Individual Programmes

Individual Classes

Here, parents & students may view the list of courses available at Mandeville Conservatory of Music. A brief overview will be given regarding each course available, including the minimum age required as well as the objectives of each course.

Trial Lesson (updated as of 1st June 2018)

We offer Trial Lessons if you would like to try out one session of  your chosen instrument. The purpose of a Trial lesson is to allow the teacher to assess the readiness/suitability of the student for the particular course.

Confirmation of the Trial lesson is upon payment of the Trial fee, at least one day before the Trial lesson date. Cancellation & postponement made by the student less than 24 hours before the Trial lesson date will lead to full forfeiture of the Trial fee. It is non-transferable & non-refundable.

For Group classes: Enrollments are given priority for slots over Trial students, even if a Trial payment has been made first. Should there be no vacancy left in the current class, the Trial student will be rescheduled to another class (subjected to availability). Otherwise, the Trial fee may be refunded upon request.

Admission Requirements:

Minimum age of 4 years old (Individual Course)

Minimum age requirements for individual piano studies are waived for selected graduates from Mandeville’s Baby Music Course, Baby Graduate Course and Preschooler Course.

Features:

1. Weekly individual lesson with the assigned teacher.

2. Once a month participation in the Creative Musicianship Class (CMC). During the CMC week, there are no individual lessons accorded.

Features of Creative Musicianship Class (CMC):

1. Transforming the students’ competence to artistry by providing monthly solo or ensemble performance experiences.
2. Enhancing musical knowledge through the study of different music periods.
3. Developing aural skills through the use of audio-visual resources.
4. Exploring improvisation techniques and rhythmic awareness.

Objectives:

1. To build a sound technical skill base.
2. To master music-reading ability and aural awareness.
3. To develop tone production, colours and sonority so as to enhance the ability to communicate with an audience.
4. To master stylistic interpretations of various piano repertoire
5. To encourage musicianship through performances as a soloist or in an ensemble.

Courses Offered: Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass

Admission Requirements:

1. Violin: 4 years old

2. Cello: 5 years old

3. Double Bass: 7 years old

Minimum age requirements for individual violin studies are waived for selected graduates from Mandeville’s Baby Violin Course.

Features: Weekly individual lesson with assigned teacher.

Violin and Cello Ensembles: For Violin and Cello courses, there is a once a month participation in the Violin and Cello Ensemble respectively. During the Violin and Cello Ensemble week, there is no individual lesson accorded.

Courses Offered: Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar and Electric Guitar

Admission Requirements: Minimum age of 9 years old for individual guitar course.

Features:

1. For Beginner to Advanced students.
2. Exam syllabus, or specialization in genre/style, or both.
3. Classic/Modern Rock, English/Chinese Pop, Fingerstyle, Indie, Jazz/Fusion, Blues, Funk, Metal, World music, Alternative genres, Christian music.
4. Guitar effects – Distortion, Delay, EQ, Compression, Chorus, etc.
5. Rhythm and lead playing.
6. Learn to play as a solo musician, or as part of a band/ensemble.
7. Performance and stage presence training.
8. Improvisation, arrangement, and artist studies.
9. Guitar maintenance and adjustment.
10. Transcription and play-by-ear training.
11. Culture and Theory studies.
12. Produce YouTube videos, and recording projects with a Digital Audio Workstation.

Features of Guitar Ensembles:

1. Transforming the students’ competence to artistry by providing monthly ensemble performance practice.
2. Developing ensemble skills.

Objectives:

1. Mastery of technical skills.
2. Instill proper practicing techniques and habits for efficient learning.
3. Develop confident and expressive performers.
4. Develop musical identity and style.
5. Reading and creating sheet music.
6. Write your own music.
7. Exposure to a range of music.

Admission Requirements:

Minimum age of 6 years old. Students below 6 years old will require a parent to accompany during the lesson.

Objectives: The student should be able to strum simple patterns to accompany most songs and be able to play with others.

Course Outline:

1. Introduction of instrument
2. Strumming patterns
3. Tuning
4. Chords
5. Rhythm
6. Reading Tabulatures and notes
7. Playing with others
8. Simple picking patterns

Features: Weekly individual lesson with the assigned teacher.

Admission Requirements:

1. Minimum age of 6 years old, depending on the student’s height.

2. Must own a pair of drum sticks upon commencement of class.

Objectives:

1. To build a sound technical skill base.
2. To develop accurate and efficient reading ability.
3. To master stylistic authenticity whilst playing a range of grooves from contemporary rock, jazz, world music and funk.
4. To encourage musicianship through performances as part of an ensemble.

Admission Requirements:

1. Minimum age of 9 years old.

2. Students must own the chosen woodwind instrument upon commencement of class.

Features: Weekly individual lesson with the assigned teacher.

Objectives:

1. To master the correct breathing technique, posture and fingering.
2. To develop high-quality tone production, intonation and articulations.
3. To strengthen technique with well-developed fingering exercises.
4. To encourage musicianship through performances as soloist or in an ensemble.

Woodwind Ensembles: Once a month participation in the Woodwind Ensembles. During the Woodwind Ensemble week, there are no individual lessons accorded.

Features of the Woodwind Ensembles: Transforming the students’ competence to artistry by providing monthly ensemble performance practice.

Admission Requirements:

Minimum age of 4 years old.

Features: Weekly individual lesson with the assigned teacher.

Objectives:

1. To master the correct breathing technique, and usage of diaphragm.
2. To develop high-quality musical expression & vocal technique
3. To encourage musicianship through performances.