SPARK NURTURE ENABLE

We are a circle of music lovers, driven by a common passion

The Music Circle is a music education collective established with a vision to build a strong community of music lovers, and to make a positive difference in children’s lives.

The team shares a common passion to pique the curiosity of young minds and inspire them to reach their full potential through shared experiences in music. Our educators work closely together to provide effective and innovative programmes. Parents and students are all actively involved in our vibrant learning community as we hope to spark the family’s lifelong journey with music.

About TMC
About TMC
WHAT WE CARE ABOUT
Join us in a lifelong journey with music.

Musical learning can be a stepping-stone for wider development in children’s lives. It can build character, enrich their experiences and help them reach their full potential in all aspects of life.

Our programmes and curriculum are meticulously crafted beyond musical aspects. Parents and students, are constantly involved and engaged as part of the learning community, as we hope to guide and inspire families to join us in enjoying a lifelong journey with music.

OUR VALUES

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Togetherness

We believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Learning and working together as a team makes for a far more enriching experience for everyone who participates in this circle.

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Thirst for Knowledge

We value knowledge and want to propagate this thirst for learning with others.

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Generosity in Sharing

There is openness in the way we collaborate as a team. We work together to share our knowledge, but also to learn from others.

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Inventiveness

We find new ways to teach and learn. We are always interested in new ideas and using technology to make the learning experience better and more effective.

Inclusiveness

We believe that everyone should experience the joy and benefits of music. We create opportunities to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy music and feel a sense of belonging in the music circle.

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Respect

We are enriched by the diversity of views that enable us to improve and innovate. We value everyone’s ideas and respect each other’s points of view.

MEET THE TEAM

Clarence

Clarence Yap

Director

Clarence is a music entrepreneur driven by his passion to make a positive impact on music in Singapore. As Head of Music Programming at Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay till 2015, he helped to define the national arts centre’s musical heart for 8 years. He worked with his team of Programmers to provide a range of music experiences for Singapore audiences, from the Mosaic Music Festival and Baybeats to daily free performances at the Esplanade. Working with talents from around the world inspired him to play a part in developing Singaporean musicians, and he has set out to draw on his arts management experience towards this goal.

Clarence started The Music Circle with like-minded music educators to introduce innovative approaches to music education. He works with the teaching team to create a warm and nurturing learning environment, so that every TMC student can truly enjoy a lifelong journey with music. He also co-founded Foundation Music LLP with fellow music industry colleagues to help propel exceptional Singapore talents to the international stage, and develop viable careers for them.

Managing Director
Clarence Yap
Dr. Tang Tee Tong

Tang Tee Tong; DMA Violin Performance

Artistic Director, Head of Strings

Dr. Tang Tee Tong, Artistic Director of TMC, is a devoted violin pedagogue with more than ten years of teaching experience. Dr. Tee recently graduated with a Doctoral of Music Arts degree in Violin Performance and was named the Outstanding Graduate of Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Her violin pedagogy and teaching philosophy has been highly influenced by her wonderful teachers and mentors, Dr. Jonathan Swartz, Prof Andres Cardenes, Dr. Margaret Schmidt, Dr. Lina Bahn, Foo Say Ming, Leslie Tan and Lim Soon Lee. She has also learnt from music educators such as Mimi Zweig, Brenda Brenner, Sherry Sinift and Rebecca Henry from the Violin Teacher’s Retreat at Indiana University and Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Conference. Tee has also received Suzuki teacher training with Mr William Starr, former President of Suzuki Association of Americas.

Tee’s teaching approach is also shaped by her teaching experiences as well as in-depth exploration of other pedagogy and music education methods. Recognizing that every student blossoms in a unique way and possesses distinct learning styles, interests and strengths, Tee organized her pedagogy into a doctoral research paper “Violin Curriculum Incorporating Visual, Aural and Kinesthetic Perceptual Learning Modalities” which she has been adapted for her teaching in Singapore. Tee believes that weaker modalities in students cannot be neglected and needs to be strengthened through modality strengths to prevent a child’s violin learning from stagnating in future.

As a music educator, Tee seeks to work with her students and their parents to create a musical environment for her students that encourage the lifelong love of music.
She believes that music education helps build character, elevate self-esteem and confidence, as well as cultivates discipline and eagerness for excellence.

