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Teachers & Recruitment

We operate with the mission of offering first class music education to our students. In order to achieve this, our highly talented and committed teachers will offer their best to you. We are also on the lookout for proficient teachers in violin, piano, flute, cello, viola and oboe to join our skilled family in Singapore. Here are some of our existing teachers’ qualifications and teaching experience:

Zhao Xiao Dan
(Principal of Praise Music Academy, Piano & Oboe Teacher)


Mr. Zhao graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore (YSTCM), with a Bachelor’s Degree of Music under a full scholarship majoring in Piano and Oboe. During his study in YSTCM, he achieved an honorable mention in his chamber music and solo recitals. He also played principal oboe position of YST Symphony Orchestra. Meanwhile, he performed on various occasions as a freelance for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and various other orchestras around the region. He was the first Chinese invited to join MPO.

Previously, Mr. Zhao obtained Performance Diploma from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with full scholarships under Anthony Camden, the London Symphony Orchestra’s principal oboe, founder of the London Virtuosi and a gifted administrator, in 2001. Mr. Zhao was highly regarded for his musical talent from Anthony Camden. He also studied master classes in the Vienna Conservatory of Music from 2003-2004.

Between 2009 & 2011, he was invited to be principal oboe of Guang Zhou Symphony Orchestra and performed the concert series in Hong Kong, Australia and Macao.


Carl James Casten
(Viola, Violin, Cello, Guitar, Ukulele & Keyboard Teacher)

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Carl studied Bachelor of Music Major in Viola at University of Santo Tomas in Manila under Mr. Processo Yusi and was also given privilege to be taught by a great teacher and ABSCBN Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Violist, Mr. Rodel Noreli E. Lorenzo.

Because of his God-given talent, Carl was exposed to different music genres and volunteered to his church at Every Nation Church. He became member of different show bands and orchestras in the Philippines such as FilharmoniKa (now ABSCBN Philharmonic Orchestra) under the Musical Direction of Mr. Gerard Salonga, and was able to travel to different parts of Asia and United States of America.

He’s blessed with opportunities as music teacher here in Singapore where he developed his coaching career to various age of students.


Jack Lin (Violin Teacher)


A dynamic and multi-faceted musician, Jack Lin, has performed across the globe, lectured, taught, and written about music. Originally from Australia, he studied violin under the eminent Australian violinist Paul Wright, a former protégé of the late Yehudi Menuhin. Mr. Lin completed his studies at the University of Western Australia, and further training at Indiana University and Towson University in the United States at the Master’s level.

Jack has performanced in solo recitals, chamber and orchestral performances in the Unites States, Australia, Asia, and Europe. He has worked with noted groups as Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra (USA), Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Orfeo Festival Orchestra (Italy), Fremantle Chamber Orchestra (Australia), National Music Festival (USA), Singapore Festival Orchestra, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, West Australian Philharmonic, West Australian Youth Orchestra, Re-mix with Mr. Foo Say Ming, and the Peabody Opera Studio. Mr. Lin is also an avid conductor, and has worked with several groups in America, Australia and Asia, including his former group, Baltimore Camerata, as Music Director.

As a writer and academic, Mr. Lin has written published several articles for Musical journals in the United States, including Strings Magazine and the Conductor’s Guild of America. Recently, he collaborated with award-winning composer Chen Zhangyi on two chamber operas as librettist in Laksa Cantata (2013) and Window Shopping (2014). As a teacher, Jack has also lectured at Towson University in music history, guest lectured (and conductor) at the Anglo-Chinese School Independent (Singapore), Corpus Christi Catholic College (Australia), and formerly as the Violin Chair at the Excelsis Music Academy (Australia). Other engagements include working with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and with the late Maestro Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival in June-July 2012. Currently, he is working for a management firm, and deals with artists and projects for touring across the Asia-Pacific region.

Jack is well liked by both students and parents for his infectious enthusiasm when conducting his violin lessons, and dedication in imparting his music skills to his students.


John Chen Dong (Piano Teacher)

John is an accomplished pianist who received his systematic conservatory training from Xi’an and Beijing, China. At age of 15, John gave his first memorable public recital. He came from a musical family, with an oboist father and an opera singer mother. His auntie (mother’s sister) gave him first piano lesson, Zhang Xinan was his mentor for 10 years. John has also taken lessons from renown pianists-pedagogues including Paul Badura-Skoda from Austria, Pan Yi Ming, Zhou Guang Ren and Liu Shi Kun from China.

Between 1996 and 1999, the former SSO Maestro Choo Hoey invited John to perform on various occasions with Singapore Symphony Orchestra. John was granted citizenship for his musical talents and has been teaching piano since 1993. John is known to be one of the strict and dedicated piano teachers in Singapore, and he will continue to nurture local talents.


