Profile of Piano Teacher

Mr Joanne Liu

  • 6 years of teaching experience
  • Bachelor in Arts Education, Majoring in Music
  • Diploma in Music (Teaching) from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts – Graduated with Distinction and Best Graduate’10
  • ABRSM Piano Grade 8
  • ABRSM Theory Grade 8
  • MOE Trained Music teacher – Taught in Secondary school for 5 years
  • Teaching Location: Home studio in Sengkang. Can also teach at Hougang, Serangoon, Punggol (North-East of Singapore)

About

Hi, I’m Joanne. A little bit about my background…

I first started my music journey with Yamaha at 4 under the Junior Music Class. I stopped learning after about 1 year and only began learning the piano through private lessons when I was about Primary 2.

My piano teacher constantly pushed and encouraged me. She would encourage me to memorise all exam pieces when I took the graded ABRSM examinations. With much hard work and determination, I managed to attain Grade 8 in both piano and theory within a few years.

Performing at SOTA’s concert hall for a private concert

After O levels, I enrolled into a tie-up scholarship programme between the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and the National Institute of Education (NIE). It is a double diploma course to become a certified MOE teacher. Thereafter, I accepted the offer to further my studies and obtained a Bachelor in Arts Education, majoring in Music.

The 3 years in NAFA gave me multiple opportunities to perform and I was exposed to a variety of music forms such as Gamelan, Chinese and Western percussion instruments, and Pop Band performances where we created song covers. It was also where we learnt theory and history – my favorite subjects.

During this period, I went to pursue my second instrument, singing. I attained the Trinity College ATCL Diploma in Performance for Singing within a few years of vocal training.

Performing song covers as a Pop Band with friends – On the keyboard and backup vocals

I started teaching one-to-one piano lessons privately when I started my formal teaching years with MOE in a secondary school as a music teacher. I did not want to lose my piano knowledge and wanted to share it with other like-minded students (and parents) who want to learn the piano.

Graduating from NIE

I have taught young children from ages 4 to adult students. Some students learn for leisure and some to gain ABRSM certifications. I am open to teaching any student so long as the student is willing to learn and grow together with me. I firmly believe in pure hard work and discipline.

I hope to impart the knowledge and experience I have to my students. I look forward to embark this music journey with you (or your child)!

Languages

English, Mandarin

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