17th April 2018 - D-Flat Studios is constantly looking for talented individuals to join our small team, and we were so happy to have Lydia join us in 2018! Lydia is an accomplished teacher, nurturing talents for the past 10 years, having taught in Singapore, Malaysia and the United States to students of different ages and across nationalities. She is passionate about sharing her love for music as well as improving her craft.
She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music (Magna Cum Laude), supervisor and tutor at the Berklee Core Music Tutoring department, and Music Director of SMU Piano Ensemble. She was also a participant at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference in Boston, Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans. She has also attended Doug Goodkin's Orff Workshop held at the National Institute of Education.
She sees the value of empowering all with the gift of music education, and gives back as a mentor at the Berklee City Music education programme for underprivileged talented high school students. She also kickstarted the non-profit music education project, Hashtag Sharp, and participated in the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference Edu-Hackathon Competition in Cambridge. She is inspired by influential music educators such as José Antonio Abreu and Nadia Boulanger.
Her pedagogical approach is supported by her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from SMU as she understands developmental stages of a child and learning styles of an adult. She is versatile in teaching the classical music notation and technique, and also the play-by-ear skills for the pop and jazz genres.
As the Jazz composer of the Chamber Jazz Collective, she has also collaborated with Singaporean poet and TED speaker, Marc Nair for his album. She was guest pianist for Alzheimer’s Disease Association, percussionist for Beantown Jazz Festival, and solo and duet pianist for Klaviesta Piano Festival.
In her free time, she enjoys learning about different musical cultures and world music theory, and watching concerts and musicals. Having lived in Istanbul before, her compositions are influenced by Balkan music elements. Her favourite musicians are Jacob Collier, Hiromi, Beethoven, Schubert, and Chet Baker.
Above all, Lydia is approachable and well-liked by her students. She teaches classical and jazz piano at D-Flat Studios. Ask her about her international musical experience the next time you see her in the studio!