Updated 14th November 2022

Each workshop is between 60-90 minutes. Click on the presenter’s name to view presenter’s biography. Example of workshop & competitions’ schedule can be viewed HERE.

WORKSHOPS, FORUM & PRESENTERS:

JERISON HARPER ZHI YUAN

DALCROZE WORKSHOP 1 : UNDERSTANDING YOUR STUDENTS’ NEEDS – Making music lesson fun (For music teachers)

DALCROZE WORKSHOP 2 : THE MUSICAL YOU – Discover music through games (For parents & students)


CHI HOE MAK

OPEN SING SESSION 1 (For teachers)

OPEN SING SESSIN 2 (For parents & students)

Come and discover the joy of singing in this fun, interactive session where we explore our voice as a musical instrument! Experience creative music-making through singing and discover how we are able to our voices as a natural tool for teaching expression, communication, musicianship and social integration.


ALLY YAP

MUSIC THERAPY 1: Mindfulness & Reminisce

MUSIC THERAPY 2: Exploration

(Both sessions are interactive sessions for all students, parents and teachers)

WORKSHOP OUTLINE:

  • Understanding Music Therapy and Music Education
  • Video session
  • Benefits of Music Therapy and Music Education
  • Approaches in Music Therapy
  • Combination of Music Therapy and Music Education
  • Methods and Technics
  • Group sessions
  • Music and Mindfulness – Meditation using Music & Art
  • Music and Reminiscence – Seniors and Dementia Care
  • Music and Exploration – Children and Adult with or withoutspecial needs
  • How combination of music therapy and music education aidschildren, adolescences, adults, and elderly with or without disorders or special difficulties.

CORRELATION BETWEEN MUSIC THERAPY AND MUSIC EDUCATION

HOW AND WHY TO COMBINE MUSIC THERAPY AND MUSIC EDUCATION?

This workshop will provide the participants with an understanding of Music therapy, Music education and enumerate the benefits of combining both including training information. It summarizes and characterizes some applicable forms of musical activities and suggests some applicable music educational and therapeutic methods theoretically as well as practical hands-on sessions.

WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?

As a brief introduction, Music Therapy is a process in which individuals or groups use music interventions within a therapeutic relationship to achieve their personal, non-musical goals.

‘Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent’’

– Victor Hugo

“Music can heal the wounds that medicine cannot touch.”

– Debasish Mrihda

“Music is the only thing we can engage with that activates every part of our brain.”

– Dr. Annie Heiderscheit, Music therapist


LOO BANG HEAN

RECIPE FOR CHOOSING EXAM PIECES (For teachers)


MARK GIBSON

Cooking with Music: how to prepare the banquet (Live Zoom session for teachers)

This workshop uses the metaphor of cooking to explore creative approaches to teaching and learning.  The ingredients for music-making are just as important as the ingredients for your favourite dish.  Choosing and preparing the right ingredients takes experience, skill and good judgement.  That is of course just the start.  Mixing, stirring, blending, tasting and serving are all part of the culinary and musical experience.  Music is so much more than dots on a page.  The unique aesthetic experience of music and music-making, is underpinned by a way of thinking, listening, understanding and creating.  Mark will demonstrate how to prepare and teach a sumptuous selection of musical ingredients using examples from his Encore Music Education publications.  He will also integrate pieces from the ABRSM syllabus.  This musical banquet of sampling, tasting, and savouring, will reinvigorate teachers’ approaches to every aspect of teaching and learning.


CAROLYN LO

A MUSIC EDUCATION FORUM (For parents)


TAY CHER SIANG

LET’S JAM! HANDS ON WORKSHOP ON SIMPLE IMPROVISATIONS & RHYTHMS (For students, parents & teachers)

Do you find improvisation intimidating? Do you enjoy listening to jazz and improvised music but not sure how to go about it? Come join this hands on workshop that breaks down the secrets behind improvisation, using some musical tools that you have already learned.