Artistic Director, Head of Strings
Dr. Tang Tee Tong

Clarissa Lim

Violin Academy

Clarissa graduated with a Second Upper Bachelor of Music Degree from the Royal Academy of Music, and is also an alumnus of the Wells Cathedral School, a specialist music school in Somerset, England. During her time in London, Clarissa studied with Sophie Langdon, Gabrielle Painter and Leland Chen. Previous teachers include Catherine Lord and Lynette Lim.

She has played in various chamber groups, such as a clarinet quintet, quartets and duos, and is currently part of The Tee Trio. The trio has performed across England as Young Artists and noteworthy performances include, the prestigious St James Piccadilly Church (London), as well as a music series in Wolfson College, Cambridge. They have also been awarded prestigious scholarships to study with Thomas Ades in the International Musicians’ Seminar Prussia Cove 2018 and The Cadenza Music Course 2018. The Tee Trio has also performed a series of concerts in Singapore, including at the national arts centre Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in August 2019.

Clarissa has also played with orchestras in both London and Singapore. To name a few are
The London Mahler Orchestra, Arch Sinfonia, Young Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra, ADDO Orchestra and The Young Musicians’ Foundation Orchestra. She has been honoured to have worked under the tutelage of Semyon Bychkov, Ed Gardner, Sir Mark Elder, Christopher Adey, Christopher Warren-Green and the late Oliver Knussen.

Currently pursuing her teaching Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, Clarissa enjoys teaching and sharing her passion and knowledge of music with others. She believes that
everyone should experience music at some point of their lives and that it is a great benefit to
the mind and soul. She also has a strong interest in interdisciplinary art and is working with Lumia researcher, Trent Kim, to create audio/visual virtual reality works.

Besides all things music and violin related, Clarissa is also passionate about baking, cooking, handicrafts and bird keeping. She spends her days off reading and knitting, as well as bonding with her budgie. Her dream is to eventually retire on a ranch.

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Clarissa Lim

Zephany Hoe

Piano Academy

Zephany graduated with a Second Upper Bachelor of Music Degree from the Royal College of Music in London, majoring in Piano Performance. She studied under Professor Gordon Fergus-Thompson.

While in London, she gained invaluable teaching experience tutoring students of a wide age and ability range, from young children to adults. She was also regularly engaged as a music workshop facilitator in schools across London, an experience which sparked her love for community engagement projects.

Zephany has a heart for building communities, and served as a Piano Tutor at the Tri-borough Music Hub, a centre aimed at providing a holistic programme in music learning for young children living in neighbouring boroughs. Apart from piano lessons, she supported the choir, percussion ensemble and creative ensemble (focusing on improvisation, composition and music-making without notation).

With her interest in music history, she worked with local musicians and composers to archive Singapore music and organised concerts at the Esplanade as part of the Project IDIOM team supported by The Future of Our Pasts: History Reimagined programme hosted by Yale-NUS College.

Zephany believes that every child is unique and special, and can bring something to the world of music no one else can. She looks forward to sharing every musical journey with her students, and guiding them to find love and passion for music in their own ways.

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Zephany Hoe

Chan Su Yin; DMA Violin Performance

Violin Academy

Su Yin Chan, D.M.A. (Boston University, 2020), enjoys a diverse musical career as a performer and educator. As an educator, Dr. Chan has had over 10 years of experience teaching students, ranging from young children, to college students, to adults wanting to jump start their musical journey. As a violin and viola instructor at Sharon Music Academy in Massachusetts, she has taught a number of young children, many of whom have received recognition in various competitive and performing arenas, such as winning top prizes in Crescendo International Competitions and Little Mozart competitions, as well as successfully auditioning for State and District Orchestra Festivals.

As part of an education initiative with Palaver Strings, Dr. Chan has led workshops on effective musical practice as well as chamber music communication skills in local music programs in the Boston and Rockport public schools. As a graduate teaching assistant at Boston University, she helped teach and guide string technique sessions for the undergraduate class of Professor Bayla Keyes.

A graduate of DePaul and Boston Universities, she has performed on international stages such as the Chicago Symphony Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Boston Symphony Hall, Tokyo Opera City, and Seoul Arts Center.

