Since 2018, we have been looking into developing an e-learning platform which would help improve the learning experience for our students and make it more fun and engaging. We have since partnered with Bobby and Desmond from Siloam Technologies, who are helping us to create a data-driven music theory app which will incorporate artificial intelligence in-app. Last Sunday, we were delighted to invite a small group of testers comprising of our own students to take part in a prototype that we had successfully produced. Here’s what happened during the testing!
Samuel is an avid opera lover and has been pursuing his passion since his secondary school days. A graduate of NUS Theatre Studies, he actively takes up opportunities to enrich his experience as a classical singer and performer, and is a regular in boutique local opera productions. He has sung several roles in shows such as L’enfant et les sortileges (Maurice Ravel), Die Zauberflöte (W.A. Mozart) and Cendrillon (Jules Massenet) with the Music Academy International opera studio in Italy. Recently, he sang as Stephen in Laksa Cantata, part of The Singapore Trilogy written by Chen Zhangyi.
Did you know that the theremin is an instrument that can be played without having physical contact at all? Musical instruments exist in many different forms, and we have curated a list of the strangest of them all. While the following instruments come in unusual forms, they each utilize clever ways to produce sounds - some of them even integrating with nature. Read on to find out what these instruments are!
Eileen showed interest in music at an early age, enrolling for piano lessons when she was just 6. She continued her lessons up till 17, where she obtained her ABRSM Grade 8 Piano Performance and Grade 6 Theory of Music. Following that, she proceeded to enrol herself into LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore under the tutelage of Mr. Frank DeMeglio for 3 years, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, specialising in Classical Performance (Piano) in 2019. While she was undertaking her undergraduate studies, Eileen took part in various projects such as winning the Annual Piano Concerto Competition in 2018, playing the Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major written by Mozart featuring her own lead-ins and cadenzas. In the same year, she also directed an interdisciplinary performance entitled, Piano Voyage: The Time Traveller’s Memoir held in Lasalle College of the Arts, featuring animators, and dancers who were an integral part to the performance. Eileen strives to be a better educator for her students, stemming from her personal experience with one herself.
Every student LOVES scales & arpeggios! (Well, not all.) Required in just about every music exam, scales & arpeggios are a hallmark of a students’ learning journey. Our loving and patient teachers at D-Flat Studios will never tire of encouraging our students to kickstart their lessons by warming up with scales. Here’s why!
On the back of its popular holiday programmes, D-Flat Studios will be launching the Jazz For Kids programme again, introducing the world of jazz to participants 9 to 14 years old. This time, the 3-day programme will give students the opportunity to engage in structured jazz improvisation, learning the rudiments of jazz chords and scales.
For the longest time, O-level Music has been limited to Western Classical Music and Asian Music Studies. It delved into Operas, Art Song, Orchestra Music, Keyboard Music, Musicals, Chamber Music, Malay, Indian, Chinese Ensemble Music, and Gamelan. Though these are important historical developments in music, they are disconnected from the music of today, from what our children are listening to, and what Singapore’s cultural leaders are creating.
Have you watched Avengers: Endgame yet? If not, hurry up and get your tickets! With a record breaking opening worldwide over the past week, “Avengers: Endgame” serves as the rousing final chapter to the Infinity Saga. The success of the film is further accentuated by its superb soundtrack written by Grammy-winning composer, Alan Silvestri.
Keen to pursue music but don’t know where to start? Let us guide you from here. At D-Flat Studios, we are always trying to nurture potential musicians who have yet to be discovered. With over 10 years of experience teaching the art of music through piano and voice, we are confident in our methodology which is constantly being reviewed by our panel of dedicated teachers to stay on top of the latest music education. We also take pride with these few characteristics that are unique to us.
Ever felt emotional listening to your favourite tunes? You are not alone. Music has been a universal feature of the human society, with the power to evoke primal feelings from our cores. Silent films, one of the milestones in the history of film-making, make use of music in this precise manner. Recorded without a synchronised audio track, these films do not contain any audible dialogue, making use of title cards to convey its plot and live music to add more drama to the films.
Music has always played a pivotal role in complementing the creative arts such as theatre, film, and dance. A creative director’s process involves thinking about the function of the sonic arts in a performance - how music might enhance a show, inspire new choreographic heights, or even how sound effects might add to the effectiveness of humour in a show. Over the years, music has established its place in theatrical conventions. Specifically, music shared one of its greatest moments with comedy through the conception of Vaudeville shows.
Mark these dates on your calendar! With international acts such as Ed Sheeran’s Divide World Tour (26th April 2019), Jason Mraz’s Good Vibes Tour (11th May 2019, Westlife’s Twenty Tour (10th August 2019) and Backstreet Boys’ DNA Tour (30th October 2019) happening within the year, we are fortunate to get to enjoy these wonderful concerts live in Singapore. However, do you ever wonder what goes on behind the stage for these large-scale performances to be executed flawlessly?
Have your heard of instrumental hits such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Strauss’ The Blue Danube, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5? Did you experience a certain feeling after listening to these hits? It’s fascinating how these instrumental pieces that do not contain any words have the capacity to evoke certain feelings within us. What causes one to experience those feelings? Music practitioners explain this phenomenon by regarding music to be a universal language - one that conveys primal feelings shared at the core of the human experience.
It’s play time! Whilst the holiday season is a great time to rest and relax, it’s also a great time to check out events and explore the abundance of activities that our island has to offer. We’ve compiled a list of musical to-dos for this March holiday - while students nationwide are taking a break, do not miss out on these opportunities to expose yourselves to music and the joy that it brings!
The recent abolishment of the streaming system in secondary schools by the Ministry of Education puts an end to the downsides of customised education, such as stigmatism and labelling. This goal is also shared in music education, where examination boards such as ABRSM aims to motivate learners at all levels and ages, providing realistic goals and tangible rewards for their achievements. Music exams serves as a good motivating tool for students to challenge themselves, performing their own personal best. However, it should not be regarded as a measure of their self-esteem or how good they are.
Beethoven, one of the most revered composers of the Classical realm, once said, “To play a wrong note is insignificant, but to play without passion is inexcusable.” Last Saturday, D-Flat Studios was proud to present three passionate groups of performers for our Annual Recital - our young beginners, our exam candidates and also our adult enthusiasts!
Parents are often said to be the first teachers of their children. A parent’s role in a child’s musical journey is one that is very influential, and there are many ways in which parents can help their child with their music learning. Some parents who have little to no musical experience might feel uncertain about their role and what they can do to help their children. The good news is, there is a lot that parents can do, musical or not, to help their children achieve success in their musical journey!
Love is in the air this 14th of February!
One of our students at D-Flat Studios planned for Valentine’s Day well in advance this year. A few months ago, Dr. Thomas Anthony approached one of our teachers, Teacher Lydia with a mission in mind - to prepare a special song performance for his wife as a 50th birthday gift to her.
The rapid advancement of technology has not only made e-learning an extremely viable platform for education, but also popularized digital play as a mode of learning. Phone apps and games have burgeoned over the years as developers continuously race to construct the best apps and games to teach each and every subject.
According to Statista, there are 2.8 million apps available on Google Play and 2.2 million apps available on the Apple App Store as of March 2017. As the teachers and students here at D-Flat Studios prepare for the imminent ABRSM practical exams, we’ve found a couple of apps that have been greatly effective in spicing up a practice session!