We are ever so proud of our many high achieving students who have grown into outstanding individuals. Beyond achieving that Grade 8 and/or piano diplomas, they have continued to contribute to society in so many wonderful ways. This page features some of our former students.... if you would just like to know where some of them have arrived!
18th September 2015, in celebration of national piano month, Stephanie gave a pleasant surprise as she posted on Facebook:
The piano has been a huge part of my life, especially for my first 25 years. It was more than just practising the keyboard, attending lessons, performing at recitals, and taking nerve-wrecking exams, but about developing the attitude of putting your heart, soul and mind into something in order to reach your dreams. And the person most crucial in this music journey has been my mentor and former piano teacher, Ms Josephine Koh, who demonstrated by example to my teenage self what passion, conviction and commitment meant, and who taught me to focus on honing my own skills and not be limited by what others could or could not attain when pursuing my goals. Never mind there might have been an unspoken quota on the number of people passing the LRSM annually. Never mind no one had yet passed the FRSM/piano in SG back in 2005.
While I am not actively playing the piano today (resources in YGN are limited), my experiences with the piano still deeply influence my professional and personal attitudes. It reminds me that in this development world that I'm committed to, with the multiplicity of agencies and partners promoting an array of programmes and activities, focusing on enhancing the technical relevance and responsiveness of our work is the sustainable, value-adding way forward.
Juliet The Currently studying Medical Sciences at the Edinburgh University (UK) wrote on Facebook on 29th September 2015:
I never forgot how I was first introduced to this piece, and it has never left the music box in my head. Ms Josephine Koh thank you. (Arthur Rubinstein's rendition of Brahms' Intermezzo No. 2 in A major, Op. 118).
Carmen Lee Graduated from University College London (UK). A lawyer by profession, she wrote an email on 6th Oct 2013:
Dear Ms Koh,
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you very much for the excellent piano lessons and musical influence you exercised when I was studying under you. It had a great impact on me as I grew to appreciate classical music and attended many concerts while living in the UK and now back in Singapore. My husband also incidentally had the same background - studied piano, went to UK and also enjoys going to classical concerts - we share a love for classical and jazz and served together in church music ministry. We just went to watch Stephen Hough when he was in S'pore (he played this super, super beautiful nocturne by Paderewski for his encore) and enjoyed a spectacular Mahler symphony by the LPO in London some weeks back.
So thank you very much for instilling this affinity for classical music in me, I still fondly remember the pieces you taught - the Beethoven variations, Liszt's La Campanella, the Chopin nocturnes etc - and the confidence you had in your students. Thank you for being a passionate and encouraging teacher.