Katy Fan (Piano Teacher)

Katy obtained Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and studied music performance under renowned Hong Kong pianist and music educator, Dr. Fang Chair Siu Wan. She has been a part time piano teacher in Hong Kong for ten years. She taught privately and also in music schools.

Currently based in Singapore, Katy is passionately working on piano teaching and event organization for the school. She is patient and friendly, her students can have a fun and pleasant experience with her in the class.


Li Lulu (Piano Teacher)

Li Lulu started her music education on the piano at the age of six. From 1992-1997, she took the grade examinations in distinctions and won a numerous youth piano competitions, such as Honorable mention in “Hai Li Bei” Youth Piano Competition in 1998, “Strauss” Piano Competition in 1997, “Hua Pu Bei” National Youth Piano Competition in 1995, the same year, she won second prize in “Pearl River” Youth Piano Competition.

In 1997, Lulu received the full-scholarship to studied at Wuhan Conservatory of music, meanwhile, she attended numerous master classes, performances, piano accompaniments and chamber music in Wuhan. In 2002, Lulu successfully obtained the full scholarship to invited attend performances in a music festival in America and obtained the distinctive appraisement.

In 2006, Lulu studied the music performance in Diploma at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts under Rena Phua. During her study in NAFA, she achieved an honorable mention in Music Essentials Piano Concerto Competition in 2006 and Lucien Wang Piano Competition in 2009, she also performed in the many of public concerts like Music Platforms, Concert series include Masterpieces, Winning Keys… and even Evening Concerts. Lulu also received master classes by Professor. Lee Kum Sing, Dennis Lee, Toh Chee Hung, Steven Dalvage. Meanwhile, she also participated in frequently of NAFA’s chorus at Lee Foundation Theater, Esplanade Concert Hall and Victoria Concert Hall, the choir performances include Puccini’s Turandot, Mozart’s Opera and Bizet’s Rara Opera……

In 2009, Lulu successfully graduated a Diploma in Music Performance at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and was awarded the Lee Foundation Grant in this year. In May of 2010, she graduated a Bachelor’s degree in piano Performance from University of Wales at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.

A young and energetic teacher, many students have scored Distinction under her tutelage.


Niena Puang (Piano Teacher)

Mrs Niena has taught for the last 19 years, educating children from as young as 4 years old. Mrs. Niena was among the first batch of graduates from Boston University (Singapore Campus), where she studied under Professor John Sharpley.


Marcus Tay (Flute Teacher)

Marcus, a native of Singapore, started learning the piano at the age of 8. He started learning the flute at the age of 11 and studied with Jin Ta (Principal Flute, Singapore Symphony Orchestra) and Evgueni Brokmiller (Associate Principal Flute, Singapore Symphony Orchestra). While still studying in the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, he was offered Principal Flute position of the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009. As an active musician, Marcus freelances and tours with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO). Other ensembles and orchestras that he has worked with include the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Korean National Opera, Singapore Lyric Opera, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and The Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore.


Robert Choi (Cello Teacher)

Robert was the Principal Cellist in the Southwest German Philharmonic, Euregio Symphony Orchestra, and the Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic. Between August 2005 & May 2006, Robert occupied a 3rd Chair (Fixed) Cello position within the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Robert holds a Master Degree of Music from the Eastman School of Music. His teaching experience dates back to 1990.


Vincent Wong (Piano Teacher)

Graduated from Royal Welsh College of music and drama with a music degree, majoring in piano pedagogy, with 16 years of teaching experience. Under tutelage of ABRSM examiners- James Kirby and Michael Young. A holder of DipABRSM and LTCL in piano performance as well. Dedicated his life in teaching and has helped a lots of students excelled in their exams, both practical and theory.

Well liked by both pupils and parents for his gentle and patient demeanor, as well as his infectious enthusiasm and dedication to impact his musical knowledge to the pupils. His teaching career has been reflected in a number of his pupils successfully following careers as music teachers.

He strongly believes that the adoption of simultaneous learning, a method initiated by a well known music educator, Paul Harris, is highly essential in providing a fun, flexible and creative learning approaches for young pupils, by making connections between repertoire, theory and aural, which cultivates a broad, holistic and comprehensive musical education.


Recruitment

We make an effort to grow locally as well as regionally and recruit throughout the year, looking out for the perfect candidate with the right mix of attitude and aptitude.

Partnership and franchise opportunities abound for the right candidate. Candidates should possess a minimum Diploma in Music from an established institution and 2 years of teaching experience. If you meet the above criteria and are passionate about music education, we would like to hear from you! Please send your resume to us by email at michael@praisemusicschool.com