Wall of Fame: Nicholas Quek
郭威胜 目前就读于新加坡国立大学医学系，也是一名新加坡国立大学奖学金得主。他自幼热爱音乐，不只弹得一手好古筝和钢琴，也善于作曲。他在英国皇家音乐学院（ABRSM）的各级别考试中，都获得优异殊荣, 也成功考获英国皇家音乐学院钢琴演奏级文凭。他在2006年荣获青年钢琴家中级组比赛一等奖。 郭威胜也是南洋艺术学院少儿艺术高才班的学生，由尹群老师指导古筝。他是2010年新加坡华乐比赛古筝青年组亚军和2012年的青年组冠军得主，并多次获 得国际古筝比赛金奖，也考获了中央音乐学院分级考试古筝演奏级文凭。他是2013年的本杰明-南艺少儿艺术学校音乐比赛的总冠军；2013年的新加坡华乐 团作曲家工作坊上也发表了他的室内乐作品，《旋舞》。他为双簧管创作的曲子也在2014年 “我们Women” 的 “十九年” 展览会上演出。
Nicholas Quek Wei Sheng is currently an undergraduate at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He is a recipient of the NUS Performing and Visual Arts Scholarship, and he has been passionate about music since young. In addition to composing music, he plays both the piano and guzheng, and was tutored at Music LifeStyle Academy for piano. Besides attaining multiple distinctions in the ABRSM Graded Examinations for piano, he has also achieved his ABRSM Diploma in Piano Performance. He was the First Prize winner in the Intermediate Category of the Young Pianist Competition in 2006. Nicholas is also a student of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts School of Young Talents (NAFA SYT) programme, learning guzheng under the tutelage of Mdm Yin Qun. In the Guzheng Youth Category of the National Chinese Music Competition, he was the first runner-up in 2010 and the champion in 2012. He has achieved his Diploma in Guzheng Performance from the Central Conservatory of Music Chinese Instrument Grading Examinations and won many accolades in guzheng competitions both local and abroad, including the First Prize of the F J Benjamin – NAFA School of Young Talents Music Competition in 2013. His ensemble work, “Round Dance”, was premiered at the Singapore Chinese Orchestra Composer Workshop in 2013, and his solo work for oboe, “chirrup”, was premiered at the “19 Years” exhibition at Wo Men Women 2014.
As the name suggests, Music LifeStyle has taught me that learning never stops when it comes to music. Pursuing music is a lifelong journey and it has become a very important part of my life. With qualified and friendly teachers, Music Lifestyle provides students like me with a conducive and supportive environment to grow as a musician. I was also provided with opportunities to perform publicly at Music Lifestyle’s annual recitals which left me with fond memories and an inspiration to work harder. I would like to thank my teacher, for her patience and guidance over the years.
(Alfred Joshua’s Father)
Alfred found music as a great company. He requested to learn music when he was 3 years old. Without doubt, we sent him to start learning music. That time, he started with simple music instrument, such as cymbals, maraccas, etc. Indeed this period stimulated him to dip into knowing more notes and tunes, harmony and rhymes. Alfred was born with a congenital hands, he does not have a complete long fingers. But he tried his best to adjust his fingers while playing the music. Through the patience of the teachers to fine tune with his music playing, directing him in such a way, teaching him the necessary technique within his condition, he is now able to present beautiful music parts and chords. Now as parents, we are so proud of him and glad when every time listening to the pieces he plays. We also enjoy the music together with him. As he continues his music journey with the MUSIC LIFESTYLE, it really inspires Alfred to further his motivation in music. Being exposed to the new features of music and experiences. Music Lifestyle has also groomed him to a positive motivation and have himself realized that it needs discipline, and practice makes perfect. Being involved in several exhibitions also help him to become more confident to explore his talent in playing the piano. Most of all, our great thanks to all the teachers at the Music Lifestyle, who have been a great coach to Alfred Joshua. Wishing Music Lifestyle all the best, inspiring life more..
(Alfred Joshua’s Mum)
Music is always Magical…,Miraculous…, and Amazing…I still recalled a little voice asking “ Mama, I wanted to learn playing piano.” At that very moment, in fact I was thrilled myself to hear about it, deep down in my heart I was struggling and asking myself, if Alfred would be able to play and would his fingers been able to play reach the piano keys producing all chords well, would he be able to finish all the music lessons… There was worries in me here and there, if he could not make it, would it be even worst for him. How would I cope with him, and etc. Alfred Joshua was four years old when he asked me about learning the piano. He was born with a congenital fingers, where he does not have a complete and full finger formation. But everyone can learn to play something. I thought, I should not be worry too much as Alfred just want to play…so just Let him try playing the piano. He will also enjoy listening to the tune he made when touching the keys, and it will stimulate his creativity… So why not…But here he is today… miraculously, Alfred now plays sets of music. To which I formerly told myself, “ One day how I wish to hear some music pieces played by him”. Thank God that he does now. I am so proud of him giving his best efforts to try and play. Thank you to his teacher, who has been so compassionate to teach Alfred in music. Journey with him and help him to find a right technique to play and produce the music and tune well. Bringing his spirit and discipline him to play well, direct and explore his creativity to perform. Now, Alfred does not only think that he Plays Piano, but he Shares music with all. He shares the love and encouragement to people around about music, the inspiration and its bonding. Our great thanks to MUSIC LIFESTYLE, for being a bridge of Alfred’s foundation to music and endeavours him that Music is indeed Magical, Miraculous and Amazing!
