Have you met musicians that can play songs in different keys? Does it make you wonder how they can transpose so effortlessly? Or are you impressed with how some people can pick up any music score and sight-sing?
Music takes its listener on a journey with every note, changing a listener’s response at every junction, through the highs and then to the lows. Ever wondered how composers and arrangers achieve this? And how music endings let you feel at peace after a joy ride through the past few minutes? One of the tools composers commonly employ is the use of dominant chords. Dominant chords are used in every piece of music, as it is an effective way to signal a cadence or a change in mood.
On the back of its popular holiday programmes, D-Flat Studios will be launching a Jazz For Kids programme, introducing the world of jazz to participants 9 to 14 years old. The 3 week programme will give students the opportunity to engage in structured jazz improvisation, learning the rudiments of jazz chords and scales.
An age ago, you may find piano teachers advocating the purchase of a grand or upright piano, commonly referred to as acoustic pianos, discouraging students from practising on a keyboard. Reasons may range from acoustic pianos being more ‘realistic’ and superior sounding. Since then, with the rapid advancements in music technology and sound production, modern keyboards sing a different song altogether. With high definition sampling, reconstruction of the fingerboard, advancement in the development of motion and trigger sensors, these critical advancements added much nuances to the modern keyboard. With these massive upgrades being available in the market, one might ask, how much better is the acoustic piano? Does the price justify its value? Is getting an acoustic piano still the instrument of choice for private practice? Well, in addition to our previous blog entry, here is some additional information to help you in your learning journey.
"This is challenging! I played this passage everyday last week, but I am still not getting it! How do I practice this?"
Practice and rehearsals are critical to anyone picking up any instrument or sport. Some skills are harder than others, and require a more thoughtful and dedicated approach. Here are a few suggestions which may help you maximise your practice sessions!
It has long been said that learning to play the piano, violin, trumpet or trombone - engaging in music lessons, has always been associated with better cognitive skills and improved brain power. Many would agree that it is a great skill to have, and in one way or another improves one's perspectives and senses. What does the science say? We list some known studies and uncover other observable benefits of music!
In our teacher profile this week, we want to get to know more about our talented and fun-loving piano teacher, Dickson Goh. Dickson brings much laughter to the classroom, and our young talents have been learning much from his energetic classes since April 2018. When asked about what they love most about his classes, students have said that he is funny and colourful, bringing music to life through his patience and passion.
Purchasing a piano is an important decision. It brings so much joy to the family, bringing music to the household, creating a lifetime of musical enjoyment. There is a vast variety to choose from - acoustic or digital, upright or grand, black or white - choosing a suitable piano may seem like a tough choice. D-Flat Studios is here to provide some quick tips before you make that decision
At D-Flat Studios Singapore we have many adults picking up piano for the first time. Our teachers are always excited to introduce the piano to fresh and mature minds, and are also encouraged by the great number of adults coming back to the piano after shutting their lids on those ivories for decades. Everyone who has come back to the piano enjoy the mental challenge of learning or re-learning the instrument. And some of them have been moved to tears when they are back making music!
D-Flat Studios' students put up a stellar showing in the first music exam season of 2018!
In March 2018, 18 students presented themselves for the 1st session of the ABRSM theory and practical exams. The practical exams were held on site at our Tanglin Studio and the theory exams were held at Concorde Hotel.
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.
13th April 2018 - Music and piano education is commonplace in Singapore, and parents' appetite for the best learning opportunities shows no signs of waning. Piano lessons continue to gain popularity, and D-Flat Studios brought a first to the music education landscape. Joshua Hanitio, 9, presented the country's first Associated Board of the Royal School of Music's (ABRSM) exam conducted on a digital piano at D-Flat Studios' Tanglin branch, scoring a distinction.