PRESENTERS’ PROFILE

Jerison Harper Zhi Yuan, LEE BA

A passionate musician, dancer, pedagogue, Jerison has set his sight on making music accessible to a diverse audience and using music to better one’s life. For this life mission, he has chosen Dalcroze Eurhythmics and its approach to facilitate his work.
Jerison received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (2016) in Dalcroze pedagogy from Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva . To further develop his knowledge and skills in working with Dalcroze, he has travelled the world to study with various Dalcroze masters. With his strong foundation in ballet and dance, he continued to study ballet and modern dance while in Geneva. The combination of mastery in both music and dance furnishes him with a unique ability to truly deliver the essence of Dalcroze Eurhythmics.

Since his return from Switzerland in 2015, Jerison has been actively promoting, conducting, and teaching Dalcroze workshops and classes to musicians, dancers and arts educators in Singapore, and has been repeatedly invited to present and teach in many Asian countries. His work has brought him to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, Vietnam, Europe, America and Australia.


Chi Hoe Mak

Chi Hoe enjoys a varied career as an award-winning choral conductor, singer, adjudicator and clinician. He is currently Artistic Director of Young Choral Academy, Artistic Director of the Penang Philharmonic Chorus, Principal Artist and Resident Chorus Master of Kuala Lumpur City Opera in Malaysia.

As a choral conductor, Chi Hoe is co-founder of the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod (MCE) and has won numerous prizes and awards with his choirs. He was the first Asian conductor to win a prestigious fellowship to work with the London Symphony Chorus in 2010 which launched his conducting career in the UK and was Resident Chorus Master at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire from 2009-2012. He made his UK festival debut in 2011 as Chorus Master for the Lichfield Festival Chorus with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) followed by positions including Chorus Master of the Birmingham Cathedral Festival Chorus, Birmingham City University Chorus, Chorus Mentor for Birmingham Opera Company, Conductor of the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire Chamber Choir and a staff conductor with Canzonetta Children’s Choirs in Manchester. He has been on the jury at several international choir competitions and presented as a clinician in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, UK, Vietnam and throughout Malaysia.

A singer of noted versatility and winner of the 2015 Cameronian Arts Award for Best Vocal Performance of the year, Chi Hoe is in demand as a singer in opera, concert, recital and for consort work throughout Malaysia and abroad. He has sung as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Malaysia, including several collaborations with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Concert engagements have taken him to China, Indonesia, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and throughout the UK. He currently sings in several ensembles including Bachfest Malaysia, The Wicked Music People Early Music Group and The Song Weavers, alongside his position as Principal Artist with Kuala Lumpur City Opera.

A graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, Chi Hoe received Master of Music (MMus) degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting, both with Distinctions and the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Performance. He was named one of Birmingham’s ‘New Generation Artists’ in 2008, winning all the major conducting prizes at College including the 2009 and 2010 Michael Beech Conducting Awards and the Principal’s Prize for ‘outstanding contribution to the musical life at the institution’.

Chi Hoe has been conferred an Honorary Membership (HonRBC) of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for his outstanding contribution to his profession and a member of the IFCM Asia-Pacific Choral Council.

www.chihoemak.net


Ally Yap

MASTER IN MUSIC THERAPY (UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Ms. Ally Yap is a local Malaysian music educator who has been working in music education industry for more than 10 years. Apart from being a music educator, she is also a registered music therapist graduated from the University of Melbourne in Australia, with Master in Music Therapy.

She specialized working with people with multiple disabilities, hospitalized patients, and elderly with dementia and stroke. Currently, she is mainly focusing on children with special needs such as autism, developmental delay, speech delay, ADHD and others.

With years of teaching experience in music academies, it enhanced her with advance skills to educate and support her students/clients with goal-orientated methods. She always believes that “Music for All” and hence, her aim is to provide her services to a wide range of peoples regardless of age, with or without different needs and abilities.


Loo Bang Hean

Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, Bang Hean was the winner of the First National Mozart Piano Competition in 1987, and two years later a scholarship from the music examination board, ABRSM enabled him to study at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London.

Bang Hean’s early teachers in Malaysia include Serena Chow and Rickie Oui while in England he studied with Yonty Solomon, John Blakely and Dennis Lee. He won numerous prizes at the RCM and upon graduating received awards from the Anthony Saltmarsh Prize and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust to enable him to undergo postgraduate studies with the Hungarian teacher Professor Ilonka Deckers in Milan, Italy.