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Dr. Chan Su Yin

Moegi Amano

Piano Academy | Early Childhood

Moegi Amano graduated with a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of Anton Nel.
During her studies, she discovered the love of teaching the next generation of musicians. She served as one of the teachers of the Piano Project at UT Austin where she taught private piano lessons to young children. Her interest in piano pedagogy led her to write the article, “Where to Begin,” published in the 2021 autumn edition of the Piano Magazine, which explores the process of teaching a new piece.

As a performer, Moegi has received high ratings in music festivals, been selected as a finalist in the Ars Nova International Piano Competition, and won first prize in the Nilsson Piano Competition. She also enjoys collaborating with others. In addition to regularly accompanying instrumentalists and singers, she participates in many chamber groups. A highlight of her career includes being the pianist for Asian Memory Project, a project that focuses on sharing Asian culture and heritage through multimedia concerts.

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Moegi Amano

Caerissa Tung

Early Childhood | Piano Academy

Caerissa Tung is a dedicated music educator, with a broad spectrum of pedagogical training. and over five years of experience teaching in a variety of classroom settings. After graduating with a Masters in Music Pedagogy and Piano Performance from University of Science, Malaysia, she earned her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Nottingham. She also holds Kodály Level 1 as well as Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 certification.

Caerissa believes that all students have the ability to succeed through a holistic learning journey to find their voice, their art and themselves. She brings to The Music Circle team her experience working with children of all ages, along with her pedagogical expertise shaped by her commitment to training. With her ability to draw on different methodologies, she will enable students to discover and express themselves creatively.

Early Childhood | Piano Academy
Caerissa Tung

Fu Jinxia, Lauren

Piano Academy

Fu Jinxia recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the Royal College of Music-Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts programme. Jinxia embarked on her musical journey with the piano at the tender age of 5. After earning her Licentiate of Trinity College London Diploma in Music Performance in 2015, she decided to pursue music at a higher level at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She is currently under the tutelage of Ms Lena Ching.

Fuelled by her passion for music, Jinxia picked up other instruments along the way, serving as a percussionist in her schools’ concert bands, and is currently an active member of the Soka New Century Orchestra.

With her heart for the community and under served, she aspired to grow as a music educator, music therapist and performer.

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Fu Jinxia. Lauren

OUR PARTNERS

It takes a village to raise a child, and probably more to develop musicians!

Building our learning community is a labour of love, and we believe that we would not be able to do so without working with partners who share our heart for children, passion for craft and who are just all round lovely people!

Music Warehouse

Great Performances deserve Great Sound – Music Warehouse provides musical equipment and sound systems for events, performances and musicians.

National University of Singapore Alumni Orchestra

The National University of Singapore Alumni Orchestra (NAO) is the official alumni orchestra of the NUS Symphony Orchestra (NUSSO). NAO comprises a dedicated group of NUSSO alumni who strongly believe in the NUSSO vision of bringing music to the community and allowing people to enjoy classical music.

Super Skinny

The makers of SuperSkinny shares a collective architecture and interior design background. Despite being a young firm, they form an extensive portfolio from projects of large scale hotel to small commercial projects. SuperSkinny prides in play and harmony of complimentary aesthetic palettes.

Little Day Out

Little Day Out is a Singapore-based digital media publisher of news and resources on the best of Singapore for families with young children.

Arc Children’s Centre

Arc makes the families’ journeys meaningful. It provides them a chance to escape from their confined environments, not only for the children to learn useful skills.

National Arts Council

The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, our diverse and distinctive arts inspire our people, connect communities and profile Singapore internationally.

THE VENUES

We have designed our home to be conducive and reflective of The Music Circle’s learning community concept.

The Instrumental Academies are housed in dedicated spaces designed with different needs that are particular to each discipline. Operable walls open up to increase interaction across the school, but also to create spaces for different programmes, including workshops, masterclasses and performances.

Our Venues

The Studio

This studio room is used for group classes, ensemble practice and small workshops.

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Piano Studio

This room doubles as a stage for used for performances and also houses our Yamaha C1 Baby Grand Piano.

Our Venues

Strings Studio

A room dedicated to the learning of string instruments. Full sized mirrors and acoustics designed to maintain the brightness of the instrument, while ensuring clarity of sound.

Our Venues

TMC Recital Space

Our Piano Academy, TMC Studio and Living area combine to create a performance space suitable for recitals, masterclasses and events.

TMC Community Cafe

A communal space where students, parents and teachers can interact over refreshments, and have access to TMC’s library of music resources
and books.