Profile of Piano Teacher

Ms Berlin

  • 6 years of teaching experience
  • Diploma in Music (Performance Major) from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • ABRSM Piano Grade 8
  • ABRSM Theory Grade 8
  • Taught at Yamaha Music School
  • Mass Music Teaching sessions at NAFA Kindergarten and Primary Schools
  • Teaching Location: Jurong West, Jurong East, Choa Chu Kang (West of Singapore)

About

Hi! My name is Berlin. Let me share with you a bit more about my music background.

I first started piano when I was 5 but a year later, I stopped learning. However, I find myself still having a liking to music and singing. Thus, I picked up the classical guitar for a few years and joined school choirs and professional choirs and choruses for many years.

Over the course of my studies, I grew more and more interested in piano and thus, I began learning the piano during my teenage years. After many grueling practices and hard work, I have achieved a good amount of foundation and skill set that allowed me to achieve my Grade 8 in piano as well as theory.

After my O levels, I enrolled into Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), and graduated with a Diploma in Music, majoring in Performance. The 3 years of music studies equipped me with many in-depth knowledge of music that are invaluable, which later helped me in many areas of my music teaching.

It is also during my NAFA days where I was exposed to teaching group music classes in schools as well.

I first started my teaching journey back in 2014 and have enjoyed every single teaching process and am always filled with awe and gratitude seeing my students grow in both skills and also as an individual.

Many are young children who experienced music and piano for the first time, while some are talented kids who wish to pursue piano further with private lessons. Seeing every child you teach fall in love with music, is the best reward any teacher can ever have.

As my student base grew, I also create opportunities for my students to perform, by partnering with my other teacher friends to hold a concert for them, and also organize one myself too. 

I believe learning piano should not just be exam or grading-focused. Yes, I do prepare students for exams, and most of them do quite well too! But too much exam pieces or drilling may make the whole learning journey unpleasant and boring. Learning should be fun, right? 🙂

 

Mini-concerts like these provide an opportunity for students to perform, and also observe how their peers perform as well. The students’ music performances are not meant to impress others, but to showcase their learnings, their hard work, the effort they have put in, for their loved ones who supported them in their journey. 

I’m glad to be able to make a difference to all my students so far. 

 

Here’s my personal motto that keeps my passion going,

“Teaching is more than methods and techniques, it is about making a difference.”

“When Estee started to switch from group lesson in yamaha to individual lesson, it is not easy for her to adapt new method in ABRSM n sight reading. Being her weakest in sight reading, now she is getting so much better in sight reading and soon be ready for grade 1 theory exam in 2018! “

Hi Teacher Berlin! Thank you for being a fun loving, dedicated and patient teacher. When Estee started to switch from group lesson in yamaha to individual lesson, it is not easy for her to adapt new method in ABRSM n sight reading.

Being her weakest in sight reading now she is getting so much better in sight reading and soon be ready for grade 1 theory exam in 2018. I also really appreciate your effort to organise the concert to let Estee & your other students to have the opportunity to perform.

It was truly an invaluable experience and also good exposure to such a young kid. Without a doubt i will confidently recommend you to any of my friends who are looking for pursue in music lesson.

Jamie

Mother Of Estee (Kids Piano Lessons)

“She has a natural affinity with kids surely.”

Teacher Berlin has shown tremendous patience and understanding to my daughter who has been with her for 1 year now.

She gives regular updates (texts and videos) on progress, goes the extra mile to ensure what has been taught can be revised at home by handwriting notes for us. She has a natural affinity with kids surely. 😊

Mr Kelvin

Parent of Kelsa

“She made learning piano fun and interesting for my daughter, and my daughter always looks forward to her weekly piano class with Ms Berlin.”

Ms Berlin is an amazing piano teacher. She is very patient, passionate about music and most importantly, she can engage young students very well! She made learning piano fun and interesting for my daughter, and my daughter always looks forward to her weekly piano class with Ms Berlin.

Her teaching progresses methodically and logically through music theory and fundamentals, and she ensures that there is something new being taught at each lesson. I highly recommend Ms Berlin as a piano teacher for any adult or child who wishes to learn how to play the piano! 

Ms Jennifer Ong

Mother of Kyleigh

“Her teaching style is extremely comfortable and efficient giving me the space to learn all kinds of genres while picking up the essential techniques. I always look forward to piano lessons as there is always something new and interesting to learn!”

I’m so glad that I decided to learn the piano under Ms Berlin. When I started I was so unsure if I would be able to commit to learning piano amongst the hectic schedule of University but thanks to Ms Berlin learning the piano has been fruitful and extremely enjoyable.

Her teaching style is extremely comfortable and efficient giving me the space to learn all kinds of genres while picking up the essential techniques. I always look forward to piano lessons as there is always something new and interesting to learn!

Thank you Ms Berlin for being such a huge support throughout my piano journey!

 

Poorvi

Student, Grade 1 to 5 in just 1 and a half years.

“Ms Berlin is able to guide me through my piano education at a good pace, and at the same time challenges me to achieve my maximum potential. “

Ms Berlin is a patient and caring piano tutor. She is able to guide me through my piano education at a good pace, and at the same time challenges me to achieve my maximum potential.

She is able to cater to my favourite types of music, making learning piano with her fulfilling and enjoyable!

I would also like to extend my gratitude to TheHappyPianist, who was able to efficiently find a suitable piano teacher for me.

Melson

Student, Beginner to Grade 3 in 8 months

“I noticed their playing improve after every lesson which shows how effective of a teacher she is. Her happy & bubbly personality helps her bond with children very easily.”

When I first knew Berlin, I was inspired by her journey. She picked up guitar & piano in her teens which shows it is never too late to learn a musical instrument and make a career out of it. As my children’s piano teacher, she teaches in a way that is fun & engaging & it makes my boys wants to practise on their own to master the songs they learn.

I noticed their playing improve after every lesson which shows how effective of a teacher she is. Her happy & bubbly personality helps her bond with children very easily. I definitely recommend her to anyone who wants to learn piano or guitar. If you feel the classical route doesn’t interest you, do pop piano. She knows such a wide range of songs that’ll surely pique your interest no matter what.

Ms Laine

Mother of Jian Kai and Jian Ming

“Previously they would drag going to piano lessons conducted by a music school. Now my children are able to play piano independently and confidently. “

I am glad that my 2 children are under the guidance of teacher Berlin. She is a dedicated, patient and friendly teacher who encourages and motivates my children in learning piano.

Previously they would drag going to piano lessons conducted by a music school. Now my children are able to play piano independently and confidently. 

I am really happy to see that they have developed an interest in playing piano and always look forward to their next lesson. Thank you teacher Berlin for you have done a great job.

Ms Cherie

Parent of 2 kids

Languages

English, Mandarin

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