Singapore may be small but it’s big on musical talent, mama, with no shortage of excellent music schools
Given that our tiny island leads the world in math and science performance, it seems little coincidence that music lessons are so popular here: after all, much research has shown a strong relationship between playing a musical instrument and developing an aptitude for math and science, including studies that have shown the brain-boosting effects of music lessons on young children’s memories and executive function.
So clearly there are huge benefits to learning to play an instrument (never mind it’s a wonderful life skill that’ll always serve you well at parties!); but how do you make sure to find a teacher that makes learning music fun and enriching for your child? The number of schools and teachers in Singapore is frankly overwhelming! Not to worry, mama: we’ve done the work for you and rounded up our picks of the best music schools in Singapore. With outstanding facilities, super-qualified teachers, convenient locations, and lots of great feedback from other happy mamas, these schools will no doubt have you singing a happy tune!
Click through our slideshow to see our picks for the best music schools in Singapore!
From its humble beginnings from just one private piano teacher, Ms. Janice Ong, Presto Studios has grown sizeably and is now a notable music studio with a cosy, conducive environment. Their dedicated and skilled teachers are all highly qualified, warm and passionate, and have attained degrees from prestigious universities overseas. Patient yet committed to excellence, the Presto Studios team will go the extra mile in coaching every student, up to the ABRSM exams! Students will also have endless performing opportunities and events to help them achieve continuous milestones in their learning journey.
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Taking a holistic approach to music education with the aim of creating a stress-free learning environment, The Musical Voyage offers two key programs: Kindermusik (music and movement) and Soft Mozart (keyboard instruction). Kindermusik is perfect for babies 3 months and up, giving littlies the chance to sing, play, explore instruments, and move creatively while bonding with a parent or caretaker. Soft Mozart, meanwhile, takes the view that every child can play the piano when given the right tools. With an assist from interactive piano learning software, learning is simple, stress-free and fun!
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With five convenient locations across the island – including a state-of-the-art performance space at their flagship right on Orchard Road – Aureus is known for its fantastically qualified teachers and one-on-one training (they don’t have a 100% pass rate on the prestigious ABRSM Music Exam for nothing!), but above all they strive to ignite a passion for music in their young students. With seven different instruments to choose from, why not take advantage of their free trial lesson, or let your kiddo experiment with a different instrument each day?
Belcanto Violins prides themselves in being the experts in Technical Precision, helping kiddos with a unique individualistic approach to excel in playing the string instrument. They’ve had 20 years of music teaching experience internationally – including in United Kingdom and China – with incredible results. Little violinists at Belcanto get plenty of opportunity to perform, all while being taught with an emphasis on motivating passion and a life-long love for music!
Bloom feels strongly that children will develop a love of music when you introduce it to them from the start, and is one of the few music schools in Singapore to offer music for babies through its unique Musikgarten programme. With the belief that all children are musical, teachers act as facilitators in creating opportunities for little ones to explore and grow in a fun musical environment. They also offer a free trial lesson and free assessment for curious mamas who want to learn more.
Do you have a little Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift or Yiruma at home, mama? Or maybe your bub loves to bang on pots and pans! Creative Hearts is the perfect place for kids to develop their musical talents. At Creative Hearts every student is encouraged to develop a unique voice to express and create. Children will learn to improvise on their instrument, write their own tunes and lyrics and even come up with their own dance moves – not just learn by rote! Most importantly, it’s the best time to help them develop a lifelong love for music and the performing arts.
Individual and group classes for all ages are available in singing, songwriting, instruments such as piano, ukulele and cello, as well as music and movement classes for babies and toddlers.
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On top of their fab Suzuki violin, piano and cello programmes, Juzmusic also offers early childhood classes for your tiny tots to learn music the fun way while they’re still crawling! The Juzmusic professional teachers are experts in their areas and receive regular in-house trainings, helping a majority of students to score merits and distinction in the ABRSM music exams. They’ll provide regular parent updates and plenty of opportunities for ensemble playing and performances, so you’ll always be on top of your kiddos’ progress.
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1 Marine Parade Central, #09-04, Parkway Centre, Singapore 449408
163 Tanglin Road, #02-42, Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933
11 Tanjong Katong Road, #02-54, Singapore 437157
Offering music lessons for little ones of all ages, Learn 2 Play Music Academy brings melody through play and lets children learn in a fun way! You’ll find Graded Piano and Violin lessons for kids age 5 and up, and Graded Electric/Acoustic Guitar and Ukulele lessons for students 7 and up. These graded courses will take kiddos from beginners’ level to pro-grade level, with the chance to attain internationally recognised qualifications from ABRSM and Rockschool.
