Profile of Piano Teacher

Ms Tonglin

  • Teaching since 2012
  • Masters in Music in Piano Performance from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Distinction)
  • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (First Class Honours)
  • ABRSM Grade 8 in Piano
  • Trinity Grade 8 in Theory
  • Awarded Steinway Scholarship and Principal Scholarship and the Hadyn Webber Scholarship to pursue tertiary music studies at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Previously taught at The Piano Lessons Studio, Cardiff Music School and International Music School, Cardiff.
  • Faculty Member at School of The Arts (SOTA)
  • Experienced with kids and adult lessons, from beginners to Grade 8 and Diploma, Piano Performance and IB Music
  • Teaching location: Home studio at Lorong Chuan, or around Bishan, Toa Payoh or Ang Mo Kio

About

Ms Tonglin entered Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts at the age of 6, and continued her training with distinguished pianist Lim Yan at School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA), and won an audition to embark on a tour to Switzerland and Italy in 2011 where she performed both solo and chamber work.

She further her music education at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with the prestigious Steinway Scholarship and Principal Scholarship. She was also awarded the Haydn Webber Scholarship to pursue her Masters degree at RWCMD.

Throughout her tertiary studies, she has the privilege to compete in many international music competitions.

She was a finalist in the Eric Hodges Beethoven Prize, Concerto Prize and a semi-finalist in the Ian Stoutzker Prize. She also received the Angela Rinsler Award for exceptional performance at the European Piano Teachers’ Association UK (EPTA UK) annual competition.

In 2016, she was invited to perform in Steinway Hall London, commemorating her performance in her third year of undergraduate studies.

In 2017, Tonglin attended the International Winter School held by the Moscow Tchaikovsky conservatory, studying with Irina Nikolayevna, where she also had the honour of performing in the Rachmaninov Hall.

Recently, she was awarded the Ernest and Foris Haigh Memorial Award, commemorating excellence in achievements throughout her Masters degree.

As a teacher, Ms Tonglin has been teaching since 2012, and currently a faculty member at School of the arts Singapore, teaching piano performance and IB music. She is also teaching privately extensively.

While studying in the UK, she was teaching in school and institutions like international music school Cardiff, Royal welsh college of music and drama, junior conservatoire, teaching a whole range of students from kids, college students, working adults to retirees.

She set high expectations for her students in a safe and encouraging learning environment that fosters a love for music.

Her teaching embraces the unique qualities of every student in order to nurture them not just into confident performers, but individuals of conviction too.

Integrating aural, singing, reading and many other aspects of music that are much neglected in the standard practice of music teaching.

Ms Tonglin strongly believe that it is far more important to master and enjoy the instrument than to learn 3 piano pieces a year.

With each student, she aims to develop an individual voice through critical thinking, music appreciation, developing a ear for harmony and melody.

Ms Tonglin is grateful to her former teachers who have put her through a wide range of teaching methods which she believe will definitely benefit her students.

She has been and am currently taking pop, jazz and singing lessons to improve herself as a musician and a teacher.

She has also integrated more aspects of music and piano in her lessons so that students can enjoy themselves more and also find where their interest lie. There is so much more beyond a score and a mark sheet.

Honing performance skills and stage presence is an important part of a musician’s learning journey. She regularly organise studio classes with her students, and also sign them up for competitions and concerts when they are ready.

Languages

English, Mandarin

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