“We teach music because we are in the life-saving business.  We are here to enhance and ennoble the lives of our students through involvement with the musical art.  We are in the business of creating artists, young artists, who can sit at the piano, lose themselves in sound and expression, and change their lives and the lives of their listeners.”
Marvin Blickenstaff 
Piano Pedagogy Teachers Conference Details:
Date:                Monday, 7 May 2018

Time:                10am – 5pm

Venue:       Yamaha Music Salon

301 Upper Thomson Road #03-24 Thomson Plaza

Singapore 574408

Conference Fees:                $150 per person

Early Bird Registration:  $120 from now till 2 April, 2018
Group Discount:           $100 per person (minimum 5 participants)

Closing Date:   Registration Forms MUST reach us by 30 April, 2018.

Who is Piano Pedagogy Teachers Conference for?
  • Piano Teachers, private or with a music school.

What is Piano Pedagogy Teachers Conference about?

  • An opportunity for piano teachers to gather to learn and grow.
  • A networking session for Piano Teachers to get to know the community.
  • To rejuvenate one's teaching with fresh and new ideas.
  • To know what is the latest books, methods and ideas in the market.


Piano Pedagogy Teachers Conference Program:

Registration of Participants

Opening Keynote Address by Event Organiser

Talk 1
Soft Launch of Theory Explorer book 1, second edition
‘A Child’s First Encounter with Music Theory’

Speaker: Ms. Dorothy Chia, M.M, Piano Pedagogy & Performance


Talk 2
‘Motivating Young Children’

Speaker: Ms. Wendy Choh, MA, Educational Psychology


Talk 3
Lecture cum Recital:  ‘Unlocking the Secrets of Beethoven’s Last 3 Piano Sonatas’
“Many pianists and musicians alike recognize the profundity and spirituality of Beethoven’s last 3 piano sonatas. Yet, what makes them unique in the genre of the Classical Sonata? How exactly are these sonatas spiritual? And how can understanding these sonatas help us in our understanding of the music and person of Beethoven? As a performer, researcher and educator, I aim to produce a holistic approach to playing these works, and in the process found that a deeper understanding of these pieces has tremendously affected my view on Beethoven. This lecture-recital will present a unique approach in using our musical toolbox to explore a richer meaning behind these sonatas. In this way, we as performers, teachers, and music lovers will enhance our musical appreciation as we experience these masterpieces of art.”
Speaker: Azariah Tan, DMA, Piano Performance


Panel Discussion
‘Keeping Up With Changes In the Piano Teaching Profession’

“The piano teaching scene has evolved. Parents have new demands. Children are starting out in learning the piano at a younger age. There are more and more young piano teachers joining the profession. What can we do as Independent Piano Teachers to keep up with this accelerated pace of change?”

Ms. Dorothy Chia, MM, Music Educator

Panel Members:
Mr. Azariah Tan, DMA, Music Educator
Ms. Emily Woo, BMus; Post Grad Dip. Ed, Music Educator

Closing Address by Event Organiser & Lucky Draw


Event Organiser:

Ms. Dorothy Chia, MM (Music Educator)
Dorothy Chia is the owner of Forte Music Training. Her business provides teacher training, piano lessons and music publishing. She has over 20 years of piano teaching experience and has taught at various institutions of higher learning including Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Temasek Polytechnic and Yamaha Academy. She is the author of Piano Pedagogy- The Questions & The Answers and Theory Explorer books 1 & 2. Dorothy was the winner of the 1992 DH Baldwin Fellowship (USA).Dorothy obtained her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Michigan. She also holds a BA in Music from the College of St. Catherine; CTabrsm; LTCL and ATCL in piano performance. 

Distinguished Guests:

Dr. Azariah Tan, DMA (Music Educator)
Azariah Tan, graduated with a Doctor in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from University of Michigan. From the same university, he obtained two Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance and in Chamber Music. His first degree (honours) was from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Azariah has been a recipient of several prestigious awards and prizes, and has performed both locally and internationally. He has also worked with eminent pianists around the world.In 2014, he was named “Honoree” in the Ten Outstanding Young People Singapore, in recognition of the inspirational role he exemplifies for others.

Ms. Wendy Choh, MA (Educational Psychologist)
An ex-founder of Planet Learning Centre, Ms. Wendy Choh has been working with children, especially those with special needs for more than 20 years. This Senior Educational Psychologist is a consultant in various organisations including My Inspiring Special Education Hub, Singapore Disability Sports Council and Singapore Pro Sports Academy. She has always been passionate about working with individuals with special needs, specializing in behavioural management and psychoeducational therapy.
Wendy holds a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and a Diploma in Special Education from the Nanyang Technological University. She obtained her Bachelor in Applied Science in Mass Communications and Psychology from the Simon Fraser University.

Ms. Emily Woo, BMus, DipEd (post grad) (Music Educator)
Emily Woo was a music scholar to France on a PSC Overseas Merit scholarship accorded by the Public Service Commission and the French Government. At the ‘L’Institut Catholique University’ in Paris, Emily studied the piano with Madam Christiane Drouillet and amongst other course modules, she also studied the Orff-Kodaly pedagogy with the Hungarian teacher Sister Marie-Cecile Kiss. 

Emily has taught at St. Nicholas Girls School and Lycee Francais de Singapour. Her accomplishments include singing and choral conducting. Emily is the author of My First Book of Great Composers and My Second Book of Great Composers.