Since his return to Malaysia Bang Hean has made regular appearances in solo recitals, chamber concerts as well as concerto performances. He has appeared in most major concert venues in Malaysia and has been featured as a soloist with various local orchestras, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). An active chamber musician, he collaborates frequently with various instrumentalists and vocalists, and is a frequent guest pianist at the MPO chamber concert series. Bang Hean has performed abroad in countries such as England, Italy, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Korea. 

Bang Hean is a lecturer at the Institute of Music, UCSI University and has frequently been invited to adjudicate, examine, and conduct masterclasses and in various countries. A frequent presenter for ABRSM, he has presented seminars around Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and China, India and the Middle East. In 2020 ABRSM invited him to record videos of talks on 108 exam pieces (2021-2022) for their webinar series, viewed by teachers all around the world. 


Mark Gibson

MMus, BMus(Dist), GradDipMus, GradDipFET, FTCL, LTCL, AMusA

Mark has a reputation as of one of Australia’s most outstanding music educators. He fulfils a demanding schedule internationally as an examiner, composer, adjudicator, master teacher, workshop presenter and curriculum writer.  His dedication and passion are the driving force behind Encore Music Education and Accent Publishing.

The Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia, has produced many outstanding graduates and Mark is privileged to be among them.  His principal piano teacher was the renowned pedagogue and pianist Dr Max Olding AM. Other distinguished teachers included Pamela Page, David Bollard and Una Morgan, whose musical pedigree links directly to Clara Schumann. Mark’s instrumental studies also included voice and clarinet. In 1981, Mark was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction in both Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. He also received the award for the Most Outstanding Graduate. Postgraduate qualifications include a Graduate Diploma specialising in Piano Pedagogy, a Graduate Diploma in Further Education and Training and a Master of Music.

Mark founded and directed one of Australia’s largest and most successful music schools in 1983. He was on the staff of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for over 10 years where he passed on his considerable expertise in piano performance, music technology, keyboard harmony, aural training and musicianship studies.  He also directed the QUT Keyboard/Piano Ensemble.

Mark’s students have achieved great success nationally and internationally.  A testament to his skills is that many of Mark’s students have developed successful careers in the music profession as producers, composers, choral conductors and piano teachers.

Expertise across a wide range of music genres defines Mark as a musician.  Concert engagements include having played under Werner Andreas Albert and as a soloist for Command Performances.  As a composer, Mark’s works are often heard in piano competitions and are featured in several examination syllabi as well as grade book publications for the AMEB and ANZCA.  Mark’s keynote speaking engagements include the Summer Conference for the Music Teachers’ Association of South Australia and the Annual Conference for the Tasmanian Music Teachers’ Association.  He has also been a presenter at the Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference on three separate occasions.

Mark’s teaching enthusiasm is shared with children from as young as three years through to students studying piano at the highest diploma levels. In 1997 Mark established Encore Music Education and Accent Publishing with Morna Robinson.  Their most recent collaboration to produce Kinder Beat won an Australian Music Association award in 2010.  It continues to set a new benchmark for early childhood music education.


CAROLYN LO MAY YEENG

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Carolyn was offered a full graduate assistantship from Miami University, Ohio to pursue a Masters in Piano Performance and successfully graduated in 2011. She also holds the LRSM and FTCL performance diplomas with distinction, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia. In 2015, she became the first Malaysian to be awarded the FRSM in piano performance with a distinction.

Having won awards and prizes locally and internationally, she has performed both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist in music festivals, recitals and competitions in the USA, Austria, Taiwan, Korea, Macau, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. As a soloist, she appeared in the KL Piano Gala for five consecutive years since 2013 and performed the Saint-Saens 4th Piano Concerto with the Penang Philharmonic in the same year. In 2014, she premiered works of two Malaysian composers at the KL Piano Gala Concert and appeared in a duet concert in Kuala Lumpur. She was also featured as a concerto soloist in 2017 with the Selangor Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) and the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) performing Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto and Grieg’s Piano Concerto respectively. In July 2018, she was invited to perform chamber works at the JB Classical Music Festival. In the same year she organised and performed in “An Enchanted Evening”, a piano duo charity concert with her husband, Malaysian pianist Loo Bang Hean in Kuala Lumpur. In 2019 she made her debut solo performance at the Musikverein, Vienna and Carnegie Hall, New York in September and November respectively.

