(Testimony from the parent of an outstanding candidate who has been chosen by the exam board to perform in the high scorer concert in Singapore.)
“Within 1.5 years learning with Teacher Nilda, Charmaine has progressed from a Grade 1 student to a Grade 4 student with a distinction in piano in this year’s ABRSM exam; and within 6 months of coaching from Teacher Maoi, she has attained high distinction for her Grade 3 Vocal.
We credit both teachers for their keen sense of understanding on how to engage my daughter and retain her interest at the early stage. As a result, now playing piano and singing have become her entertainment, her outlet and her passion.
Both teachers have taught her not only specific techniques and music theory, but also encouraged her personal creativity.” ~ Cindy
Story from Sophie’s Mum (Testimony from the parent of a visually impaired child)
“You may not think much about it: an 11-year-old girl, scoring 142 in a grade one exam. But my daughter is visually impaired. Had she been 6 years younger, we may have a violin prodigy in our midst.
Many people have the misconception that having a visual impairment means that the other senses, especially hearing, would be greatly enhanced… Unfortunately, this is far from the truth…You have to teach them how to listen… we started our daughter on the violin only when she was 9… Rather late, compared to most of your children here…
It took me nearly 4 years of searching before we found Uncle Chris here. Everyone else had, on hearing about her disability, shrugged us off, one even claimed it would be impossible to teach her since she can’t see notes!
Chris admitted openly he’s never taught anyone with a visual impairment… His openness and honesty warmed my heart. Not many people can claim they’ve taught visually impaired children the violin, and there isn’t a fool-proof method either… It has taken a lot of patience and trial and error, but Chris was willing to work together with us…
You may think… that my daughter is one of those highly motivated and disciplined learners. Well, she’s quite your normal child, fun-loving, and dreading hard work… Before you go on to think I’m a ‘super-motivator’ mum, I’m not! I didn’t pressurise her to practise, but I did remind her that she would disappoint Uncle Chris and Teacher Nilda if she did badly in the exams…
I guess credit for success undoubtedly must go to Chris and Teacher Nilda, and all at Magic Fiddler, for making learning music such an enjoyable experience…”~Madam Lee Lay Hong
Story from Zoe’s Mum
(Testimony from the parent of a child who switched back to Magic Fiddler after a year)
“Zoe attended the special beginner class in Magic Fiddler since 2009, and made excellent progress with distinction achievement. Subsequently, she asked to follow her friend to another music school.
A year later, we come back to Magic Fiddler again… She realised… Magic Fiddler has a very dedicated, passionate and loving teacher who is always there for her. This year, Zoe scored flying colours for her Grade 3 [Distinction 140/150] again…” ~ Elsie