Ms. Lin Shumei, Head of Piano in the Flute & Music Academy has specialized in the Music Elective Programme for students from 12 – 18 years old. She studied Piano with Professor Michael Young from the Royal Academy of Music while completing her graduation in music from King’s College, London. She also completed her LRSM in Piano Performing while studying in London.
Up till today, she still finds great joy in sharing, learning and working with students in music. She hopes her students would find the same joy in music as she always did.
Taking time out from her hectic schedule, Ms. Shumei was generous enough to chat with us on her Music Academy and the effect of music lessons on a child’s life.
- What is the right age for a child to begin music lessons at Flute & Music Academy?
A child can begin most instrument lessons at our center as young as 4.5 years old. We are also the only one in Singapore to provide the Kinder Wind program to teach flute, clarinet and saxophone to children starting from 4.5 years old.
- How much and how often should a child practice in order to perfect their skill?
From our experience, we recommend regular practices of 15 minutes to 30 minutes for beginners. It should not exceed two days gap between the practices. As your child progresses, the general rule of thumb is to increase 5 minutes per grade for each practice sessions. Should the practice fall under the recommended duration, then you might expect much slower progression of your child.
- Are recitals or performance opportunities available at Flute & Music Academy?
Absolutely! As the teachers at FAMA are all active performers, we encourage our students to give regular performances to showcase their talent. Besides our annual concert, we have performed at the Esplanade Concourse, the Marine Parade National Library and the Mountbatten Community Club. For those taking examinations, you will always be invited to give a pre-examination recital in the examination room too.
- Is it true that music lessons will make my child confident?
To build confidence in your child, we encourage your child to perform for others as often as possible. Besides the opportunities at FAMA, you can also organize family concert for your child at home by inviting family members and friends. With regular performances and proper guidance of the instrument, music lessons will build your child’s confidence.
- How does taking music lessons and playing musical instruments help a child?
Besides building confidence, learning a musical instrument enables a child to learn about patience and perseverance. FAMA also encourages ensemble playing and that builds the team skill in your child as well. This is an important life skill. It is also scientifically proven by many researchers that children who play musical instruments have better mathematical and language abilities.
FAMA has several opportunities for all age groups. Join their passionate practitioners to inculcate the musical ethics in your child. It is sure to aide your child in learning about the nuances of the musical instrument they are playing and will surely make them passionate about it.