Testimonials given to us by the students and parents of Mandeville. These testimonials are generously given in our mission to provide quality music education. Hence, we are truly grateful to receive these kind words from our students and we hope to share a consensus of being the absolute best in service and education.

01.   I am truly grateful to Mr Ken Tan and Ms Yap Shu Mei for letting me intern at Mandeville. I am also very thankful to the employees there who made interning there a much more enjoyable experience. They were fun to talk to and also had wise advice to share at times.

From these 3 weeks here at Mandeville, I have learned a lot about what it takes to work in a company. I have gained a deep insight into the workings of a music school, the organisation and communication required to keep everything in order. I have thoroughly enjoyed the people as well, everyone was very friendly, especially the staff I worked with, and they made this experience all the more enjoyable. This internship is an unforgettable experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and one I will draw upon when I encounter hardships in the working world in future.

Ethan Ren recounts his work attachment at Mandeville Conservatory of Music

02.   My music education with Mandeville spans decades. I had the pleasure of learning to play violin under Ms Yap Shu Mei, the school’s principal, when I was 19. She had just started Mandeville and the school was only a 4-room music studio in Orchard Hotel. Under her stellar leadership and vision, Mandeville is now an established cornerstone of the music education industry in Singapore. I believe there are three reasons that attribute to Mandeville’s success. Firstly, their commitment to hiring good quality teachers who inspire their students to achieve the best results in the their choice of instrument. Secondly, Mandeville has a solid offering of music programs across different instruments – from baby music appreciation to ABRSM exam syllabus and even pop and jazz music!

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Lastly and most importantly, Mandeville provides a holistic music learning experience for all its students. I firmly believe that learning music in a good school is far superior to taking private lessons at home. It is not just one’s ability to play – but the ability to perform and make music in a group – that defines a musician. I like that Mandeville organises many concerts and recitals for its students to participate in – unlike isolated learning in a home environment. These sessions provide precious opportunities for music students to hone their performance skills and build confidence in general as a person. Two decades on and now a mother of two, there’s only one music school where I will enrol my children. My younger daughter, Carrie, has graduated from the Baby Music appreciation program and my older son, Asher, had moved beyond the Baby Music program  to individual Violin lessons with the school. He enjoys his Violin lessons and performing so much he has also decided to join Mandeville’s Violin Stars performance group. We must not underestimate the importance of a good music foundation in the nascent days of one’s music learning. It is for these reason that Mandeville will always be the school of choice or me and my children.

Sharon Ang, mother to Carissa and Asher Ng

03.   Mandeville prepares its students splendidly well for exams, by providing many facilities, including aural classes, master classes and recital class. The master classes are run by expert teachers, including Ms Yap and Mr Kang, both professional musicians. It’s a small group class, and since the teacher hosting the class is not the child’s regular teacher, a fresh perspective is given to the child on how he can improve and what new methods he can use to make those improvements. My son benefited tremendously from Ms Yap’s class and attained a distinction for his exam. He told me that he learnt many things from Ms Yap, including the correct bowing technique, somehow her method of explanation got through to him. On that note, his violin teacher, Mr Teodor is also exceptional in patiently working with my son on correcting his errors and always being encouraging, something that is so important to young children. Mandeville regularly organises concerts and recitals to allow the children to perform and grow in confidence and love for music.

Ratna Mishra, mother of Sunay Mishra, Suniska Mishra and Sujay Mishra

04.   From the very first day, I have been struck by Mandeville’s belief that music is to be shared and enjoyed. Every student is motivated to participate and to perform. The many big and small concerts as well as festivals that the school organises throughout the year reflect this strong belief. Our boy progressed from the Preschooler music class to piano, violin and Violin Stars classes. The occasional tears and tantrums during practices always transform into big, beautiful smiles after performances or upon the teacher’s encouragements and praises. The values he learns through these experiences are most important to us. I think this is truly what sets Mandeville apart from other music schools.

Ling, mother of Lim JR

05.   My children started learning the violin at the tender age of four with Baby Suzuki Group Class. They then progressed to individual lesson and playing in the violin star ensemble. Through their learning journeys, they have met many nurturing teachers who have inspired them to enjoy and play music beautifully. They have also forged many close friendships through playing in the ensemble. It’s like playing and creating music in a family. Music became fun and alive to them! I believe Mandeville opens the door to unlimited possibilities for (my) children in the area of nurturing their creative development and lifelong learning in music as a result of their participation in various local and overseas performances, as well as, for performances for a cause. Such a synergy at this tender age will certainly serve to enhance their growth in this (I believe) much needed area in Singapore.

Tan May Yen, mother of Yee Ern Ong, Ethan Ong and Yee Lynn Ong

06.   The teachers are highly qualified and inspiring. They ignite love of music and continuously find ways to help the child improve. My son enjoys his weekly violin lessons and had accomplished several musical achievement under the nurturing teachers. The school maintains an open communication and also provides a platform for overseas performances. At Mandeville, I am assured that my child is learning under the best to develop his life- long music skills. Highly recommended!

Sally Kheng, mother of Ethan Siow

07.   I always believe that music is a language that expresses the human emotions and can communicate with its beautiful nuances. Playing music is an activity that connects people and where one enjoys doing everyday as what my kiddos have learned during their Baby Violin with the Founder of the Mandeville, Ms Yap Shu Mei, “You Practice on the Days You Eat”. This has since become a daily activity that the kids enjoy and connect with one another and with their friends. My 3 kids have been learning at The Mandeville Conservatory of Music since the age of 3. Mandeville has not only created the environment for learning but also provided opportunity for its students to practice that.

