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Siew Wan Ying is a Bachelor in Classical Music (Hons) degree holder, obtained from the Institute of Music, UCSI University. Wan Ying started her music learning at 4 years old, and has been teaching since 2017. She is qualified with the diploma from Associate of Trinity College London with distinction, ABRSM Grade 8 Piano and Theory, Yamaha Piano and Fundamentals Grade 5, Rockschool Vocals Grade 5 and Trinity Cello Grade 4. Aside from teaching at the MK Sounds Heavenly, she also has had some regular performing at the KPJ Damansara Hospital and part-time teaching at an international school in Selangor, Malaysia. She is also active in collaborative piano, in which she accompanies musicians for their exams in university levels, as well as in ABRSM and Trinity exams. Furthermore, Wan Ying also performed as choir member in several international choir competitions such as Grand Prix Thailand 2017, Taipei International Choral Festival 2018, and has participated in performances with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), notably the Ola Bola and Carmina Burana production. Wan Ying teaches piano, vocals, early years music, piano ensemble and choir at the Heavenly Star Music Sdn Bhd.
Has numerous years teaching experience in kindergardens, and schools; is sought after as a violin teacher works well with young children and adults learner. She holds a Bachelor of performing arts in Music in University of Malaya majoring in Violin. She understands every student is different and always tailors her teaching methods according to student’s characters and needs and believe learning violin for kids and adults should be fun. She has participated in numerous music workshops and conferences to enrich herself with more teaching ideas.
Daniel Chim +irst started the cello at the age of elven and had taken a liking to the instrument. He practised hard and participated in every small concerts and performance as possible. After listening to Steven Isserlis performed the Cello Concerto in C major with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), Daniel became inspired and had decided to pursue a career in music.
Daniel worked hard, mastering the cello under various teachers and even by his own mother, who taught him Music Theory. When he was experienced enough, he joined the Petaling Jaya Youth Orchestra (PJYO) where he improved on his cello techniques and exposed himself to orchestral music.
In 2010 after +inishing his A’ levels, Daniel travelled to the United Kingdom to begin his Bachelor of Arts at the Leeds College of Music. During those three years, not only was Daniel introduced to the double bass but he had also found a passion in teaching.
Then at the beginning of 2013, Daniel went to Australia to enrol into the University of Queensland for his Master of Music. There he focused on teaching pedagogy and research in music education. He also joined the university’s orchestra and a choir group.
In 2015, he returned to Malaysia where he committed himself as a cello and double bass teacher in Kuala Lumpur. Along with teaching, he also joined the Selangor Philharmonic Orchestra and sometimes joining the KLPAC.
Daniel has been teaching cello and double bass for six years in different music schools and privately. He +irst joined Sounds of Heaven in 2019 where he been teaching for two years. He had also been involved with the school’s Halloween Workshop in 2019 and his student had performed in two concerts. He is still with the school, conducting online lessons.
Ms. Alice has been a piano teacher ever since the year 2018. She is a Trinity Piano Grade 8 holder. She teaches piano and the Wonderful Music Star early childhood music course (WMS) at Heavenly Star Music Sdn. bhd.
Other than teaching, she participated school’s musical camp as one of the committees. Some of her engagements are the Spring concert 2019, Damen Halloween Music Camp, Christmas Camp 2021, and Halloween Music Camp 2022 at Bukit Jalil. She enjoys teaching and organizing musical events.
She is a passionate and experienced music teacher. After teaching in the US for four years, she now resides in Kuala Lumpur. She received her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Miami University, Ohio, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from UPM. She is skilled in piano performance, piano pedagogy, chamber music, and teaching group classes. She earned the title of Nationally Certified Teacher (NCTM) from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and she is a certified Suzuki Teacher from the Suzuki Association America (SAA).
Vi Vien is committed to providing her students with quality and comprehensive music education. Besides learning to play the piano, her students also learn music theory and aural and musicianship skills. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and has experience teaching in private and group settings. She taught individual piano lessons, conducted music summer camps, and a facilitator for the “Opera for Kids” workshops sponsored by the Kuala Lumpur City Opera (KLCO).
Her teaching philosophy is to help her students to express themselves musically, nurture them to be better human beings, and ultimately promote the joy of studying music and playing the piano. She wants her students to have a fun and rewarding music experience through their lessons.
Besides her passion for teaching, Vi Vien also loves to perform. She has performed in numerous solo and chamber music recitals and appeared as a concerto soloist with the UPM Symphony Orchestra during her final year at UPM. In 2017, she won the Gold Award in the Hong Kong Youth Performing Art Festival and was named a finalist in the First Aswara International Competition. In the US, she gave lecture-recitals for the Institute Learning for the Retiree and charity recitals for Oxford Food Pantry.
Apart from her teaching schedule, she enjoys hiking, baking, and spending time with her family.