Small group keyboard lessons are also available for kids between 3 and 5 years old. The maximum class size is just 5 students, which means your child will get ample attention to improve and advance their strengths. Plus don’t miss out on their holiday workshops, which cater to bubs as young as 6 months old!
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Any Glee fans out there? This boutique studio’s founders have a strong background in performance and show choir, offering high-quality classes in the fields of not just music, but also arts, drama and dance. Kiddos have a ball building up confidence through singing, dancing and acting (with the opportunity to perform publicly across Singapore and record at in the in-house recording studio), and can take their talents to the next level with certification courses by the London College of Music and the ABRSM in Pop Vocals, Pop Keyboard, Musical Theatre and Classical Piano.
Renowned across the island, this Tanglin Mall stalwart is all about inspiring a love for music in little ones from the very start – they even offer a “Musical Babes” class for newborns! Classes are fun and creative, using rhythm, rhyme, creative play, storytelling, songs from around the world, and dance to give children the space and freedom to explore music’s many wonders. Kiddos in the Young Musicians class (ages 4.5 to 6) get the foundation for more serious pursuits by trying their hands at various instruments while learning the fundamentals of musical notation.
Is there anything prettier and more angelic-sounding than harp music? Specialising in that heavenly instrument, Rave Harps has over 10 years’ experience on the Singapore scene, and can train aspiring harpists from the tender age of 5. Among their biggest success stories is Lee Yun Chai, who joined Rave Harps at age 6 and is now the first Singaporean harpist ever accepted into the world-famous Juilliard School in New York.
Rave Harps Academy, 73 Ubi Road 1 (Oxley Bizhub), #10-63 Singapore 408733 (Access from Lobby 5 or 6)
Tel: (+65) 67021318/8699 8917 (Enquiries on Harp Courses)/97628429 (Enquiries on Harps & Accessories)
[email protected], www.raveharps.com
This leading contemporary music centre has made music accessible to all – from ages 7 to 60 and up, to be exact – and offers a wide array of courses, including guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, drums, ukulele, voice, and cajon, at multiple levels for anyone from beginners to advanced learners. With no more than 8 students per class, Believer Music is all about encouraging a fun learning experience with a wonderful group dynamic. Plus if you’re afraid your kiddo might miss a few classes here and there, the intuitive online member portal allows you to arrange for make-up lessons at no extra cost, letting you attend courses at your convenience without getting left behind.
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Believer Music International Plaza, 10 Anson Road #03-28 Singapore 079903
Believer Music Tampines Plaza, 5 Tampines Central 1 #01-01A Singapore 529541
Believer Music One Commonwealth, 1 Commonwealth Lane #06-05 Singapore 149544
If you’re keen on piano lessons, this is a good one to check out: Cristofori’s been teaching kids how to tickle the ivories in Singapore for more than 35 years, and now offers more than 30 instruction centres across the island. In that time the school’s also grown to offer lessons in guitar, violin, drums, the ukulele, and even church organ!
With convenient locations in both the West and the East, this mama-fave offers fun and easygoing classes for newborns up through age 7. This international programme incorporates song, dance, movement, and lots of exploration and play.
Kindermusik with Love West Studio, Rochester Mall, 35 Rochester Drive, #03-18, Singapore (138639)
Tel: (+65) 6684 8064
East Studio, Katong V Mall, 30 East Coast Road #03-22 Singapore(428751)
Tel: (+65) 6440 8667
Focusing on classical music in particular, Staccato! offers both early music appreciation classes (how cute does “Baby Bach” sound?) and individual instrument instruction in piano, violin and drums. And it’s not just for kids, mama! Adults are welcome, too.
Under the leadership of internationally acclaimed Singaporean violinist Min Lee, Wolfgang Violin Studio offers lessons for children starting from the age of 3, right on up through adults. We love that their introductory “Baby Beats” class is parent-accompanied, with an emphasis on a foundation of listening, singing, clapping, tapping and movement.
Wolfgang Violin Studio UE Square, 81A Clemenceau Avenue, #02-24 and #02-26 Singapore 239917
Tel: (+65) 6732 0138
Among Singapore’s most popular music schools with locations all across the island, Yamaha (in affiliation with the renowned instrument company) offers instruction in piano, guitar, and drums. They also offer a fun introduction to music class for toddlers starting from age 2.
Lead image courtesy of Aureus Academy. Brought to you in partnership with Presto Studios, Musical Voyage, Aureus Academy, Belcanto Violins, Bloom School of Music & Arts, Creative Hearts, Juzmusic Academy, Learn 2 Play Music Academy, MADDSpace, Our Music Studio and Rave Harps Academy.