(Chief Financial Officer of a world wide globalized company)
I came to know Music LifeStyle while I walked into The Central where it had a wonderful roadshow and that is when I met Steven Chong who was performing solo on Harmonica during the roadshow by Music LifeStyle. I walked away three times before I returned to sign up for harmonica lessons because of the magnetic draw of Steven’s performance. That was in 2014, and I never looked back since. And this month in June 2015, I found myself in the same roadshow demonstrating my skills as Steven’s student. In this roadshow Steven together with one of the guitar teachers and a piano teacher, all from Music LifeStyle, came up with their own rendition of some popular and classical pieces – music that pulled the heart strings of many shoppers. Music LifeStyle Academy is the place for musicians,students to get together to advance their musical talent in an encouraging environment and also the opportunity to perform in public. And, Steven is a very commited teacher that gives me the impetus to always advance to the next higher level. Thank you Steven. – Elaine Tan
(Nicole Kim’s Mum)
My 16 yr old daugter has been taking music theory lesson from Music Lifestyle since 2011 and we have been very happy. Having not very pleasant experience of wasting time and expenses with some local music schools and teachers, we didn’t expect much from Music Lifestyle at first but just wanted to pass the music theory grade 5 to take violin grading exam. The reason why I chose this one is after visiting number of local music schools, Music LifeStyle is the only one who can teach higher level of music theory. I had quite a confidence I found the right one at last and I was right finally. Starting grade 5 music theory and now preparing grade 8 theory, my daughter is very motivated to keep on studying music and she recently had scored Distinction for ABRSM Violin Grade 8. Music LifeStyle has helped my daughter’s aural part preparation. I,myself had piano lesson from Music LifeStyle and know exactly how great teacher she is. I am sure it is very hard to find such a teacher like Music LifeStyle who can support all the aspect what parents ask for the music teacher. Music LifeStyle is wonderful and has amazing patience and energy in teaching. I would recommend Music LifeStyle to anyone who wants to learn or progress their talent in Music.
Kin Fai & Lynn
(Jun Hung’s Parents)
“We enrolled Jun Hung into Music Lifestyle for formal piano lessons in 2013. Given Jun Hung’s lively character, we were worried that he would lose interest and give up playing the piano. However, his piano teacher has been able to understand his character and ability, and to engage him meaningfully, thus bringing out the best in him. We are impressed with Music Lifestyle’s holistic approach to music education that includes nurturing musical interest and talent of their students. The efforts to organise annual recitals and public performances for its students would further refine their music skills and build their confidence. With such an approach, we remain confident that Jun Hung will continue his musical journey at Music Lifestyle with deep understanding and enjoyment.”
Mr.Chng & Mabel Heng
My daughter, Meryle Chng, has started learning at the age of 4 with Music LifeStyle. Some people misperceived that learning at age of 4 is a bit too young. But after the first two lessons with Music LifeStyle, we can see that Meryle loves it so much. Teachers at Music LifeStyle are patient and gentle towards young children. Making them love musical instruments in their professional modern methods. 3 years have passed and we can still see Meryle looking forward to every week’s lesson. Through their professionalism, we can see that Meryle’s love of music and her confidence and patience is growing inside her. She even said she wanted to be a piano teacher when she grows up! We as parents are very happy that we found and picked the right music school for her. And we are sure that Meryle can work towards her dream under the guidance of Music LifeStyle. Thank you so much.
Wai Lam & Sabrina
Ayden has been attending music lesson at Music Lifestyle for about 1 year from now. He thoroughly enjoys the lesson and looks forward to attend his music class every week. The music programme conducted is very engaging and have nurtured Ayden’s love for music. His teacher is very dedicated and willing to listen and understand his needs. We are impressed by her sincerity and professionalism in developing Ayden’s potential in music.
Thomas & Jacqualine
My daughter Jovianne Yap has been with Music LifeStyle for the past four years and i can see tremendous improvement in my daughter. Her teacher is very professional and she is always very patience and she get along and understand her student well. Music life style always organise stage performance for their students and through this stage performance, i can see that jovianne has built up her confidence and i am sure jovianne will do very well in her piano under Music life style well planned and personalise tailored programme. Thank you Music LifeStyle and your team of professional teachers.
Thank you for your motivating and interesting piano lesson. You are such a great music teacher with “Passion, Patience and Perseverance” to make music learning more fun and stimulating. I am sure you enjoy helping student to understand music and so do I. So, keep it up! Transform more music lovers in Singapore. Also appreciate Music Lifestyle Academy in providing the great facilities and convenience location for working adult like me. Thank you Kellyn, Jeff and Cindy!