Katherine Lum is a passionate person towards music teaching. She had obtained her BA (Hon) Music and Event and Venue Management in 2007 at UK after she had completed her Diploma in Music from Yamaha Academy of Arts & Music in 2005, Malaysia.
After she had graduated in UK, she had started her music education career as music instructor – teaching piano, recorder, vocal and clarinet in private/ International School for 5 years. During her employment with the school, she was the clarinetist/saxophonist in the school orchestra during musical production. While she was working with the school, she also teaches private piano lessons.
In addition, she had her ABRSM Grade 8 piano, clarinet, theory, LCM grade 6 vocal, Yamaha Grade 6 piano. In 2009, She had started her journey in The Australian Kodaly Certificate in Music Education. She had completed the Early Childhood and Primary Level in 2012. Recently, she had even started her Secondary level.
Hailey Tan, a piano teacher with 9 years experience teaching both one-on-one and group settings in Singapore and Malaysia. Her students range in age from 3 to 65 years old, and she excels at maintaining positive connections with both parents and students to ensure their musical success. She is well-versed in classical piano music and holds a Bachelor of Music Degree, majoring in music pedagogy in Universiti Sains Malaysia. Hailey also holds diplomas from the Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) and the London College of Music (DipLCM). She has also gained valuable teaching experience in various music centres since she started teaching in 2014.
But Hailey’s musical expertise goes beyond just classical music. She has also worked as a keyboardist and vocalist in a popular band BeezyBuss, as well as the USM Wanderers BAnd, and also interned as a sound engineer in HIITS Recording Studio while in Penang. During her time at university, Hailey was an active advocate for original music. She was involved in arranging, recording, and mixing the USM Wanderers’ albums “Perculiar” and “照常营业“, both of which are now available on Spotify. Additionally, she worked on the song “给前任的歌” by Yu, which can be found on YouTube. Hailey has experience in pop music and music technology, giving her valuable insights into music that she shares with her students.
In addition to her qualifications, Hailey has a passion for music performance and believes in the importance of sharing music with others. She plans and executes online recitals for her students to give them opportunities to showcase their musical abilities. Hailey’s diverse musical background has given her a unique perspective on piano education. She believes that every student in unique, and tailors her lessons to suit the needs and interests of her students. Hailey’s approach has been successful, with all of her students passing the ABRSM piano practical exam with distinction and merits in 2022.
With her commitment to lifelong learning, Hailey is currently a candidate for the Master of Business Administration at University Sains Malaysia.
Dr. Elaine Yap, is making headlines as a sensational rising pianist in her home country, Malaysia and was described as a young artist who “took all musical considerations in the stride.” (The Straits Times, Singapore)
She has been selected as the winner of the Michigan State University Piano Concerto Competition (2019), one of the winners of the New England Conservatory’s Marion Rubin Bermin 31′ Piano Honors Competition (2017) and performed at the new England Conservatory Jordan Hall. She also won fourth prize at the 5th Thailand International Piano Competition (2018) and first prize at the Singapore National Piano and Violin Competition (Artist Category, 2013).
She has performed in countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and Netherlands, United States and also collaborated with orchestras: Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, Thailand Symphony Orchestra, Kuala Lumpur Performing Art Center (KLPAC) Orchestra, Singapore Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and Penang Philharmonic Orchestra. For Chamber music, she worked with James Campbell, Gary Hoffman, Nicola Boud, Pei-Shan Lee, Vivian-Hornik Weilerstein, Max Levinson, and Lucy Chapman. She also performed for renowned artists in masterclasses, including Dang Thai Son, Elisso Virsaladze, Mikhail Voskresensky, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Stephen Hough, Konstantin Scherbakov, Jerome Lowenthal, Ann Schein, Martin Roscoe, Gottlieb Wallisch etc.
Dr. Yap is currently a piano faculty member at University Putra Malaysia. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance at Michigan State University, studying with Margarita Shevchenko. Prior to that, she studied at the Yong Siew To Conservatory of Music for a Bachelor degree, and complete graduate studies and a diploma at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Her previous teachers include Haesun Pail, Meng-Chieh Liu, Albert Tiu and Dr. Nicholas Ong.
Emily was born with an innate passion for music. Ballet lessons was where music was first introduced to her. Her wish to play the piano came true and she went on to complete her Diploma in Music with London College of Music. All this happened whilst she pursued dancing in the local and international scene.
Ms. Ang graduated with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) from Sunway University as a qualified Chartered Accountant. She is an experienced auditor with a demonstrated history of working in an audit firm which gained valuable insights from managing portfolio of diversified clients in different industries. She has a good understanding of internal controls, corporate governance, risk assessment, and internal audit methodology during her tenure as an internal auditor with Malaysia’s leading insurance company. Since MCO, she has decided to quit her job and take the role of primary caregiver in the family. After 2 years, Ms. Ang has now decided to rejoin the workforce to seek personal fulfillment while still balancing her family responsibilities. Rest assured, she is a friendly and easy-going administrator who will always be ready to assist.
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