Carolyn has given masterclasses locally and abroad. She is an adjunct lecturer at the Institute of Music, UCSI University and has a private piano studio in Cyberjaya, where she enjoys working with students of a wide range of ages and levels. Over the years, her students have won numerous prizes in piano competitions held locally as well as overseas.

Apart from teaching, she is also a well sought-after adjudicator. She has been invited to be part of the panel of jurors for the UCSI International Competition 2014 & 2016, the Malaysian Youth Music Festival 2016 as well as the 15th Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Piano Competition 2016. She also adjudicated at the KK Music Festival as well as the Borneo Performing Arts Festival in 2017. Subsequently in 2018, she was also part of the jury panels for the Borneo Performing Arts Festival in Kota Kinabalu as well as the Euroasia Piano Competitions held in various states around Malaysia. In 2019, she was invited again to adjudicate various piano competitions held in this region, including the Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts Festival (HKYPAF) held in Kuala Lumpur. In that same year she presented at the ABRSM Music Teachers Conference in Kuala Lumpur. From the onset of the pandemic in 2020 she continued teaching and adjudicating online, including the Malaysian Piano Competition and UCSI International Piano Festival & Competition 2020 as well as  Euroasia  Piano Competition and the finals of HKYPAF in 2021 and 2022. 

Apart from music, Carolyn enjoys travelling, baking and cooking. 


TAY CHER SIANG

Tay Cher Siang started his piano lessons learning classical music. He took up an interest in Jazz during his teenage years and began to pursue his musical journey as a jazz pianist.
He received his Masters in Jazz Pedagogy under the tutelage of Dr. Miltenberger and Professor Scea.

Tay immerse himself in the education of Jazz in Malaysia and Asia, he taught at UCSI, UM, The Yamaha Music Academy and UPM. He is also teaching at his private studio, and giving master classes, jazz clinics throughout Malaysia and Asia.

As a pianist and composer, Tay has been touring extensively with his band WVC –
Malaysian Jazz Ensemble, and also with a multi nationals band Unit Asia, to China, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Turkey, Egypt, India, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the USA. Total of ten albums were released throughout the Years, with original compositions and arrangements. Tay is also active in producing recordings with various artists and singers in the region. He has produced 30 albums to date.

In 2016, Tay won three Kaki Seni-Cameronian Arts Awards, the most prestigious awards
for Performing Arts in Malaysia, for his compositions and performances. Another nomination came in 2020, for his production of Shakespeare and Jazz concerts of which he bagged the best original composition award. He is invited to give a TedX talk at the prestigious 2018 TedX Petaling Street, and then perform with his band at the said event.
Tay is also the music director and arranger for various notable Singers and musical acts in the Malaysian live music scene.

As a composer and music director, Tay has been involved with movie soundtracks, Musical productions, and Theater works. He and his band played themselves in the Hollywood blockbuster “Crazy Rich Asians”.

Tay is currently the Chairman of the organizing committee of the annual Malaysian Jazz Piano Festivals. He also writes a bi-weekly Jazz Column on newspaper China Press and Sinchew Daily,, and he hosts a weekly Jazz radio program on City Plus FM.


EXAMPLE OF WORKSHOPS’ SCHEDULE (For illustration only)

Time / RoomRoom 1Room 2Room 3Room 4Zoom Room
9:30-11amWorkshop 1Workshop 2Competition class 1Competition class 5Q&A 1
11:15-12:45amWorkshop 3Workshop 4Competition class 2 &
Prize giving for a.m. sessions
Competition class 6 &
Prize giving for a.m. sessions
Zoominar
1:30-3:00pmWorkshop 5Workshop 6Competition class 3Competition class 7Zoominar
3:15-4:45pmWorkshop 7Workshop 8Competition class 4Competition class 8Q&A 2
Prize giving for p.m. sessionsPrize giving for p.m. sessions
Actual time / schedule will only be published together with competitions’ schedule

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