of his colourful childhood in Italy

  • Romantic in style, but flexible time signatures and expanded harmonic language


June 16, 2017

Gian Carlo Menotti [dʒan ˈkarlo meˈnɔtːi]

1911 – 2007

Italian-American composer and librettist

  • Often referred to himself as an American composer

  • Best known for his operas & being the founder of 3 international performing arts festivals

    • Classic Christmas o...

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