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The various festival and group activities such as the biennial String Conference, Mandeville Competition, the monthly Strings Ensemble, Chamber Music as well as the weekly Stars Violin Group have helped my kids developed their understanding, appreciation and confidence in enjoying the beauty of playing music and most importantly, the desire to play music. My 3 kids who are now 11, 9 and 7 enjoy playing their Violin and Cello so much that they get together regularly in the evening to jam on pieces they learned. This would not have been possible without the inspiration and motivation from their team of highly committed, patient, creative and passionate teachers. Their Violin teacher Ms Yap Shu Mei, Cello teacher Chia-Min and many others have make learning so fun and interesting that my kids always look forward to their weekly lessons at Mandeville. I, myself as an educator strongly believe that one must have the value & quality of passion to teach. The teachers here at Mandeville have already surpassed that quality.

Richard Loh, father of Lauren (Violin), Laurel (Violin), Lloyd (Cello)

08.   It is with pleasure that we provide this testimonial for Mandeville Conservatory of Music, our daughter’s violin school. Being home-school parents of two, we believe that home-school freedom allows us to choose the curriculum and style of learning that fits each of our children’s individual needs best.  The process and relationships remain our number one focus. When Celestia was four years old, she showed interest in music particularly in violin. So, we began to do our research online and prayed for the best school that would suit Celestia’s needs. We thanked God that we found Mandevillle Conservatory of Music. Mandeville has been a great experience.  The whole team has been warm and were of great help.

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I remembered vividly, the very first lesson in ‘Baby Suzuki Class’ when we saw the sparks in Celestia’s eyes.  Since then, Ms. Yap Shu Mei has been a part of Celestia’s life as her violin teacher for over five years now.  Ms. Yap is always ready with her beautiful smile and endless encouragements.  She is able to access Celestia’s strength and weakness very well, assigned Celestia with the appropriate techniques to bring out her best, and inspired Celestia to continue with the arduous journey.  Ms. Yap managed to touch Celestia’s heart through music. Over the past years, Celestia has frog leaped from ten fumbling fingers to two steady hands under Mandeville.  I observed that the teachers in Mandeville had burning passion in music as they do not take in students for monetary purposes, but mostly to educate the students through their love for music. As we have no high level of musical education, we had to rely on Ms. Yap to provide us with guidance as to help Celestia to progress, which was always greatly appreciated.  Fortunately, Celestia progressed to the point that our participation especially practices at home became minimal. Today, Celestia has completed her Grade 5 ABRSM with a high distinction of 142, and also had won the first prize in Mandeville Music Festival 2017 junior category.  She also occasionally plays for our mother church back in Malaysia. Besides achieving in her results, she has grown to be more resilient and strive to embrace challenges positively. With confidence, we could say that the reason Celestia had done well, is not only through her hard work, but with the wonderful experience with Ms. Yap and the whole management of Mandeville Conservatory of Music, that has been essential to her achievements.  We would like to thank Ms. Yap and Mandeville for their commitments to bring out the best in their students, harnessing good virtues beyond musical techniques, beautiful hearts and beautiful music into our home. Thank you.

Robin Choo and Renee Goh, parents of Celestia Maye Choo

09.   I have always felt that music has a profound effect on developing the soul of a person … Especially in a child who appreciates music and how it connects people. How close friendships are forged through making music together, how joy is brought to people who need music to lift their moods, how music is used to bridge across different cultures and communities.

Not only so , as the child pursues a level of competency in acquiring the musical skills , they learn to apply values that enhance character development . How perseverance, patience, self-discipline, challenging their limits lead them to fulfill their potential. We must therefore put them in an environment that focuses on the process rather than the outcome.

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Achieving that level of proficiency in playing the Instrument is never an end in itself, that presents in the form of a score in a music examination or a trophy in a competition. All children who engage in music should be winners in their own rights. When they overcome a difficult piece, when they play for their loved ones, when they stand on stage and feel good performing, because they can and have done it, without feeling compelled or pressurised to be better than others so long as they have bettered themselves.

I am grateful that Mandeville places the goal of music education on creating a meaningful journey rather than reaching a destination. In fact creating a journey that is so enjoyable that no one is in a hurry to rush to a destination. Those who truly enjoy music will have a lifetime ‘s worth of pleasure indulging in music.

At the end of the day, we must remember the goal isn’t so much a child playing beautiful music but rather the music creating a beautiful child. “Education isn’t just about feeding the brain. Art and music feed the heart and soul.”

I salute the school and its philosophy for every child to enjoy music at their own pace and to do so with friends. I believe each student would then thrive and flourish together with the music that they play.

Thank you, Mandeville!

Dr Wong Yu Yi, mother of Peng Tzer Ming

10.   Cheryl is a student of Mandeville Conservatory of Music under Teacher Christine Octaviani since 2011. She was awarded a Distinction in her Licentiate of Trinity College London Diploma examination in Music Performance in 2016. She was also awarded the gold medal award in the senior category of the biennial Mandeville Music Festival in 2015 and 2017. As a student in Mandeville, she has performed in many places such as the Alliance Francaise Theatre and the Japanese Association Auditorium.

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Having taken music as a formal subject in both secondary school and junior college, Cheryl also had many opportunities to perform in the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) Orchestra Hall and the Esplanade Recital Studio. Additionally, she was a recipient of the Ministry of Education Music Elective Scholarship (MES) from 2016 to 2017.

She was also a member of her secondary school and junior college band and performed in both the Esplanade Concert Hall and YSTCM Concert Hall during her annual band concerts.

Cheryl also has a brother and sister who plays the violin and she regularly accompanies them in their performances and competitions.

She aspires to become a music performer, music therapist and teacher in the future.

Cheryl Toh Yun Yee, student of Christine Octaviani